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Dump truck: articulated chassis/Rear tipping dumper: all sizes (novice)


This standard is exclusively for use by Approved Training Organisations (ATOs). The purpose and scope of this standard is to provide the learner with the skills and knowledge to support the safe operation of a dump truck.


For each learner - 14 hours to include at least 7 hours of individual practical engagement time with the machine.

This time does not include assessment time.

Learners must cover all learning outcomes; the duration must not be reduced.

Note: practical engagement time indicates the minimum number of hours throughout the course that each learner would spend doing practical training, this includes seat time and any associated practical checks of the machine e.g. pre-start checks.

Learners pre-requisites

The learner does not hold a current industry recognised card within the plant category and/or has limited or no demonstrable practical experience of operating the category of plant in a construction environment. Experience of working on site and a basic knowledge of construction terminology would be beneficial.


The purpose and scope of this standard is to provide the learner with the knowledge to support the following:

Safe operation of a dump truck by:

  • carrying out all checks and preparation procedures for site operations
  • siting the machine safely and efficiently for loading and discharging
  • travelling with and without a load on various types of terrain
  • understanding the capabilities, purposes, and limitations of the machine
  • understanding all safety precautions
  • carry out safe working practices

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft


As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:



  • a current card issued by one of the CSCS partner plant schemes at instructor/trainer/assessor level bearing the category of dump truck


  • a current card issued by one of the CSCS partner plant schemes at operator level bearing the category of dump truck

  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training or equivalent qualification listed in Appendix 3 of the Requirements for Approved Training Organisations
  • health and safety qualification at or equivalent to construction site management level, examples of which can be found in Appendix 6 of the Requirements for Approved Training Organisations
  • in addition to the required qualifications, the trainer must be able to demonstrate occupational experience of operating the dump truck relating to the training they are delivering. This can be demonstrated with a valid and in date blue card from a ‘Recognised Organisation’ and a minimum of 1 year site experience


  • S/NVQ Level 2 Plant Operations in the specific category being trained
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement


Training and assessment may be delivered in an on or off-site environment.

Where training and assessment takes place within a working construction site environment, training must be segregated from productive work within a prescribed training area, which has been risk assessed and has appropriate control measures in place as required by current legislation and regulations.

All equipment required for the training must be set aside specifically for the training session and be available for the entire training duration. Equipment is not to be shared with the working construction site.

Welfare facilities must be provided wherever training and assessment takes place, and this should meet relevant legislation.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for Learners to achieve learning outcomes delivery and assessment criteria, and must comply with relevant legislation, regulations and industry agreed requirements.

The class size and learner/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable learners to achieve the learning outcomes.

This must not exceed 3 learners: 1 trainer 1 machine.

Irrespective of the number of learners, effective learning must be maintained for all learners.

The following training delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • face to face learning environment (such as a classroom/workshop/site office) for theoretical learning & assessment
  • on or off the job site environment for practical learning and assessment
  • simulator for practical training

note – if a simulator is used, it can only comprise of a total of 20% of overall practical training and not used in any assessment.

This standard is considered to contain 70% or more practical training.


For the successful completion of training, Learners must complete an end of course practical assessment and knowledge test that has a clear pass or fail criteria as set out by the card scheme. The marking criteria must effectively measure every aspect of each learning outcome and additional guidance for training and assessment.

Assessment must adhere to all points on the CITB Requirements for Approved Training Organisations including Appendix 6 which provides further guidance for assessment.

Quality assurance

Recognised standard

CITB will gain assurance through the Recognised Organisation’s quality arrangements.

Approved Training Organisation’s will be required to supply confirmation of approval (centre approval and scheme approval) with the related Recognised Organisation’s awarding organisation or body. In most cases this will be an approval certificate provided by the Recognised Organisation’s awarding organisation or body, listing the routes, qualifications and categories they are approved to deliver. In addition, a copy of the most recent external quality assurance monitoring report will be required, relating to the standard that you wish to be approved for.

This information will be reviewed by CITB’s quality assurance team. Approval will be subject to the required Recognised Organisation’s documentation being supplied by you. As part of the quality assurance checks, CITB may confirm the accuracy of documentation with the issuing organisation.

Please refer to the Requirements for Approved Training Organisations Appendix 6 for further guidance on quality assurance.


There are no mandatory renewal or recommended refresher requirements for this standard.


Lifetime (Please note standards using this classification will only be grant aided once per Learner)

Approval date


Review cycle

On request or 5 years from approval date.

Learner outcomes

Including additional guidance to support training delivery and final assessment - Dump truck (Novice) learning outcomes (PDF, 214KB)

Additional information about this standard

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


Health and Safety at Work Act 1974


The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015


Road Traffic Act 1988


Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)


Safe Use of Vehicles on Construction Sites HSG 144 - HSE


Safety signs and signals. The Health and Safety Regulations 1996


Plant Safety Group - Ground Conditions for Construction Plant


Quarries National Joint Advisory Committee.


Where EU legislation is listed this should be followed unless superseded by updated legislation, as result of (but not limited to) Brexit.