180 Excavator/Digger Training Course

Our 180 excavator and backhoe loader digger training course is designed to enable successful candidates to operate the machine safely and correctly, in accordance with the ITSSAR training syllabus.

All our training is ITSSAR, RTITB, and AITT accredited and can be carried out at your preferred location. Our expert instructors cover the length and breadth of the UK, providing you with truly national coverage.

What Our Digger Training Course Includes

On completion of training, the operators will have covered the following:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Operating Safety Rules
  • Mobility and Stability
  • Refuelling & Parking
  • Use of Shovel Bucket & Attachments
  • Use of Excavator
  • Stockpiling
  • Trenching
  • Pre-use checks test
  • Theory Test
  • Practical Test


On a 180 Excavator, the front bucket stabilises the backhoe load.

Ensure you keep the bucket flat while entering a stockpile and the bucket square against the stockpile.

Don’t be “greedy” with the bucket.


Any successful candidates should be supervised in line with the reported strengths and weaknesses in their training. If the training was NOT carried on the exact type of equipment they will be using; please ensure the appropriate familiarisation training is given.

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180 Excavator Training

Course Timings:

5 Day novice course 

3 Day experienced/existing operator

1 Day refresher course 

Course lengths will also vary depending on the number of candidates and operating experience.

Accredited Training

We charge a small registration fee per candidate. For the benefits of accredited training, please call the office.

Sign Up For Our Digger Training Course 

No one does 180 Excavator training delivered by accredited instructors quite like the HL team. We have a variety of training courses available. We can provide a training solution for any level of experience, ensuring you get the most out of the course. 

Sign up for a course today and become an accredited digger operator.


Here are some frequently asked questions.

How long does the 180 Excavator training course take to complete?

We offer three different versions of our digger training course depending on your level of experience. You can sign up for either our novice course (5 days), experienced course (3 days), or our refresher course (1 day). Some candidates may require additional training to the recommended guidelines.

How often should I refresh my training?

This is down to whether you or your employer feels you need to refresh your skills. It is not a legal requirement to undertake additional training. However, the HSE recommended guidelines are that operators complete refresher training every 3-5 years.

What qualifications do you need to drive a digger?

Some companies require candidates to have a CSCS card in order use their 180 Excavator qualification on certain sites.