Plant Operator Courses in North and South London, the Surrounding Areas, and Nationwide

With a proven success rate to date, London & Kent Safety Training AT Ltd is the training centre to consider for all your training courses, including health and safety, EUSR, street works, and plant operator courses. Based in Aylesford, Kent, our highly qualified instructors conduct these courses at our NPORS and SQA accredited training centre and in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We will also provide on-site training nationwide; please contact us for further information.

Tool & Plant Operator Courses

Please note it is understood that all individuals taking part in these courses will be proficient in answering questions on the relevant topics, and capable of performing the tasks listed below, upon the completion of each category.

London & Kent Safety Training offers the following tool and plant operator courses:

Section 1 – Warehouse, Industrial, Transport, Construction and Utilities

Lorry Loader Training (HIAB/Grab)
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the relevant handbook and current legislation relating to the vehicle and loader crane in question
  • Select the appropriate PPE for the task in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the major parts and controls of the vehicle and loader crane, and outlining each function
  • Carrying out all applicable safety checks on the vehicle and loader crane prior to use
  • Preparing the vehicle and loader crane for transport, and manoeuvring it across both level and rough terrain, and in confined and open spaces
  • Understanding all environmental concerns and conducting the necessary safety checks in the work areas
  • Performing the following tasks competently:
  • Deploying the stabilisers
  • Complying with capacity or load moment indicators
  • Identifying centres of gravity and weight loads
  • Using the loader crane to conduct lifting operations
  • Removing loads from the vehicle and replacing same accurately
  • Placing loads at various locations
  • Identifying, placing and removing all attachments and accessories
  • Preventing swing and ensuring the security of the load in transit
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Concrete Pump
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the relevant handbook and current legislation relating to the concrete pump in question
  • Select the appropriate PPE for the task in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the major parts and controls of the concrete pump, and outlining each function
  • Carrying out all applicable safety checks on the concrete pump prior to use
  • Preparing the concrete pump for operation
  • Indicating correct un-blocking and re-connecting methods
  • Cleaning the concrete pump after use
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Vehicle Marshall
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the particular vehicle’s handbook 
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Communicating with the relevant parties in order to confirm signals, codes and directions
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Successfully guiding all vehicles and machinery within confined spaces and blind spots
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Plant Marshall
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the particular machine’s handbook 
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Communicating with the relevant parties in order to confirm signals, codes and directions
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Successfully guiding all vehicles and machinery within confined spaces and blind spots
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Plant Loader Securer
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the particular machine’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the basic forms of transport whilst outlining their purposes, general construction, major components and controls
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Communicating with the relevant parties in order to confirm signals, codes and directions
  • Guaranteeing the particular machine is prepared for loading and unloading
  • Identifying potential hazards and explaining the best way to avoid same
  • Indicating the skill to conduct, or direct the conducting of, loading and unloading tasks
  • Displaying the ability to secure the plant items on the transport vehicles prior to transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Loader Compressor
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the loader compressor’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the loader compressor’s major components whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Guaranteeing the loader compressor is ready for use
  • Identifying potential hazards and explaining the best way to avoid same
  • Indicating the aptitude to operate the loader compressor properly
  • Demonstrating the ability to prepare various fixtures and attachments for storage and transport
  • Indicating the ability to conduct, or direct the conducting of, loading and unloading tasks
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures

Section 2 – All-Terrain Vehicles

Rear Tipping Dumper
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the rear tipping dumper’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the rear tipping dumper’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Preparing the rear tipping dumper for use and operating it correctly
  • Demonstrating knowledge and comprehension of loading and unloading duties
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Forward Tipping Dumper
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the forward tipping dumper’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the forward tipping dumper’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Preparing the forward tipping dumper for use and operating it correctly
  • Demonstrating knowledge and comprehension attaching trailers
  • Demonstrating the ability to prepare various fixtures and attachments for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Excavators 360
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the excavator’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the excavator’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Preparing the excavator for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain in open and confined spaces
  • Indicating the skills to manoeuvre the excavator to a designated area, conduct relevant excavating tasks, and load material onto relevant transport
  • Proving the competence to reinstate and level the surrounding areas
  • Demonstrating the ability to prepare various fixtures and attachments for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Excavator Used as a Crane
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the excavator’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the excavator’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Explaining safe working loads, lifting capacity charts, alternative lifting formations and working ranges
  • Outlining various lifting procedures in relation to potential dangers, centres of gravity and load weights
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Liaising with the Slinger/Signaller to agree codes and hand signals, safe working practices etc.
  • Ensuring the excavator is safely positioned prior to the addition of various attachments
  • Demonstrating the ability to perform a trial lift
  • Proving the skills to transport a load to a designated area safely
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Excavator 180
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the excavator’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the excavator’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Preparing the excavator for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain in open and confined spaces
  • Indicating the skills to manoeuvre the excavator to a designated area, conduct relevant excavating tasks, and load material onto relevant transport
  • Proving the competence to reinstate and level the surrounding areas
  • Demonstrating the ability to prepare various fixtures and attachments for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Road Rollers
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the road roller’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the road roller’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the road roller for use and operating it correctly
  • Demonstrating knowledge and comprehension of loading and unloading duties
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Loading Shovel
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the loading shovel’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the loading shovel’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the loading shovel for use and operating it correctly
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Telescopic Handler
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the telescopic handler’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the telescopic handler’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Outlining various lifting procedures in relation to potential dangers, centres of gravity and load weights
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the telescopic handler for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain in open and confined spaces
  • Indicating the skills to manoeuvre the excavator to a designated area and conducting various lifting and loading tasks
  • Liaising with the Slinger/Signaller to agree codes and hand signals, safe working practices etc.
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Telescopic Handler Suspended Load
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the telescopic handler’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Explaining safe working loads, lifting capacity charts, alternative lifting formations and working ranges
  • Outlining various lifting procedures in relation to potential dangers, centres of gravity and load weights
  • Liaising with the Slinger/Signaller to agree codes and hand signals, safe working practices etc.
  • Ensuring the excavator is safely positioned prior to the addition of various attachments
  • Proving the skills to transport a load to a designated area safely
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures

Please note – In certain circumstances all-terrain vehicle operators may have to be experienced Slingers/Signallers as well. Please contact London & Kent Safety Training for further information.

Section 3 – Plant Operations Qualifications

Level 2 Certificate in Plant Operations

This competence-based certificate confirms to the relevant parties that the holder possesses the understanding and competency to meet the standards required to carry out the various roles outlined therein. Individuals taking part in this course will learn how to prepare and operate compact cranes and ergonomic manipulating machines in order to lift and transport various loads within the workplace.

This certificate covers the following plant operations:
  • Attachments
  • Compacting
  • Cranes and Specialist Lifting
  • Excavating
  • Extracting
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Laying and Distributing
  • Loading and Securing
  • Movement Guide
  • Operations Guide
  • Processing
  • Road and Rail
  • Sweeping, Cleaning and Clearing
  • Transporting Loads
  • Work Platforms

The Plant Operations Certificate is recognised by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), an essential qualification for access to most construction sites and other relevant areas.

Level 2 Diploma in Plant Operations

This competence-based diploma confirms to the relevant parties that the holder possesses the understanding and competency to meet the standards required to carry out the various roles outlined therein.

Individuals taking part in this course will learn how to conduct the following:
  • Guiding and transporting various loads or machinery
  • Slinging and signalling the movement of various loads
Road rail plant machinery is also covered.

Participants may also specialise in certain areas pertaining to this diploma, such as cranes, excavators, forklift trucks or scissor platforms.

This certificate covers the following plant operations:
  • Excavating Materials
  • Extracting Materials
  • Lifting Loads
  • Transporting Loads
Dozer
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the dozer’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the dozer’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the dozer for use and operating it correctly
  • Demonstrating knowledge and comprehension of loading and unloading duties 
  • Showing the ability to fit various attachments prior to use, removing same and preparing for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Material Re-Handler
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the material re-handler’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the material re-handler’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the material re-handler for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain in open and confined spaces
  • Demonstrating knowledge and comprehension of loading and unloading duties 
  • Showing the ability to fit various attachments prior to use, removing same and preparing for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Plant Loader Securer
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the particular machine’s handbook
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the basic forms of transport whilst outlining their purposes, general construction, major components and controls
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Communicating with the relevant parties in order to confirm signals, codes and directions
  • Guaranteeing the particular machine is prepared for loading and unloading
  • Identifying potential hazards and explaining the best way to avoid same
  • Indicating the ability to conduct, or direct the conducting of, loading and unloading tasks
  • Demonstrating the skill to secure the plant items on the transport vehicles prior to transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Winching and Recovery
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the particular machine’s handbook and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the various types of winching and recovery equipment and lifting apparatuses, explaining their functions and general applications
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Outline procedures for placing non-serviceable items out-of-service
  • Identifying centres of gravity and weight loads
  • Setting up an exclusion zone
  • Securing various loads to the winch using the correct accessories and procedures
  • Winching and guiding same to designated locations via alternate methods of communication
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Screener
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the screener’s handbook and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the screener’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Indicating the ability to use the screener’s remote control correctly
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the screener for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain
  • Identifying the various types of screeners, explaining their functions and general applications along with the various advantages and disadvantages associated with same
  • Communicating with the loading operator using agreed signs and hand signals, required product size and speed of production
  • Showing the ability to prepare the screener for transportation
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Plant Mover
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the plant mover’s handbook and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the plant mover’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the plant mover for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain
  • Demonstrating the proficiency to fit various attachments prior to use, removing same and preparing for storage and transport
  • Showing the ability to prepare the plant mover for transportation
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures

Section 4 – Vehicle-Related Courses

Shunter Vehicle
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the shunter vehicle’s handbook and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the shunter vehicle’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the shunter vehicle for use and operating it correctly
  • Connecting and setting trailers for operation
  • Showing the ability to fit various attachments prior to use, removing same and preparing for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Road Sweeper
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the road sweeper’s handbook and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the road sweeper’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation
  • Preparing the road sweeper for use and operating it correctly over alternating terrain
  • Directing the road sweeper to the work area and correctly performing sweeping procedures
  • Demonstrating comprehension of tipping actions, types of diverse, hazardous and toxic waste, and waste landfill codes
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Skip Loader
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the skip loader’s handbook and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the skip loader’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation, including potential overhead and ground dangers
  • Preparing the skip loader for travel on site and public roads
  • Operating the skip loader correctly over alternating terrain and in tight spaces, whilst loaded and unloaded
  • Confirming the stability of the loading and unloading areas and position the skip loader accordingly
  • Indicating the ability to transport, collect and deposit skips in varying sizes and weights
  • Checking the integrity and security of the load in question
  • Ensuring all deposited skips remain in a safe environment
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Multi-Lift and Drop-Hook Loader Vehicles
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the multi-lift and drop-hook loaders’ handbooks and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the multi-lift and drop-hook loaders’ major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation, including potential overhead and ground dangers
  • Preparing the multi-lift and drop-hook loaders for travel on site and public roads
  • Operating the multi-lift and drop-hook loaders correctly over alternating terrain and in tight spaces, whilst loaded and unloaded
  • Confirming the stability of the loading and unloading areas and position the multi-lift and drop-hook loaders accordingly
  • Indicating the ability to transport, collect and deposit skips in varying sizes and weights
  • Checking the integrity and security of the load in question
  • Ensuring all deposited skips remain in a safe environment
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures
Gritter and Snowplough
  • Understanding the potential dangers of working within the industry and his/her appropriate obligations
  • Comprehending the contents of the gritter and snowplough’s handbooks and any relevant documentation
  • Choosing the right safety equipment to complement the job in hand, and fitting accordingly
  • Identifying the gritter and snowplough’s major components and controls whilst outlining their purposes
  • Completing a safety checklist as per recommendations and legislation, including potential overhead and ground dangers
  • Preparing the gritter and snowplough for use and operating both correctly
  • Connecting and setting trailers, mounted and power take-off (PTO) drives for operation
  • Showing the ability to fit various attachments prior to use, removing same and preparing for storage and transport
  • Understanding all environmental concerns
  • Correctly performing all completion procedures

Section 5 – NVQ

Level 2 Certificate in Plant Operations
This competence-based certificate confirms to the relevant parties that the holder possesses the understanding and competency to meet the standards required to carry out the various roles outlined therein. Individuals taking part in this course will learn how to prepare and operate compact cranes and ergonomic manipulating machines in order to lift and transport various loads within the workplace.

This certificate covers the following plant operations:
  • Attachments
  • Compacting
  • Cranes and Specialist Lifting
  • Excavating
  • Extracting
  • Forklift Trucks
  • Laying and Distributing
  • Loading and Securing
  • Movement Guide
  • Operations Guide
  • Processing
  • Road and Rail
  • Sweeping, Cleaning and Clearing
  • Transporting Loads
  • Work Platforms
The Plant Operations Certificate is recognised by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), an essential qualification for access to most construction sites and other relevant areas.
With a wealth of knowledge to hand - thanks to our dedicated instructors - London & Kent Safety Training are proud members of the following:

BALI – British Association of Landscape Industries
CSCS – Construction Skills Certification Scheme
EUSR – Energy & Utility Skills Register
NPORS – National Plant Operators Registration Scheme
RoSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
SQA – Scottish Qualifications Authority

With the support of each authority, we conduct our health and safety, plant operator, streetwork and EUSR courses in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about the range of courses we offer in North and South London, the surrounding areas, and nationwide, call us on 01732 522177 or 0844 8002981.

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