Course Syllabus


(Relevant to articulated and rigid machines with two or four wheel drive with front, rotary, side-tipping or high-lift skips)   

Duration:      Refresher / Experienced Operator– 1 day

Up to 3 Novice Operators – 2 days

Ratio:             1 Machine: 3 Trainees: 1 Instructor

1. AIM

To provide the theoretical and practical knowledge to safely operate a Dumper whether it be of an articulated or rigid type, with two or four wheel drive or with either front, rotary, side-tipping or high-lift skips.


 The course will comprise of theoretical and practical instruction covering the following:  

2.1.      Responsibilities under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

2.2.      Safe operator practices (Company Mobile Plant Rules if on customer premises)

2.3.      Daily and weekly maintenance schedules

2.4.      Identification of components and pre-start checks

2.5.      Start-up procedures

2.6.      Factors affecting stability

2.7       Motive and hydraulic controls

2.8       Manoeuvring in open and confined spaces (level and rough terrain)

2.9       Loading and tipping procedures

2.10    Banksman signalling

2.11    Discharging materials into trench-work

2.12    Travelling on inclines

2.13    Travelling on the public highway

2.14    Working on stock-piles

2.15    Re-fuelling procedures

2.16    Parking and post-stop checks


On successful completion of training, candidates will have a theoretical understanding on the importance of the following:

3.1       The need to train and statuary requirements

3.2.      Understanding machine stability and limitations

3.3       Causes of accidents; risks associated with mobile plant

3.4       Safe operator practices

3.5       Pre-start checks, start-up procedures and safety checks

3.6       Daily and weekly maintenance requirements

3.7       Safe loading, discharge and travelling of materials (including inclines)

3.8       Banksman signalling

3.9       Safe parking, re-fuelling and post-stop checks


On successful completion of the training, the candidate will have demonstrated to a basic operational standard all of the following:

4.1.      Pre-shift safety checks and start-up procedures

4.2.      The ability to manoeuvre and operate the vehicle correctly within the manufacturer’s    recommendations and to the operator’s safety code (both laden and unladen)

4.3.      Correctly and safely receive materials from the loader

4.4.      Travel safely about site and on the public highway

4.5.      Discharge materials correctly and safely ranging from trench-work to stock-pile areas and also, into receptacles in the case of the high-lift type vehicles

4.6       Operate in both open and confined spaces and on level, rough terrain and inclines

4.7       Operate safely on the public highway

4.8       Correctly Park, shut-down and secure the vehicle

4.9       Carry out a post-stop inspection