Excavator Operator's Certificate

The perfect solution for workers using excavators for construction, earthmoving and more

How much actual real-world training did you get when you did your tracks or wheels endorsement? Not much, right? Excavators are versatile and capable piece of equipment, but there's so much to learn that often it's difficult to get a job unless you already have experience and skills. This is where this course helps you: it will teach you tips and tricks from experienced excavator operators that will help you be more efficient and useful to an employer.

This is the perfect course for:

  • Managers who need to provide training to operators to reduce damage and increase efficiency
  • People exploring whether they want to be an excavator operator
  • New excavator operators who have recently done a tracks or wheels endorsement, or are about to do it
  • Existing operators who want to upskill into different types of excavator work
  • Operators returning to this line of work who need a refresher
  • Operators coming to your company from overseas where regulations and rules might be different

Also included are modules that explain civil construction worksites, hazard management, health and safety in the workplace, site communications and more - in short, you're going to learn what you need to know to be a safe, useful member of the team on a worksite and don't put your colleagues in danger.

This course is delivered online.

  • No more trying to schedule time off-site for training as they can do the theory online on a computer or smartphone over a number of days, whenever is convenient
  • Engaging video-based learning followed by questions
  • Language and literacy support with translations to 36 languages plus audio recordings in English - your operators with English as a second language or poor reading skills don't need to be left behind
  • Easy management and reporting

The course is divided into easy-to-follow modules that take just a few minutes each.

At the end of this course, you'll get an operator's certificate, as long as you take a practical assessment. This shows that you have completed the theory and have passed a practical assessment. 

It's an effective way to become a safe, diligent and skilled machine operator and a valuable team member on a site.

What do you get with the course?

  • Operators get full access to all training materials for 6 months.

Are you managing other drivers/machine operators doing this course?

  • The account holder can add managers at no extra cost
  • Managers can download detailed reports, plus track and manage operators
  • Managers can generate certificates on completion of the course


Do I need any unit standards to operate heavy machinery like dump trucks, loaders, graders and excavators? No, there's nothing in any law that says you have to do this UNLESS you are driving them on NZTA's definition of a road. In this case it will be a wheels (W), tracks (T) or rollers (R) endorsement that is required.

Does this course comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015? The Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 requires that you provide ongoing training, information, monitoring and supervision. This course covers training and information that is essential for machine operators and drivers to know.

Does the course material support people with learning challenges such as dyslexia or reading difficulties? Online learning is more in-depth, more inclusive with our translations and audio recordings, and can be repeated as many times as is necessary to gain understanding. 

My machine operators have a W, T or R endorsement. Is this course still needed? Yes. The endorsement courses cover only the basics of operating those machines on a road, not safe practices on a worksite.

I have a new driver who hasn't operated these machines before. Can they use this course to become qualified? They can use this course to learn the theory, but it is essential that they also have in-person practical training plus supervision. If they are driving on the road with any earthmoving machines, they may need the relevant endorsement on their driver licence, plus the correct type of licence for the weight of the vehicle.

What machines does this course cover? This course covers excavators of all sizes from mini excavators and backhoes to the largest mining equipment

How long is the certificate valid? The course should be refreshed every 3 years, to align with guidelines for operating heavy plant.

How do you prove that a person has done the training when it's online? We recommend that your operators do the training at your premises (either on your computers or tablets or using their smartphone) so that you can ensure it is them doing the training and not another person. Our clients tend to schedule convenient, short sessions where an operator can use those facilities.


  • You will need one course licence per person taking the course - you can't use one licence for multiple operators
  • You will need a computer, smartphone or tablet with internet access to take the theory training.

You get access to the course for a full 6 months which means your operator can take a couple of months to finish the modules and can come back to it as a refresher anytime until the course access expires - this is great if you need to do any remedial work with them. 

Set up is free whether you are purchasing one course licence or a hundred course licences.

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$98.00 + GST per person ($112.70)


Certificate of Completion


Approximately 3 hours


Full access for 6 months


Downloadable certificate, ID card and practical assessment checklist

Course provided by Tasman Training

Tasman Training's trainer, Stan Chesswas has over 30 years' hands-on experience as an operator and instructor in New Zealand and Australia. Visit their website for more information.

Training modules

Excavator course modules

All the following modules are included in this course, and they cover how to operate the excavator in different scenarios, performing different tasks


Worksite hazard management and safety

Knowledge to help you quickly function as part of the team on a worksite

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