The qualification is designed to train people to operate plant equipment to accepted and recognised industrial standards. It is intended for those with no prior experience, but it is also suitable for those in work who are looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience in their chosen industry.

Its primary purpose is to develop and confirm the learner’s occupational competence as a plant operator so that they can gain employment or work towards another qualification (see Progression). As a work-related, competence-based qualification it will provide, on completion, confirmation to employers and industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role.

Learners who achieve this qualification can use it to gain employment, to progress in the industry, or to work towards another qualification.

This course can be delivered at the academy or on site if conditions are suitable.

Hercules plant machinery in action

Course Outline

The qualification is designed to meet the following objectives:

    • Preparing learners for employment
    • Supporting a role in the workplace
    • Knowledge, understanding and skills
    • Lift and transfer loads
    • Excavate materials
    • Extract materials
    • Road rail plant is also covered

On Completion

Upon successful completion and achievement of this course, learners will be awarded a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Plant Operation, this will allow them to apply for their blue experienced operator card.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for operatives looking to gain a CSCS blue card

Course Duration

The learning hours for an NVQ in Plant Operations vary by experience and occupation.