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Skid Steer Loader (Bobcat) 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

Skid Steer Loader (Bobcat) Training
Industrial & Plant

Course Type / Short Course

Didac provides Bobcat 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 Skid Steer Loader, all PPE and equipment for training.

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Training syllabus

  • Accident Causes & Prevention
  • Attachments
  • Care of Equipment
  • Hydraulic Systems & Controls
  • Legal Duties
  • Loader Capacities
  • 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 completing Skid Steer 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 Skid Steer training?


Do I receive a Bobcat 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 Bobcat. 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 Bobcat ticket; this provides evidence that the candidate has completed Bobcat Skid Steer training and is certified to use the equipment as outlined on the Bobcat certification.

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

To operate a Bobcat, 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.

Bobcat driver training achieves a nationally recognised qualification, delivering the basic skill requirements and associated job safety knowledge for operation of Skid Steer Loading Shovels.

Skid Steer Loaders are a machine that traditionally presented unique dangers to the driver compared with other front loaders; the nature of operational technique of this unconventional plant machine demands specialist training.

Bobcat safety training teaches the irregular skidding / dragging maneuverability of this versatile bucket loader. Improve the effectiveness of your staff with professional Skid Steer Loader training that will minimise risk of injury and improve safety to operators and other employees.

Skid Steer operator training is only available delivered on clients premises; the client is required to supply the Skid Steer Loader. Completion of training awards candidates with Skid Steer certification and photo ID card.

Bobcat operator 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.

Makes & Models. Attachments.
John Deere
New Holland
ST Engineering
Hydraulic Breaker
Pallet Forks
Stump Grinder

This unconventional plant machine turns by delivering different velocities of power or torque to the wheels on either side of the machine, thus skidding or dragging the vehicle into position. This can cause problems for the ground beneath much like tracked vehicles but enables extreme pivot manoeuvrability.

On-site Bobcat training, UK wide

Didac deliver on-site Skid Steer Loader 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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