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T-VAC Trailer Mounted Operator Training

Course Aims

This course aims to provide delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills of how to use and control the machine safely and to ensure they have a thorough understanding of how to support good industry practice:

  • Understand how plans & utility searches assist in the avoidance of underground services;
  • Understand the practices used to help ensure safe digging;
  • Understand the dangers from underground services;
  • Understand the methods which can be employed  to ensure optimum excavation results;
  • Differentiate between different soil types & conditions;
  • Recognise & implement control measures for potential hazards;
  • Understand how to safely control & manoeuvre the T-VAC;
  • Understand the importance of daily checks, maintenance & servicing.


1 day

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course delegates will:-

  • Have a basic understanding of the Vacuum Excavation industry;
  • Understand the dangers & why safe working practices are important;
  • Understand operator responsibilities;
  • Be able to locate & identify key controls & explain their functions;
  • Conduct all pre-operational & running checks in accordance with manufacturer's & legislative requirements;
  • Be able to identify and maintain PPE appropriate for vacuum excavation use;
  • Understand site safety and safe practices;
  • Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area;
  • Understand how to operate the T-VAC safely & efficiently; 
  • Understand the importance of maintenance and cleaning;
  • Environmental considerations;
  • Demonstrate a good understanding by performing a written assessment.

Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:

  • Current CSCS green card;
  • Reasonable level of mobility;
  • Ability to lift and move loads;
  • Good understanding of spoken and written English.

PPE Requirements

This course requires the delegate to possess the following:

  • Hard hat;
  • Steel toe-capped boots (with laces);
  • Face shield / goggles;
  • Hearing protection;
  • High Visibility Vest (minimum);
  • Fire retardant / Arc proof overalls;
  • Safety gloves.

Failure to comply will result in inability to complete the course.


Upon successful completion, delegates will receive a certificate which is valid for three years.