CPCS A59 Excavator 360 - Above 10 Tonnes Course

CPCS A59 Excavator 360 - Above 10 Tonnes Course


The CPCS A59 Excavator 360 – Above 10 Tonnes course provides operators with the necessary knowledge and accreditation to correctly and safely operate an A59a Excavator above ten tonnes on site and is accredited by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS). The course is delivered as a mix of practical training and tutorials.

Please be aware that this is an A59a tracked course - if you are looking to complete lifting or wheeled operations endorsements, please contact us and talk to a member of our team.

Delegates are required to have a basic knowledge of current health & safety issues as well as a good understanding of written and spoken English. In order to successfully complete this safety training, candidates MUST have a CITB Health, Safety & Environmental touch screen test which has been completed within 2 years of the course examination date.

The CPCS Red trained operator card confirms a level of core skills, knowledge and understanding that can be applied in the workplace.  PLEASE NOTE this card is non-renewable.


On completion of the CPCS A59a Excavator 360 course targeted at equipment above ten tonnes, delegates will be equipped with both the practical skills and knowledge to:

  • Operate an A59a Excavator 360 above ten tonnes effectively and in line with health and safety legislation requirements.
  • Safely use and fit ancillary equipment.
  • Carry out routine servicing requirements.
  • Understand the benefits, purposes, requirements and limits of each type of equipment.


This CPCS course will cover the following:

  • Your responsibilities as an operator of an A59a Excavator 360 above ten tonnes.
  • Main machine components, operation and jargon.
  • Up-to-date health and safety regulations and legislation.
  • Equipment security and use procedures.
  • Operating equipment over challenging types of terrain.
  • Safely operating machinery in tight spaces.
  • Types of ground.
  • Moving materials into hoppers and other vehicles.
  • Effectively moving and travelling with basic loads.


Candidates will be required to take part in both theory and practical examinations to complete the CPCS training course, and successful completion will provide operators with a CPCS Red Trained Operator Card - this lasts for two years, in which you may choose to upgrade to a Blue CPCS Competence Card.

Assessment will take place across the following:

  • 4 days of practical training
  • 1 day of CPCS testing

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for operators who wish to use an A59a Excavator 360 above ten tonnes in the workplace and are looking to obtain the CPCS Red Card.

Suggested Progression

The CPCS Red Card is only valid for 2 years and delegates will be required to progress to the CPCS Blue Competent Operator Card.  To achieve this delegates must complete the relevant NVQ.  The Blue card had a 5 year expiry and is renewable.


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