Course Overview

Our training course is designed for participants to gain the necessary skills and knowledge required to operate a backhoe. On completion of this training course, participants who attain this unit of competency will be competent to operate a Backhoe.

This comprehensive two-day course includes both theory and practical components and can be completed at our civil site or at yours.

Course Outline:   

  • Chain of responsibility

  • Isolation requirements

  • Site procedures and policies

  • Conducting prestart and start up checks prior to operating and shutdown procedures

  • Driving and operating the backhoe

  • Stripping and spreading various materials

  • Backfilling

  • Excavations

  • Mixing materials

  • Fitting and removing attachments / buckets

  • Loading tip truck with materials

  • Assisting with loading and unloading backhoe onto a float.

  • Parking and securing backhoe

  • Civil construction terminology

Course Inclusions:

  • Training will be conducted by one of our experienced trainer / assessors who have resource industry currency and supported by a strong knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations and industry standards.

  • Practical and theoretical activities drive the training experience to ensure that the training is engaging, interesting and relevant.

  • 2 days of training. Up to 6 trainees per course. A typical course runs from 07:30-15:30

Participants must

Be at least 16 years of age

Equipment requirements

For our site, we supply all the equipment for the course.

If we come to you, it’s the student’s responsibility to have a front-end loader and site to operate the Wheel Loader on.

For our public courses at our purpose-built training facility trainees must provide:



Appropriate clothing, closed-in footwear.


Students who are assessed as competent will receive a Statement of Attainment recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. This certification is nationally recognised. The Statement is issued by Australian Operator Training (RTO 41351).

National units of competency

RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations

Course Duration

2 x 8 hour days


$1500.00 pp for public courses.

For group bookings outside our public course schedule or at your location, please contact our office on 07 49822541