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Earn your backhoe ticket and get valuable building and construction industry experience with Major Training.

If you’re looking for comprehensive backhoe training in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, our knowledgeable team provides hands-on training at simulated site facilities throughout South East Queensland.


A backhoe ticket is a nationally recognised unit of competency that’ll give you the skills to operate a backhoe on a construction or building site. Having a backhoe ticket will qualify you for jobs in transport, mining, and agriculture.


Major Training offers an easy-to-access three-day backhoe operator training course. Learn in a real-life construction setting and become qualified for backhoe operations with the course below.

  • Three-Day Backhoe Course

    This course is an intensive professional backhoe operator training program based on competency and delivered in a controlled environment at Major Training’s simulated worksites at Yatala and Morayfield.

    The course offers:

    • Everything you need to earn your backhoe ticket from start to finish
    • Three days of intense, competency-based training and assessment delivered by our knowledgeable team
    • Intensive theoretical and practical training conducted in our classroom facilities over two days. Theory will be presented through videos, live demonstrations, and clear instructions by experienced trainers.
    • One day of practical assessment at our facility where you will operate a backhoe
    • A practical skills logbook for you to record your experiences during the course
    • Courses run Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday from 6:30am until 3.00pm.

    Students are trained to a level suitable to achieve all elements of the backhoe competency. We offer exceptional trainers and assessors and quality training materials, including a logbook, training plan, full assessment, training manual, and heavy machinery for you to operate.


  • A detailed training plan developed from our knowledge of the earthmoving industry
  • Practical training recorded in a practical skills logbook
  • Written and practical assessments conducted on completion of formal training
  • All training materials, machinery and a hi-vis vest.

After completing the training, our assessment includes a closed book written theory test and a comprehensive practical test using our machinery.

A nationally recognised statement of attainment will be issued to students on successful completion of the course.


This course is suitable for students who are currently employed or seeking employment in the construction industry.

To enrol in the backhoe course, students must:

  • Be able to read and write basic English
  • Pass a language, literacy and numeracy assessment (LLN)
  • Be mechanically minded with an interest in operating heavy machinery
  • Be a minimum 16 years of age
  • Provide two forms of identification
  • Wear steel capped or safety boots on site. Sun protection is also recommended (hat, long sleeves, and pants).


Students with prior industry experience may be eligible for RPL. Students may also qualify for credit transfer if they can demonstrate prior qualifications and/or statements of attainment. You can learn more about credit transfer and RPL here.

The backhoe ticket course is a unit of competency from RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction (Plant Operations). Successful completion of the backhoe course could count towards achieving this qualification.


The cost of this three-day course is $1125, which includes all learning and assessment resources, access to the machinery and entry into the facility.


By earning your backhoe ticket with Major Training, you’ll be trained in the safe and effective operation of a backhoe. Successful students will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment.


Students have access to a range of support options, including:

  • Additional practical training sessions
  • Extended learning time
  • Alternative training methods and resources
  • Access to our experienced staff for one-on-one training
  • Recognition of previous learning and experience to speed up the process.

Speak to one of our team members to find out how we can support you. Additional costs may apply.


  • What is a backhoe?

    A backhoe is a type of earthmoving equipment featuring a digging bucket attached to an articulated arm. Backhoes can be mounted to the back of a tractor or a front loader.

  • What is a backhoe used for?

    Backhoes are primarily used for earthmoving and excavation applications. The backhoe bucket can be replaced with various attachments to suit the requirements of different jobs.

  • Do you need a licence to operate a backhoe?

    There is no backhoe licence – it’s a unit of competency and each worksite needs to prove competency in order to operate. Getting a backhoe unit of competency from a registered training organisation ensures you have the skills to safely operate this machinery.


If you’re looking for backhoe training in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, we can arrange a training program to suit your needs. Call us on 1300 790 822 to discuss your options or book in using the course schedule below.