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AIR-EX Operator Training

Course Aims

This course aims to provide delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills on how to use and control the AIR-EX tool 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 use & control the AIR-EX;
  • Understand the importance of daily checks, maintenance & servicing.


1 day

Learning Objectives

At the end of the course the delegate 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 & maintain PPE appropriate for vacuum excavation use;
  • Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area;
  • Understand how to operate the AIR-EX safely & efficiently; 
  • Understand the importance of maintenance & cleaning;
  • Environmental considerations;
  • Demonstrate a good understanding by performing a written assessment


Pre Requisite Requirements

The following pre-requisites are required:

  • Reasonable level of mobility;
  • Ability to lift and move loads;
  • Good understanding of spoken & written English;
  • Learning aids (if required).

PPE Requirements

This course requires delegates to possess the following:

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

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.