Conduct backhoe/loader operations

This two day training course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to conduct backhoe/loader operations in the civil construction industry. It includes: planning and preparing; conducting machine pre-operational checks; operating backhoe/ loaders; lifting, carrying and placing materials; selecting, removing and fitting attachments; relocating the backhoe/ loaders; carrying out machine operator maintenance; and cleaning up.

Note: To undertake this course the client must provide the necessary plant and equipment i.e. backhoe/loader

Course Duration

2 days

Who Should Attend

This course is suitable for people who are required to use a backhoe/loader within Western Power assets or resources.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this course participants should be able to:

  • safely operate a backhoe – loader
  • recognise and prevent hazards associated with backhoe operations
  • lift, carry and place materials
  • select, fit and remove accessories
  • negotiate unstable terrain, overhead and underground services, excavations, embankments and cuttings
  • carry out machine operator maintenance
  • follow emergency procedures

PPE/PPC & Equipment Requirements

  • To undertake this course the client must provide the necessary plant and equipment i.e. backhoe/loader*

Some of the practical training for this course will take place in an operational area. You are required to have/provide Western Power approved PPC and PPE requirements for the practical work. Refer to the Western Power PPE Procedure Sections 3.1 & 3.2, for these requirements.

Note: Unless otherwise stated, Power Training Services does not provide PPE, PPC and tools for training courses.


Written and practical assessments are included in the course.
Participants will need to demonstrate the required knowledge and the necessary practical skills in line with the learning outcomes.
Participants will not be considered to have completed this course until all assessments have been completed to a satisfactory level.


Statement of Attainment

Note: This course is delivered by a third party training provider.

If there are no classes currently availble, please contact PTS to request a booking.

Assessments are made against units of competency.