RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations

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Course Overview

This nationally accredited short course covers how to operate a backhoe/loader to load, distribute and place materials.

Learn valuable skills from experienced operators to support your career in the building and construction industry

Skills developed include:

  • Preparing for backhoe operations by understanding job requirements
  • Carrying out start-up checks
  • Developing safe techniques to suit different conditions
  • Using lifting gear within safe working load requirements
  • Selecting, fitting, testing, using and removing a variety of attachments
  • Parking and securing of equipment

Duration: 1 day (depending on competency)

Times: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

Class Size: 4-6 

Location: Noble Training Facility or Work Site

Assessment method: Theory and Practical


*Funding options available. Contact us for more information to see if you meet the eligibility requirements

* students applying for the 1-day program are required to be existing construction or resource sector workers.


Course Fees

Subsidised*: $200 or 3 for $400

Full Fee: $500 or 3 for $1200


“*CSQ Funding available

To be eligible you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Live or work in Queensland
  • Have worked in the last 12 months or currently working within either the Civil Construction Industry or the Building & Construction Industry.

Documents required: driver licence (front and back), Medicare card, payslip or reference letter from employer stating you work in building and construction industry.



RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations

About this course

This nationally accredited short course covers the skills and knowledge required to operate, load, haul and dump materials using an articulated haul truck, and applies to those who work in operational roles across a range of industries.  This unit derives from the RII30820 – Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to operate a backhoe/loader to load, distribute and place materials.

  • This unit applies to those working in site-based roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors, and must be sourced from state jurisdictions before applying this unit.

Jurisdiction: This is a nationally recognised qualification that qualifies you to safely operate a backhoe/loader. Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 You no longer need to hold an earthmoving or particular crane (EPC) certificate to operate a Front-end loader/backhoe.

Licence: You do not need a specific license to operate a backhoe under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. However, where a certificate is no longer required for earth-moving activities, the PCBU has a primary duty of care duty under the Act to ensure that workers are trained and competent to do this work safely; this unit can and may be used to satisfy some of the requirements. Link to Worksafe Qld

Unit Sector

  • Civil infrastructure

Course Duration

Pre-course written work will support 1 day of face-to-face training and assessment.

Applicants with substantial industry experience may apply for recognition of prior learning.

Course Requirements

Students are required to meet the following to enrol:

Minimum age: 16

Literacy and numeracy skills to:

  • read relevant workplace information
  • to understand weight load limits

Provide own serviceable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including:

  • Safety boots
  • Hi-Vis Vest
  • Long sleeves pants and shirt

Sites may require:

  • Hearing protection
  • Gloves
  • Hard Hat

Course Outcome

Successful students receive a Statement of Attainment which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations

Link to unit details on Training.gov: RIIMPO319E

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