Course Overview

Our Backhoe/Loader Operations Course is designed for workers in various industries operating in site based roles. Participants will learn how to plan, prepare and operate a backhoe/loader in accordance with not only the Nationally Accredited unit of competency, but also current site requirements.

Full Course Details 


Shamrock have developed a comprehensive training plan for our Backhoe/Loader Operations Course providing students with the necessary skills and qualifications to safely operate a backhoe loader across many different work environments. This training is provided in a small class setting giving students the dedicated one-on-one time necessary to complete practical training more efficiently and compliantly.

The training in its current form meets the criteria of the unit of competency requirements.

A backhoe loader is similar to a tractor, consisting of a bucket on the front and a backhoe to the rear. They are extremely popular, specifically in the construction industry where they can be used for transporting materials and breaking asphalt. The machine has great versatility due to the various attachments available such as buckets, couplers and rock breakers.

This course will give you detailed training on how to plan and prepare a job for backhoe operations, carry out routine operational checks, operate a backhoe using the many techniques, transport materials efficiently, choose and fit various attachments, relocate the backhoe from site to site and ensure a clean work environment is maintained.

All aspects of this course will be taught by our highly knowledgeable trainers through written and practical teachings at our onsite training facility in Brisbane, within easy access to the airport. The course will include, but is not limited to the following;

  • Health and safety legislation, Australian standards and cite policies and procedures
  • Hazard identification and risk control measures
  • Safe operating techniques of a backhoe
  • Routine operational checks
  • Capabilities and limitations of a backhoe and associated equipment
  • Maintenance of plant and equipment and isolation procedures
  • Relocation of a backhoe
  • Traffic management plans
  • Earthwork calculations
  • Written and verbal communication in the workplace
  • Various communication techniques and equipment

The successful applicant will have the knowledge and practical experience to demonstrate the following;

  • Identify, monitor and report all potential hazards and environmental issues related to backhoe operations
  • Assess the risks and implement safe work practices to avoid such hazards from reoccurring
  • Conduct before and after routine operational checks such as pre-start, start-up and shutdown checks
  • Complete backhoe operations such as trench excavation, backfilling and mixing materials using the various techniques
  • Select and fit attachments for the specific task in hand including buckets, forklift, ripper and a rock breaker
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of the various attachments to ensure efficient completion of jobs
  • Maintain all plant and equipment in line with manufacturer specifications and instructions
  • Report defective plant and equipment and isolate according to workplace procedures
  • Relocate a backhoe from site to site in a safe manner
  • Estimate safe working loads and ensure proper use of lifting gear is in place according to site procedures
  • Maintain a clean, hazard free work area at all times
  • Use effective forms of communication in the workplace with co-workers, supervisors and all other personnel and ensure proper use of two-way radios, barricades and signage are adhered to
  • Comply with all relevant obligatory legislation related to backhoe operations

On successful completion of this training, Shamrock will issue you with a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment permitting you to operate a backhoe across many different jobsites within Australia.

Our highly knowledgeable trainers will ensure you are confident and site-ready to gain future employment in many sectors including civil construction, mining and offshore drilling.

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Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Course Logistics

Depending on experience our course is run over 2-5 days, face to face at our Training Facility or on site

Payment Methods

Course payments can be made via debit card, credit card or direct deposit.

Full payment is required prior to the course start date.


Shamrock Training provides flexible delivery in all courses consisting of classroom based theory learning using a range of methodologies, onsite workplace training and scenario based practical knowledge training. Theory content is always supported by the provisions of practical skills training to enable you to transfer the information learnt in the classroom to a simulated working environment.

Delivery Location

Shamrock Training Facility located in Brisbane

We can deliver on our client’s site (provided the required facility & equipment is available and compliant)

Pre-requisite Information

  • Be able to read and write basic English
  • Be physically capable of working outdoors, on your feet for up to 6 hours
  • Provide photo identification
  • Wear steel capped or safety boots on site; sun protection Hat, long sleeved shirt and pants – are also recommended.

Course Outcomes / AQF Certification

Upon successful completion a Statement of Attainment for the unit of competency completed will be issued.

Refund Policy

See our student handbook for further information on refunds.

PPE Requirements

Hi-Vis Shirt, Long Pants, Enclosed Footwear, Hardhat, Gloves (all other PPE will be provided).

Why Shamrock Training Services?

  • Extensive training offered by our certified instructors
  • Classroom based training that includes live videos and demonstrations
  • Practical training that meets logbook requirements
  • Written and practical assessment tests
  • Competency-based assessments
  • A nationally recognised certificate

RTO Compliance

Shamrock Training Services is responsible for and committed to the on-going compliance for all training and assessment conducted. Please see the Student handbook for more information.