CSCS Mini Excavator Training

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Due to strict covid restrictions CSCS courses have been suspended until further notice.

Course Suitable For:


Anybody who engages in the use of a Mini Excavator


Please note if you have the relevant experience on the 360 Excavator, you should do the CSCS 360 Excavator course as this will cover you for the 360 and the Mini Excavator.


Course Award:


QQI Certification and Solas CSCS card valid for five years

Course Fees:


Please contact OSS Training Coordinator for individual course fees and availability


Course Duration:


1 day

Start time 9am

Course Participants:


Maximum of 3 participants



Plant operators are required to: 


  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a minimum of six months experience on that item of plant
  • Have a valid safe pass card


The CSCS plant training and assessment programme enables trained construction plant operators to gain recognition for their achievements by the way of certification, and provide an opportunity for participants to demonstrate their skills, knowledge and attitudes associated with plant operations, which provides suitable certification.

 Course Programme:

  • Induction
  • Skills Validation System
  • Theory Test
  • Practical Test


On completion of the skills validation session, candidates are allowed 45 minutes to undertake a multi-choice question paper.

Questions will be based on the following:

  • Legislations and Regulations
  • Employer and Employee Responsibilities
  • Safe Working Practices
  • Machine Components and Functions
  • Correct Operating Techniques
  • Pre-Use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road Travel (Where Relevant)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and loads
  • Site safety
  • Shut down and securing procedures

Subjects that the questions will be based on will be covered during the Skills Validation Session. To be successful on the theory test, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the total available marks. Candidates who achieve a minimum of 85% will be awarded a credit. 

Practical Test:

On the test the candidate will demonstrate tasks with the Mini Excavator. The tasks to be undertaken,equipment required and a sample grading sheet is contained in part four of the candidate pack. Part four of the candidate pack details the equipment and resources needed for the test and the tasks the candidate will be expected to carry out with a Mini Excavator. The grading sheet is divided into essential items and scored marks. Scored marks allow a limited number of minor errors to be made. To Succeed, the candidate must achieve all essential items and not exceed the maximum score. Candidates who score no penalty marks as well as all the essential marks will be awarded a credit. The practical test has a maximum time of 1 hour and 15 mins in which all tasks must be completed.

Experienced Plant Operators must complete a SOLAS Candidate Pack detailing experience and complete a one day assessment.