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Mini Digger Training
Industrial & Plant

Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)

Training Delivery
On-site (Nationwide)

Training Centre

Courses Available
Up To 5 Tonnes

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

Mini Digger Training
Industrial & Plant

Course Type / Short Course

Didac provides Mini Digger 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 Mini Digger, all PPE and equipment for training.

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Training syllabus

  • Controls and instruments
  • Coolant, fuel and lubrication systems
  • Current relevant regulations
  • Excavating deep and shallow excavation
  • Explanation of attachments
  • Introduction to the machine
  • Other associated activities
  • Pre – shift inspections
  • Trenching, back-filling, levelling and marking out (where applicable)

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 completing Mini Excavator training?

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 Mini Excavator training?


Do I receive a Mini Digger licence when I complete this training?

There is no such thing as a licence as such, 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 Mini Digger. 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 Mini Digger ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed training and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the Mini Digger certification.

Can I use this training to drive a Mini Digger on the public highway?

To operate a Mini Digger, 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.

Mini Digger driver training equips operators with a basic knowledge of the machines mechanics to conduct rudimentary inspection and maintenance of the equipment in line with manufacturer recommendations. Operatives will also undertake training exercises in excavation methods and techniques.

Our work-based training approach means the trainer assessor can tailor 360 Mini Digger training to the type of Mini Digger, attachments and specific job requirements to equip your employees with the relevant skills to be effective in their job. Whether that’s demolition, material handling, forestry work, landscaping or other, our professional instructors can deliver a course for your needs.

The ITSSAR Mini Digger qualification is to the nationally recognised level as required by the Provision and Use of Work equipment 1998 (PUWER 1998) and Section 2 of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Mini Excavator safety training is delivered on the customer site; the client is required to supply the Mini Digger, all PPE and equipment.

Mini Digger training courses are 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.

Excavator Types. Makes & Models. Attachments.
Rubber Duck
More on request
John Deere
More on request
Backfill Blade (Dozer)
More on request


On-site Mini Digger training, UK wide

Didac deliver on-site Mini Digger 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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