Everything You Need to Know About Excavator Training

The construction and infrastructure industry in Australia is booming, and excavator operators are in high demand. Excavator training is a necessity for those looking to become a reliable and employable excavator operator who can name their price on big worksites.

First, you need to consider the licensing and training requirements for the role and Aus Loadshifting has all of the information you need to ensure you are very employable in the future.

When is an excavator license required?

In Australia, different sets of rules apply based on the situation your project applies to. For example, work performed in a private capacity has no specific rules applied to it in terms of requiring a license to operate an excavator.

If we are talking about a commercial job, no government regulations exist, but without any capability documentation, you will have a hard time finding employment.

The Workplace Health and Safety Act was amended in 2011 to state that a ticket is not a mandatory requirement for operating an excavator as the machinery was categorised as ‘low risk.’

This shifts the responsibility of the machine operation to the person conducting a business, which is often the site manager. As the liability falls on the site manager, the risk is mitigated by only hiring operators who are competent and can supply documentation to prove it. 

The following machines can be operated in Australia without a ticket only:

  • Excavator (class LE)
  • Dozer (class LZ)
  • Grader (class LG)
  • Scraper (class LP)
  • Front end loader / backhoe (class LB)
  • Skid steer loader (class LS)
  • Front end loader (class LL)

It is important that the loose legislation around these machines does not mean people operate without simple common sense. Undergoing training and holding a license puts you to the front of the line when it comes to employment as you are helping to lower the risk of your site manager while providing a safer working environment for all involved.

What are the benefits of excavator training?

The main benefit is how employable you will be. This is particularly pertinent if you want to work on large job sites, or secure a role with a high pay rate.

The site manager or hire company will always favour an excavator operator who does not require a competency course and has paperwork demonstrating that they have undertaken training. 

Proof of formal training or a ticket issued under previous legislation is very beneficial from a site manager’s perspective who can mandate whatever standards they want, regardless of Government legislation. 

Major private contractor job sites have the highest standards of safety, as well as the most significant budgets to hire people for long terms. Upskilling yourself with a resume full of certified training courses is a surefire way to become a very attractive prospect for them.

What should I expect from excavator training?

If you are starting from scratch, without a ticket issued under the previous legislation or a prior training course conducted by a registered training organisation, you’ll need to undergo a competency test on any site you apply for to assess your skills before you start work.

Excavator training may remove the need for you to do this as you will essentially run through these competencies to attain your certificate. You’ll be shown safety guidelines, operational skills, and everything you need to know about the machine and how to operate it. 

The course will cover everything required to prove you are competent with logbooks of your training and any other necessary documentation covering:

  • Planning and preparing
  • Conducting machine pre-operational checks
  • Operating the machine
  • Selecting, removing and fitting attachments
  • Relocating the machine
  • Carrying out machine operator maintenance
  • Cleaning up
  • Lifting, carrying and placing materials

How much does excavator training cost?

Costs can vary based on your situation; however, you can contact Aus Loadshifting for an exact price tailored for you. Our skilled trainers offer excavator training in Sydney, which can be completed onsite at your workplace or via our training facility.

Our leading course educators train in Sydney’s Western suburbs, Inner West, CBD, North Shore, and Central West NSW but are able to train in other locations by negotiation, varying the associated costs. 

What sort of qualifications does Aus Loadshifting have?

All of the Aus Loadshifting trainers hold a certificate IV in training and assessment and are also WorkCover accredited. We employ people with years of experience in the education and training of machinery in the construction industry.

Our trainers have developed a course that includes both theory and practical excavator training using both the machines and a written assessment. The course length varies based on your individual skill set; however, the average time for completion is roughly two days.

What is involved in the assessment, and what should I expect as the outcome?

The excavator training knowledge assessment includes a written or oral exam featuring both short answer and multiple-choice questions which must be answered correctly.

There will also be a performance driving assessment, which will consist of a pre and post-operation check along with general machine operations.

If you achieve a competency, you will receive an interim paper license before an official “Statement of attainment” and a photo card which will arrive later via the post. Your achieved qualification will also be registered on a national database.

If you do not achieve a competency, you will be provided support and further training before reassessment, during which you will only need to complete the areas that were deemed not yet competent in the first assessment.

Interested in upskilling?

Speak to Aus Loadshifting about your excavator training today and make yourself an undeniable prospect when it comes to new employment opportunities.

Take control of your career path and improve your resume with the skills that are in high-demand throughout one of Australia’s largest industries. 

Upskilling: Investing in Quality Excavator Training

The Benefits of an Excavator Training Course

Taking the time to upskill and achieve a license or qualification gives any worker an advantage in their field. Heavy vehicle licensing and courses like an excavator training course not only increases the knowledge of those who complete them but it also can increase employment opportunities.

Operating heavy vehicles always comes with a risk therefore understanding just how the machine operates and the functions that it has is a way to make sure that your knowledge on a site will be a positive for a potential employer.

While some people are taught to operate machines on the job, having quality training with an accredited organisation and a license at the end to prove it not only avoids any issues of picking up bad habits of learning on the job but it also is proof that the person operating the vehicle has an understanding of exactly what they are doing.

 When it comes to undertaking training for excavator operators, by attending a proper training course, operators will not only know the ins and outs of the vehicle they are operating, they will have also had hands-on experience under the watchful eye of professionals.

By having proof of further training, especially in excavator training, you will be able to be more confident in your own abilities, apply for work with proof that you are experienced and have an important understanding of any potential issues, whether it is machine malfunctions or safety.

If you are looking for an excavator training program in Sydney or Newcastle, or are a employer seeking out the most well-trained potential employees or looking for a place to send your employees for excavator training, then look no further than Aus Loadshifting.

Investing in Employee Training

Any company that takes the time to invest in employee training shows that they are committed to their employees for the long haul.

There are some companies out there who do not like to invest in the training of their employees, either just training them minimally on the job or asking employees to receive training on their own time; this can be for various reasons.

While some companies may not wish to upskill or further train their workers in order to cut costs, others may feel like investing too much in their employee can be a detriment, with the company paying for the training and then other employers coming through and offering these now highly-skilled workers a higher rate.

While these may seem to be valid reasons on the surface, investing in the future of your employee can not only benefit your employee but your business as well.

 Aus Loadshifting understands the culture of the workplace, being a family business for the last twenty years therefore when it comes to excavator training and heavy license assessment, we can offer on-site training at your workplace.

Not only will your employees receive valuable upskilling, they will be in the comfort of their own workplace so you will be able to help build that loyalty and connection with your employee.

When it comes to training for excavators, having a high level of skill is important but understanding the safety guidelines and issues that comes with operating heavy machinery is vital to your workplace.

Having employees qualified, well-trained and operating in a safe manner will improve the quality of work that your company undertakes while making sure that the team is adhering to Workplace, Health & Safety (WH&S) guidelines. Investing in excavator training for your staff is a smart move for any workplace. 

Why Aus Loadshifting?

There are many training organisations out there so what separates Aus Loadshifting from the rest when it comes to excavator training in Sydney?

As mentioned above, Aus Loadshifting is a family business established in 2000 and we have been a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 2009.

This means not only are you getting twenty years of practical experience but eleven years of being compliant with what it means to be a Registered Training Organisation.

We also comply with all SafeWork NSW and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) standards and policies. The key to the excavator training offered by Aus Loadshifting is our attention to our students.

Offering small class sizes, along with tailor-made learning plans, our trainers understand that the more attention given to a student means that there is more chance the student will not only be able to learn faster but any issues or holes in understanding are able to be addressed.

This also gives those who undertake excavator training more time with the machines, and practical experience is the key to being able to not only understand what you are doing but giving you the confidence to go forth and do it. 

Aus Loadshifting also understands that people have many different needs, and this includes availability, therefore by offering flexible operating hours as well as flexible learning plans means that people are able to complete the training at their own pace.

If employers allow as well, training is able to be facilitated by Aus Loadshifting at your company’s worksite providing an opportunity for the group to be made up of employees at that company; this makes it more accessible and personalised to the equipment that they will be using.

Not just offering excavator training courses, Aus Loadshifting also offer a range of other heavy vehicle training courses including assessment for Heavy vehicles, Training and assessment for Earthmoving equipment and High Risk work tickets for Forklift trucks and Elevated Work Platforms (EWP).

With Aus Loadshifting, you are not just receiving a notch in the belt in relation to upskilling and education on a piece of paper, rather you will walk away with an enriched understanding of your job and more confidence to operate the machinery on your worksite.

Great education and training is never a wasted dollar thus good quality excavator training through a company like Aus Loadshifting is never a wasted investment.