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Skid Steer Loader Driver Training Course

Becoming proficient in operating a skid steer loader is an essential and valued operator’s skill for any contract, large or small. This training course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to operate a skid steer loader safely, protecting both you and those around you. This course offers two certificate options: operating either a tracked or wheeled machine depending on your needs.

This training course will help you understand how to operate a skid steer loader. The amount of instruction you will require will depend largely upon your previous experience and sessions will be adapted to meet your needs. Course duration will depend on experience and will be from one to four days. The training course will consist of theory and practical sessions, followed by assessment. If successful in meeting the required standards assessed, you will be awarded a certificate of competence and a Lantra skills ID card for your chosen certificate option.

Skid Steer Loader Training Course Overview


  • Plant Safety and the Law
  • Machine Knowledge and Preparation for Work
  • Travelling and Manoeuvring the Machine
  • Machine Operation
  • Attachments
  • Securing Loads and Safe Transportation
  • Theory Assessment
  • Practical Assessment.

Learning Outcomes


  • Describe the key requirements of health, safety and environmental legislation
  • Interpret and comply with drawings, specifications, schedules, risk assessments and manufacturers’ operator’s manuals (MOMs) related to the plant or machinery operations and the work to be carried out
  • Identify the hazards associated with plant or machinery operations and put the appropriate control measures in place
  • Identify and explain the purpose of machine components and operator controls
  • Conduct all operational and pre-start checks
  • Prepare the skid steer loader for site and highway travel
  • Drive the skid steer loader safely over varying types of terrain
  • Operate the skid steer loader safely in restricted spaces
  • Configure the bucket to excavate
  • Demonstrate how to safely attach and remove different types of buckets and ancillaries
  • Select the appropriate loading techniques to perform essential tasks
  • Operate plant and machinery to excavate ground and loose materials to given work instructions
  • Perform excavation activities in a variety of soil types
  • Demonstrate how to safely place spoil into transporting vehicles
  • Demonstrate how to grade, spread and level different types of material
  • Shut down and secure plant or machinery
  • Describe the procedures used for loading and unloading skid steer loaders when transported on a trailer.

Skid Steer Loader Driver Training Course


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