180° Excavator Backhoe & Bucket

On completion of the 180° Excavator Backhoe & Bucket (JCB) Course, the Trainee will have established theory and practical knowledge and skills in safe operations of this specific type of plant.

Attachment training can also be incorporated within this course but may affect the course duration depending upon the trainees experience.

It is advised for the operative to attend a cable avoidance assistance course to complement any excavator course to assist in the safe detection of underground services.


The basic course syllabus includes…

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 & ACOPS
Site safety – area hazards and risk assessment
Operatives responsibility – PPE – Stability & safe working loads
Pre-start checks – Controls & observations
Manoeuvring, stop / start – Securing pins and quick hitch release systems
Loading shovel techniques and hazards
Excavation safety and attachments
Practical operations and loading of vehicles
Pre-start check test
Practical Test
Theory Test
Course closing summary


As with all our courses, we will adapt the course to suit the experience and number of candidates on the course, which may affect the duration.

Refresher Course: 1 day
Semi Experienced Course: 5 days
Novice Operative Course: 10 days

Instructor Machinery Ratio

This course has an instructor – trainee – machinery ratio of…

3 x Trainees
1 x Instructor
1 x 180° Excavator with Backhoe & Bucket

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