Construction Plant Operative

Level 2 Qualification

Plant Operative

Level 2

Important Information about this Course:

Level 2

This apprenticeship involves learning about four common types of construction plant and includes a 360-degree excavator, dumper/dump truck, forklift and ride-on roller. The ability to operate a core range of plant onsite will enable apprentices to work across a number of projects and provide the basis of upgrading to more specialist plant such as graders, dozers, demolition plant etc. A person can progress to become a supervisor, site or plant manager, or even start their own contracting business.

As part of this apprenticeship, the operative will carry out a range of non-operational tasks with each machine including checking, maintaining, and cleaning. They will also learn to direct and guide other plant and vehicles; such as how to marshal and signal other vehicles and plants at a site, perform checks on their progress, and finally help load their plant on or off a transporter when it is being moved to another site.
Core knowledge

K1: The operator-level servicing, checks and maintenance requirements for the range of plant

K2: How tools and equipment for maintenance, checks, servicing and configuration requirements are to be used and maintained

K3: How to extract information from the operator’s manual and electronic readout systems for to prepare and use the machine effectively

K4: How site plans and work programmes are devised, used and disseminated to relevant parties and how they determine how the work is to be carried out

K5: What resources and ancillary equipment the machine will require to carry out core operational functions

K6: The function and use of all controls, gauges, switches and performance aids to carry out machine operations

K7: The characteristics, functions, uses and limitations of use of the relevant item of plant

K8: The factors that affect the stability and safe operation of the relevant item of plant

K9: How the machine should be manoeuvred and set for operational activities

K10: What the hazards and requirements are for manoeuvring the machine around construction sites and working environment

K11: The types of planning and communication methods that are relevant and effective in a variety of work situations

K12: The purpose and layout of site traffic plans, the working areas, exclusions zones and authorized passages for the movement

K13: The types of hand signals and verbal instructions (inc. radio use) required for the movement of plant and vehicles

K14: The manoeuvring characteristics, limitations of manoeuvrability and visibility limitations of plant, supporting plant and delivery vehicles

K15: How a transporter needs to be set to allow the loading and unloading of plant

K16: The dangers and precautions when loading and unloading plant from a vehicle bed

K17: The securing procedures required for a range of plant including tracked, wheeled and smooth-drum types

K18: The health, safety, wellbeing and environmental requirements and considerations that apply for operational and maintenance activities, such as the control of diesel and oil spills, and reporting procedures for unsafe or environmental situations

K19: Relevant legislation and regulations including Health and Safety at Work Act, PUWER, LOLER, COSHH and the requirements for, and devising of static and dynamic risk assessments, method statements, COSHH-based assessments and permit-to-work systems.

Core skills
  • S1: Extract information from a variety of sources for basic servicing, checks, operational and maintenance requirements

    S2: Select and use tools, lubricants and equipment required for operator-level maintenance, checks, servicing and configuration requirements

    S3: Identify and apply information from a range of sources so that the machine is set for the work and for the work to be carried out

    S4: Identify and source materials, equipment and consumables for operational requirements

    S5: Prepare and set the machine for travelling purposes

    S6: Travel the machine across a range of ground, surfaces and in a range of operational environments and conditions inc. where relevant on inclines, and on and from a transporter

    S7: Plan, configure and set the machine to carry out the required work activity

    S8: Operate the machine in accordance with given instructions for excavating, compacting, loading, lifting, moving, discharging and placing activities relevant to the machine being used

    S9: Identify, use and maintain effective communication with co-workers, supporting staff and supervisors to carry out the work safely and efficiently

    S10: Carry out checks (through self and with others) that the work being carried out meets the job requirements and timescales

    S11: Position, configure and shut down the machine when work activities cease and isolate and secure the machine and relevant equipment and structures to prevent unauthorised use or access.

    S12: Marshall the movements of a range of plant and delivery vehicles for positioning and safe movement requirements

    S13: Assist in the setting up, configuring and positioning of plant to carry out specific work functions

    S14: Assist in preparing and securing a transporter and the items of plant during the loading and unloading activity for transportation purposes

    S15: Work in accordance with health, safety, welfare and environmental requirements, evaluate the working area and activity according to static and dynamic risk assessments and method statements, and report on unsafe situations following organisational procedures

  • B1: Health and Safety-first attitude – Is aware of the importance of following procedures and following guidance of senior members of the team due to the many risks and hazards present in the work environment and acts in accordance to H & S requirements, constantly evaluating the operation for hazards and takes appropriate actions whilst following safe systems of work, avoids taking short cuts that may increase risks

    B2: Working effectively – Undertakes the work in a reliable and productive manner.

    B3: Positive customer relationships – Behaves in accordance with the values of the employer; treats customers and stakeholders with courtesy and responds quickly to their requirements, forming and enhancing customer relationships, creating and maintaining effective working and commercial relationships

    B4: Teamwork and independent working – Working and engaging collaboratively and effectively with co-workers of different occupations to achieve requisite results safely and efficiently and safe working, and achieving those results through independence, resourcefulness and ability, operates as an effective team member and under supervision, takes responsibility, accountability and ownership of their own actions and for the completion their own work.

    B5: Attitude and discipline – Adopts a professional approach to the work and to colleagues and clients and shows professionalism whilst being polite and courteous to peers, managers, clients, general public and others, questions and challenges others when procedures are not being followed.


The course will typically take 18 months to complete.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Individuals without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 English and maths prior to taking the End Point Assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the course English and maths minimum requirement is Entry level 3 and British Sign Language qualifications are an alternative to English qualifications for whom this is their primary.

Upon completion, learners will be awarded with a Plant Operative Level 2 certificate.


Capital 4 Training are providers of good quality training and are excited to offer you the Plant Operative Level 2 qualification.


With this Level 2 qualification you can be sure that you’re going to get the quality training that you expect and deserve. Our dedicated teachers are here to help guide you through this course.


Upon completion, learners will be awarded with a Plant Operatives Level 2 certificate.

This course may also be available as an online apprenticeship.

This course may also be available as an online apprenticeship.

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