Course aims

The NPORS N201 course aims to provide the candidate with a thorough practical and theory training in operating a 180 Excavator in order to enable the candidate to pass the NPORS Theory and Practical Tests.


    Course content

    Through a combination of targeted training and experience, an individual with the 180 excavator will be able to:

    • Describe the nature of the sector of industry and their role and responsibilities as a plant operator.
    • Name and explain the purpose of principal components, the basic construction, controls and terminology.
    • Confirm with manufacturer’s requirements as per the operator’s handbook, other types of information source and relevant regulations and legislation.
    • Undertake all pre – use checks.
    • Configure and ready for site and highway travel.
    • Travel over rough, undulating ground, steep inclines and level surfaces.
    • Maneuver in confined spaces.
    • Configure and set – up for excavating duties.
      Explain action required for hazards, underground and overhead services.
    • Excavate differing types of excavations in various types of grounds.
    • Place materials into transporting vehicles and hoppers.
    • Grade, spread and level ground materials.
    • Attach and remove buckets.
    • Lift, move and place basic slung loads with the rear boom.
    • Maintain safe and tidy working areas.
    • Carry out shut down and securing procedures.
    • Explain the loading and unloading procedures for machine transporting.

    To achieve the NPORS Operators Card candidates must pass both the NPORS Theory and Practical Test.