Machinery Assessment Information

Assessment facts

There are 2 types of assessments involved when qualifying for your earthmoving machinery ticket (bobcat, excavator, etc.) – theory-based and practical.

Whether you’re based on the Gold Coast or in Brisbane, our earthmoving machinery training courses are nationally accredited with flexible training dates and plans to suit your lifestyle.

Choices of machinery are:

  • Skid Steer Loader (Bobcat)
  • Excavator
  • Front End Loader
  • Roller
  • Backhoe

For more information on each machinery assessment, please read below.

Theory assessment facts

The assessment is made up approximately 100 questions.  The maximum allowable time is 3 hours

  • You must get 100% correct to achieve competency.
  • The exam must be conducted in English, therefore you must be able speak and understand English well (no interpreter is permitted.)
  • The exam is not multiple choice, but rather a series of short statements or one-word answers.
  • It is an open book assessment
  • It is permissible to undertake the theory exam orally for students who struggle with written English.

Practical assessment facts

The student must:

  • Conduct a detailed pre-operation check
  • Evaluate the work site
  • Identify any hazards within the work area
  • Plan work, make sure machine is capable of doing the job you are required to do
  • Excavate or shift a series of loads, allowing for the terrain and choice of attachment etc. for earthmoving machinery
  • Demonstrate good safe operations at all times
  • Correct post operational checks and shut-down procedures
  • Get 100% pass mark to achieve competency.

Practical assessment at your work site

If you have undergone bobcat, excavator, roller,  front end loader or backhoe training and want the practical assessment to be conducted at your work site in Brisbane or elsewhere, you must meet the following requirements.

  • Access to Machinery of the required standard
  • Any on site requirements, site induction, blue card that you need our assessor to complete
  • Somewhere to dig i.e. excavate pipe
  • Suitable loads, chains, lifting eye, slings etc.
  • Suitable area to perform assessment
  • Employer aware test could interrupt production
  • Facilities to do necessary paperwork without interruption
  • Owner of machine aware you are doing licence

On completion of a training course

On completion of a training course with The Operator School, the trainee will be able to:

  • Understand the theory behind the safe operation of the piece of machinery they are training for
  • Name all the main components of that particular machine and have knowledge of some of the main types of attachments
  • Have a basic understanding of OHS Legislation and Compliance and the use of Use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Be able to undertake Hazard identification and site evaluation in the workplace
  • Be able to conduct Pre and Post Operational Checks, and understand their importance
  • Operate a machine in the correct manner i.e. speed and stability of load etc
  • Have an understanding and basic experience of shifting/excavating a load if driving a piece of earthmoving machinery
  • Carry out a post operational check and safe shut-down procedure and understand the importance of such checks.

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