What is the purpose of this course?
The backhoe/loader operations course provides workers with the required skills and knowledge to operate a backhoe/loader in the civil construction industry. Training is also required to minimise the risks to health and safety of any person required to operate a Backhoe/loader.

The training course includes: Planning and preparing: Conducting machine pre-operational checks; Operating backhoe/loaders; Lifting, carrying and placing materials; Selecting , removing and fitting attachments; relocating the backhoe/loaders; Carrying out machine operator maintenance; and cleaning up.

What is a Backhoe/Loader?
A backhoe/loader is a self-propelled wheeled machine (similar to a farm tractor) with a main structural support designed to carry both a front-mounted bucket loading mechanism and a rear mounted backhoe.

About the course
This is a complete course for beginner and advanced workers alike. They will learn the latest regulation, skills, training and understanding to safely operate a backhoe/loader. This is a competency based training course that will keep working with participants for additional periods of time to help participants achieve the required competency.

Licensing, Legislative, Regulatory Considerations
While there are no licencing requirements for operating a backhoe/loader, a person conducting a business or undertaking must ensure that information, training and instruction provided to a worker is suitable and adequate having regard to:

  • the nature of the work carried out by the worker
  • the nature of the risks associated with the work at the time of the information, training and instruction, and
  • the control measures implemented.

The training provided must be readily understandable by any person to whom it is provided.

A person conducting a business or undertaking must not direct or allow a worker to carry out construction work unless the worker has successfully completed general construction induction training.

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