Compact Excavator

Compact Excavator Course Outline

Compact Excavator Course

General information on course

This workshop is designed for participants who have little or no working knowledge of operating a compact excavator. It is also designed to be a refresher course for experienced operators. Participants must successfully complete and pass both the theoretical and practical components of this course to receive their record of training (ROT).


Can be a full day depending on the size of the group and participant interaction.

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who supervises compact excavator operators or operates a compact excavator as part of their day-to-day job activities.

Course components

Theoretical Component

After successfully completing this portion of the course, participants will understand:

  • The legislative requirements (Government Regulations, CSA Standards and Manufacturers’ Guidelines and Principles);
  • The duties and responsibilities of workplace stakeholders;
  • Pre-shift inspections;
  • Safe operating and load handling procedures.

Practical Component:

To successfully pass this course, participants must demonstrate the following:

  • The capability to conduct a pre-shift inspection;
  • Compact excavator safe starting procedures;
  • General safe operating procedures for compact excavators;
  • Picking up, traveling with and placing a load within a compact excavator’s load limitations;
  • Immobilizing and securing a compact excavator.

By means of group discussion, case studies and one-on-one instruction, participants will gain the ability to apply what they learn in this course.

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