NPORS Plant Loader & Securer (N120)

Novice and experienced tester routes available     

This NPORS Plant Loader & Securer (N120) course aims to deliver the necessary skills, knowledge, and understanding of safely loading and unloading vehicles and eliminating any bad habits present or forming in operation.


This is suitable for operators of all skillsets, experienced or not. The course is delivered in line with NPORS learning outcomes and is based on a mix of both theory and practical tuition to give delegates sound underpinning knowledge of best practice and safe operation.


  • A basic understanding and the dangers of working in the industry, and their responsibilities as a plant operator.
  • Working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine.  
  • How to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions. 
  • To locate and identify steering, driving and braking controls and explain their functions. 
  • How to Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for excavator use. 
  • All the pre-operational checks following the manufacturer’s and legislative requirements. 
  • Safe mounting and dismounting of the machine. 
  • To start and stop the engine, move the machine and stop it safely.
  • How to configure the machine for travel and manoeuvre it safely on different terrain in open and confined areas. 
  • All necessary safety checks at the work area. 
  • How to excavate in different scenarios. 
  • Correct procedures for loading material onto transporting vehicles or into containers. 
  • How to reinstate excavation, grade and level ground to original contours.   
  • How to fit and remove attachments. 
  • To carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures. 


DURATION: Novice – two days, experienced – one day.

DELIVERY METHODS: Open Course | On Site.

  • If this course is delivered on site at your premises, you must ensure you have a safe working area, suitable in size to the scheme rules and correct, safe and examined equipment. Note, this is your responsibility as the booker. Please speak with our team if you are unsure or require more information.

ASSESSMENT: NPORS Theory assessment made up of multiple choice questions & NPORS Practical assessment.


  • Traditional Card: For entrants that wish to apply for the NPORS Traditional Card, there is no requirement to do an NVQ qualification.  If the ‘HS&E TESTED Logo’ is required on the card, entrants must ensure they have attended and passed the CITB Operatives Health, Safety and Environment Test within the two years prior to application for the card. This card is valid for 3 or 5 years.
  • New and wishing to apply for NPORS/CPCS:
    • No NVQ Held By Operative
      Once successfully tested operators who do not hold the requisite NVQ with the units applicable to the category of plant achieved will be issued with a Trained Operator card valid for 2 years from the date they were tested. During the two year period they will be required to register for and achieve the requisite NVQ with the unit credits applicable to the category(s) of plant held on their Trained Operator card.
      On successful completion of this process a Competent Operator card will be issued valid for 5 years from the date of application. A CPD record / operator logbook will also be issued.
  • New Entrant – NVQ Held
    Once successfully tested operators who do currently hold the requisite NVQ with the unit credits applicable to the categories of plant held on their NPORS card will be issued with a Competent Operator card valid for 5 years from the date they were tested. Operators in receipt of the Competent Operator card will also be issued with a CPD record / operator logbook. This will be an ongoing record of the operators continuous professional development and of their operating hours in the workplace.
    Please note that in all cases operators will have to supply proof of having passed the CITB Health, Safety & Environmental touch test within the two years prior to application for the card.
    NPORS Cards can be requested with an individual expiry on each category, or one expiry date for all categories held.

OTHER INFO: Good understanding of spoken and written English.

Call for details : 0121 240 0375 or Email

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  • Course name
    NPORS Plant Loader & Securer (N120)
  • Location
    Sutton Coldfield
    Gate Lane 21
    B73 5TR, Boldmere
    Sutton Coldfield
    United Kingdom

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NPORS Plant Loader & Securer (N120)