RIIMPO320F Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations

Course Objective

In order to prepare students to work in excavator roles in civil construction, RIIMPO320E Conduct civil construction excavator operations aims to teach all the necessary skills from pre-operational procedures to final maintenance and clean-up after the operation is complete. Students’ attainment of these skills is based on criteria which involves judging students on each specific part of an excavation, from the planning stage to final housekeeping tasks.


Upon request, ACTA Group provide flexible delivery options whilst meeting national standards of compliance and safety.

  • Group booking discounts apply
  • Courses run weekly/monthly
  • Course times between 7:45am/4pm
  • 1 day course for RPL = $570
  • 3 day course for cleanskin operators/new starters = $1450
  • Classroom or Onsite Training
  • Supply your own machines for discounted prices
  • Corporate packages
  • Real life facilities, done with industry experienced, current and competent trainers

Recognition of Prior Learning/RPL: Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is all about the skills and knowledge you’ve collected through work and life experiences and then transferring them to current training course requirements. RPL students must be able to demonstrate currency operating machine and complete all assessments without fail, to be deemed competent to operate machine safely and given a Statement of Attainment.


  • Gold CoastBurleigh Heads
  • BrisbaneSalisbury/requires minimum 2 students to run class
  • Onsite – we come to your site.


The Conduct civil construction excavator operations course is delivered in standard lecture format, with demonstrations included and active participation obligatory. Written assignments will also be an essential element of the course.

Upon successful completion, graduates of the course will receive a Statement of Attainment to signify their eligibility to conduct civil construction excavator operations for the purposes of employment.

Course Includes:

  • conducting prestart checks prior to commencing operations and shutdown procedures on completion of operations
  • driving and operating the equipment, and adjusting techniques to site conditions
  • completing operations to specification using at least two different material types and activities including:
  • loading, cutting/boxing
  • stripping/spreading
  • lifting and carry materials
  • bulk excavation
  • mixing/backfilling
  • trench excavation
  • stockpiling
  • battering
  • benching
  • site clean up
  • selecting, fitting, testing, using and removing at least two attachments, the attachment must be certified and approved in line with workplace procedures and could include, but not limited to, the following:
  • tilt bucket
  • buckets
  • lifting device
  • vibrating compaction wheel
  • ripper/tyne
  • compaction plate
  • compaction wheel
  • rock breaker
  • auger
  • assisting with loading and unloading skid steer loader from float/trailer
  • parking and securing equipment
  • In the course of the above work the candidate must also:
  • locate and apply relevant documentation, policies and procedures
  • select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities
  • carry out vehicle refuelling requirements and procedures where applicable
  • apply safe work practices, identifying and reporting all potential hazards, risks and environmental issues
  • apply problem solving and troubleshooting techniques when operating equipment
  • monitor and manage equipment performance using indicators and alarms
  • identify common equipment faults
  • apply levelling techniques
  • select and use the required tools and equipment
  • apply methods of changing machine attachments
  • establish weight of load
  • manage changes in the loads centre of gravity during transportation
  • use a range of communication techniques and equipment essential to the safe completion of work activity, including hand, audible and other signals
  • meet written and verbal reporting requirements and procedures associated with equipment operations
  • organise work activities to meet all task requirements

Course Requirements:

  • Be at least 15 years of age;
  • Have completed Year 10 in the Australian school system or equivalent; and
  • Have language, literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to ACSF Level 2.
  • Provision of the participant’s Unique Student Identifier (USI); and
  • Provision of Australian legal photo identification for assessment purposes.
  • Must wear enclosed shoes

Training Pathways:

  • RII31615 Certificate III in Trenchless Technology
  • RII31215 Certificate III in Civil Foundations
  • RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations
  • RII30115 Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations
  • RII20715 Certificate III in Civil Construction
  • RII20315 Certificate II in Underground Coal Mining

Next Steps:

Thank you again for your interest in this course program. Please contact ACTA Group’s Participant Support team on 1300 011 144 or info@actagroup.com.au to commence the application process.