Mini Digger training with Didac delivers practical skills and theoretical knowledge allowing candidates to operate in compliance with HSE requirements.

Which accreditation is right for you? NPORS ITSSAR
Training Delivery
On-Site (Nationwide)
Training Centre
Courses Available
Up To 5 Tonnes N123
Training is available to
Novice
Experienced
Refresher
Duration, Learners and Assessment
Training Duration 1-10 Days 1-3 Days
Learners 3 Maximum 3 Maximum
Theory Assessment
Practical Assessment
Course Handout
Training Manual and User Guidance
Registration Fees (Per Person)
Certificate/Registration £17.50 + VAT £4.50 + VAT
Photo ID Card (750gsm) £17.50 + VAT £7.50 + VAT
Photo ID Card & Certificate £22.50 + VAT £7.50 + VAT
HSE Compliance
PUWER 1998 Read more
LOLER 1998 Read more
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Read more

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PRICE AND TRAINING DATES

Mini Digger training prices and availability are dependent upon location as training is delivered on clients' premises.

To receive a quotation, complete the Get-A-Quote form including a postcode.  Our sales staff will contact you with full details; we aim to respond within 60 minutes during office hours.

0800 773 4230

Training Syllabus

Training syllabus

  • Controls and instruments
  • Coolant, fuel and lubrication systems
  • Current relevant regulations
  • Excavating deep and shallow excavation
  • Explanation of attachments
  • Introduction to the machine
  • Other associated activities
  • Pre – shift inspections
  • Trenching, back-filling, levelling and marking out (where applicable)

Additional benefits

  • Incorporate your company’s risk assessments
  • Soft copies of all course paperwork are available to employers on completion of training
  • Successful candidates receive a temporary pass notification form on the day as evidence of training

Equipment Information

Equipment information

Mini Digger training courses are available across the majority of makes, models, types of machinery and attachments including but not limited to the following.

NOTE: If you do not see the equipment for which you require training this does not mean that our trainers / assessors are not qualified to deliver the training you need.

Excavator Types. Makes & Models. Attachments.

Compact
Rubber Duck
Tracked
Trackhoe
Wheeled
More on request

Bobcat
Case
Caterpillar
Hitachi
JCB
John Deere
Volvo
More on request

Auger
Backfill Blade (Dozer)
Breaker
Bucket
Grapple
More on request

Course Description

Course description

Mini Digger driver training equips operators with a basic knowledge of the machines mechanics to conduct rudimentary inspection and maintenance of the equipment in line with manufacturer recommendations. Operatives will also undertake training exercises in excavation methods and techniques.

Our work-based training approach means the trainer assessor can tailor 360 Mini Digger training to the type of Mini Digger, attachments and specific job requirements to equip your employees with the relevant skills to be effective in their job. Whether that’s demolition, material handling, forestry work, landscaping or other, our professional instructors can deliver a course for your needs.

The ITSSAR Mini Digger qualification is to the nationally recognised level as required by the Provision and Use of Work equipment 1998 (PUWER 1998) and Section 2 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Mini Excavator safety training is delivered on the customer site; the client is required to supply the Mini Digger, all PPE and equipment.

Training Locations

On-site Mini Digger training, UK wide

Didac deliver on-site Mini Digger training and other plant courses to any location across the UK.

Some recent on-site training locations include:

  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Dorset
  • Gloucester
  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Leicester
  • Lincoln
  • London
  • Newport
  • Nottingham
  • Portsmouth
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Swindon
  • Yorkshire

Overseas Work

Didac will always consider work overseas.

Contact us about our overseas work policy.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a minimum age requirement for completing Mini Excavator training?
With the exception of Lift Truck operators, there is no minimum age outlined in any UK legislation for plant operators.

Lift Truck operators in the UK must be over the minimum school leaving age (except in docks where they must be at least 18 years old).

You can find out more here: HSE Workplace Transport FAQ

Is there an upper age limit for completing Mini Excavator training?
No.
Do I receive a Mini Digger licence when I complete this training?
There is no such thing as a license for any piece of plant machinery in the UK.

The term ‘licence’ suggests a document issued from a governmental or other constituted authority to operate a Mini Digger. No such authority exists; there are only accrediting bodies and training providers who operate independently of the HSE or any other government organisation.

Successful candidates do receive a certificate and photo ID card, sometimes referred to as a Mini Digger ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed training and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the Mini Digger certification.

Can I use this training to drive a Mini Digger on the public highway?
To operate a Mini Digger, whether on the public highway or not, the operator should be properly trained and certified.

Public highways in the UK are governed by the DVLA; the same rules apply for operating plant machinery on the road as with operating a different type of motor vehicle.

  • The vehicle must be properly taxed.
  • A valid insurance policy must be held.
  • The driver must hold a valid road driving licence.

Didac Instructors

Full Time Training Staff

Didac instructors are full time training staff, holding the required instructor and training qualifications to deliver training to you.

Our staff undergo periodic update training to ensure that their skills remain current.

Paul Mackley

Industrial Training Unit Manager
South West, England

Gary Hobson

Train Assessor
Midlands, England

Marcus Lyne

Trainer Assessor
South East, England

Kevin Foley

Trainer Assessor
Midlands, England

David Farrell

Trainer Assessor
South, England

Michael Barnett

Trainer Assessor
North, England

Sub-Contractors

From time to time, Didac Ltd use sub-contractors to deliver training courses on our behalf. These sub-contractors are subject to the same detailed quality assurance procedures as our full time employees and hold all the correct insurances.

  • Instructor and operator qualifications achieved within the last 5 years;
  • Subject to random spot check site visits and auditing of paperwork;
  • Public Liability insurance to the value of £5 million cover.