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Loading Shovel Training
Industrial & Plant

Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)

Training Delivery
On-site (Nationwide)

Training Centre

Training is available to



Duration, Learners and Assessment
Training Duration

1-3 Days


3 Maximum

Theory Assessment

Practical Assessment

Course Handout
Training Manual and User Guidance

Certificates & Registration
Registration Fee Per Person (Paid directly to ITSSAR)

£8.00 + VAT

Photo ID Card (750gsm)


HSE Compliance
PUWER 1998

LOLER 1998

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Loading Shovel Training
Industrial & Plant

Course Type / Short Course

Didac provides Loading Shovel training courses to customers on their own site, throughout the UK.

Training is ITSSAR accredited, delivering practical skills and theoretical knowledge allowing candidates to operate in compliance with HSE requirements. 

Course duration is dependent upon learner numbers and candidate experience. Customers should enquire to discuss their exact requirements.

Successful candidates are awarded a photo ID card and certificate.

The client is required to supply the Loading Shovel, all PPE and equipment for training.

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Training syllabus

  • Accident Causes & Prevention
  • Attachments
  • Bucket Loader Capacities
  • Care of Equipment
  • Hydraulic Systems & Controls
  • Legal Duties
  • Loader Stability
  • Operators Safety Code
  • Overload Warning Devices
  • PPE Requirements
  • Pre-Use Safety checks
  • Regulations
  • Responsibilities
  • Safe Operating Practices
  • Weight Estimation

Additional benefits

  • Incorporate your company’s risk assessments
  • Soft copies of all course paperwork are available to employers on completion of training
  • Successful candidates receive a temporary pass notification form on the day as evidence of training

Is there a minimum age requirement for attending the Loading Shovel training course?

With the exception of Lift Truck operators, there is no minimum age outlined in any UK legislation for plant operators.

Lift Truck operators in the UK must be over the minimum school leaving age (except in docks where they must be at least 18 years old).

You can find out more here: HSE Workplace Transport FAQ

Is there an upper age limit for completing Loading Shovel training course?


Do I receive a Loading Shovel licence when I complete this training?

There is no such thing as a license for any piece of plant machinery in the UK.

The term ‘licence’ suggests a document issued from a governmental or other constituted authority to operate a Loading Shovel. No such authority exists; there are only accrediting bodies and training providers who operate independently of the HSE or any other government organisation.

Successful candidates do receive a certificate and photo ID card, sometimes referred to as a Loading Shovel ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed Loading Shovel driver training and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the certification.

Can I use this training to drive a Loading Shovel on the public highway?

To operate a Loading Shovel, whether on the public highway or not, the operator should be properly trained and certified.

Public highways in the UK are governed by the DVLA; the same rules apply for operating plant machinery on the road as with operating a different type of motor vehicle.

  • The vehicle must be properly taxed.
  • A valid insurance policy must be held.
  • The driver must hold a valid road driving licence.

Wheel Loader training teaches load capacities of the machine and bucket, maneuvring and transport safety including stability of the vehicle while carrying loads. Wheel Loader operator training extends to job safety knowledge, including hazards presented by pedestrians and traffic while operating Backhoe, Front Loader or other variations of Wheel Loaders while on site.

Wheeled Loading Shovel training can be delivered on client’s sites throughout the UK by one of Didac’s industry professional trainer assessors. Successful candidates on the course become a certified driver operator gaining a nationally recognised qualification accredited to the Independent Training Standards Scheme and Register (ITSSAR).

Loading Shovel courses are available on most types of Loading Shovel, including Backhoe, Front Loader, compact, articulated and powershift. The Wheel Loader training course can be tailored to the working environment and vehicle type to offer our commercial clients a relevant and quality training course.

Loading Shovel training is available across the majority of makes, models, types of machinery and attachments including but not limited to the following.

NOTE: If you do not see the equipment for which you require training this does not mean that our trainers / assessors are not qualified to deliver the training you need.

Loading Shovel Types. Makes & Models. Attachments.
Front Loader
Scoop Loader
Skip Loader
Tracked or Track Loader
Wheeled Loader
New Holland
Bale Spear
Log Claw


On-site Loading Shovel training, UK wide

Didac deliver on-site Loading Shovel training and other plant courses to any location across the UK.

Some recent on-site training locations include:

  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Coventry
  • Derby
  • Dorset
  • Gloucester
  • Hampshire
  • Kent
  • Leicester
  • Lincoln
  • London
  • Newport
  • Nottingham
  • Portsmouth
  • Sheffield
  • Southampton
  • Surrey
  • Sussex
  • Swindon
  • Yorkshire

Overseas Work

Didac will always consider work overseas.

Contact us about our overseas work policy.

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