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Articulated Dumper Operations Training [FÁS APPROVED]

Course Description

The Articulated Dumper plant training and assessment programme enables experienced construction site plant operators to gain recognition for their achievements via certification and provides them with the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge associated with plant operations, leading to suitable certification.

The course is of 1 day duration with a maximum of 3 candidates catered for.

Who should attend

Anyone engaged in the operation of a category of mobile construction site plant included in the CSCS Plant Operators Scheme.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have at least 6 months (within a two year period) full time construction site experience operating an articulated dumper, and must have undergone Safety Awareness Training including Employees duties/responsibilities, Health and Hygiene, Traffic Management, and Site Specific Hazards/Safety.

Course summary

Corrective Training:- Candidates will undertake a 3 hour corrective training session with the course instructor. Corrective training cannot give skills and knowledge not held, but allows the experienced operator to eliminate “bad habits” picked up on site. The instructor has the right to refuse the candidate access to the test if they have dangerous operating skills that contravene any part of the Safety, Health and Welfare regulations.

Theory Test:- On completion of any corrective training, candidates are allowed 45 minutes to answer a multiple choice question paper. Questions are based on the following subjects:

  • Legislation and regulations
  • Employer and employee responsibilities
  • Safe working practices
  • Machine components and functions
  • Correct operating techniques
  • Pre-use checks and basic maintenance
  • Road travel (where permitted)
  • Types and characteristics of materials and loads
  • Construction site safety
  • Shut down and securing procedures

Subjects that the questions will be based on will be covered during the corrective training. To be successful in the theory test, candidates must achieve a minimum of 70% of the total available marks. Those candidates who achieve a minimum of 85% will be awarded a credit.

Practical Test:- In the practical test the candidate will demonstrate tasks with the dumper. The grading sheet is divided into essential items and scored marks. Scored marks allow a limited number of minor errors to be made. To succeed, the candidate must achieve all essential items and not exceed the maximum score. Candidates who score no marks as well as all the essential marks will be awarded a credit. All practical tasks must be completed within a set time.