Excavator Operation

Skills and knowledge required to conduct excavator operations.

Course duration

1 day

Suitable for

People who are required to operate an excavator within the Resources, Construction and infrastructure industries.

Course includes

The operation of an excavator including:

  • loading,
  • bulk excavation
  • backfilling
  • trench excavation
  • stockpiling
  • battering and benching;
  • lifting
  • carrying and placing materials


  • planning and preparing
  • conducting machine pre-operational checks
  • selecting, removing and fitting attachments
  • relocating the machine
  • carrying out machine operator maintenance
  • cleaning up.


To gain the Unit of Competency, you will need to provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you do not have a USI please apply for one via the USI website.

Special requirements

You will need to complete a pre-course assessment.
Once your training has been booked, an email will be sent to you with a copy of the learner guide and assessment.

Failure to complete the pre-course assessment prior to the commencement of the course will result in re-scheduling of training. Cancellation fees may apply.

What to wear

  • PPE Level 1 – including long pants, sleeved shirt and steel-capped boots.

See the Western Power PPE Procedure for more information about the requirements


Written and practical assessment


  • A Statement of Attainment upon successful completion of individual units of competency

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

Assessments are made against units of competency.
  • Conduct civil construction excavator operations (RIIMPO320E)

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.