Mini Digger Operations (Max 6 Tonne)

The purpose of this course is to assess the operator’s ability to operate a Mini Digger to an acceptable standard. It covers a wide range of operating conditions and activities, and aims to promote safe working practices which comply with current legislation.

This course is provided under the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS). CSCS provide for the training, assessment, certification and registration of non-craft operatives within the construction sector.

Successful applicants will receive Solas certification and card."


Corrective Training
Candidates will undertake a 3 hour corrective training session with the course instructor. Corrective training cannot give skills and knowledge not held, but allows the experienced operator to eliminate ‘bad habits’ gained on site.
Please note that the instructor has the right to refuse the candidate access to the test if they have dangerous operating skills that contravene any part of the Safety, Health and Welfare regulations.
Theory Test
On completion of any corrective training, candidates are allowed 45 minutes to undertake a multi-choice question paper. Questions will be based on subjects about:
•Legislation 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 permitted)
•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 corrective training.
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 digger.
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 marks as well as all the essential marks will be awarded a credit.
The practical has a maximum time that all tasks must be completed within.


The machines essential features and routine maintenance
How to operate the machine safely and effectively
How to avoid potential dangers
Health and Safety Legislation
How to give and understand banksman’s signals
How to move a machine to and from a site
Starting and stopping the machine
Pre shift and daily checks
Operating the machine
Changing attachments
Excavating & digging procedures/practices
Backfilling procedures/practices"

Candidate Criteria

Candidates for this programme must:

Have at least six months full time quarry experience operating mini diggers in accordance with the 1st Schedule – of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Quarries) Regulations 2008 – S.I. No. 28 of 2008. The six months experience must be within a two year period.

Have undertaken Safety Awareness Training including the following: Employees duties/responsibilities, Health and Hygiene, traffic management, site specific hazards / safety

Be at least 18 years of age

Course schedule.

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Mini Digger Operations (Max 6 Tonne)