RIIMPO320F Conduct civil construction excavator operations

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

If you’re looking for comprehensive excavator 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.

Take the next step in your career by earning your RIIMPO320F Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations with Major Training.

Objective of The Excavator Course

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

Delivery of The Excavator Course

Major Training offers an easily accessible three-day excavator operator training course. Learn in a real-life construction setting and become qualified for excavator operations with the course below.

  • Three-Day Excavator Course

    This course is a professional excavator operator training program that’s based on competency and delivered in a controlled environment at Major Training’s high-quality simulated worksites throughout Queensland.

    The course offers:

    • Everything you need to earn your excavator ticket from start to finish
    • Three days of competency-based training and assessment from our knowledgeable and experienced team
    • Intensive theoretical and practical training conducted in our classroom facility at Yatala or Morayfield over two days. The theoretical work will be presented by our trainers through videos, live demonstrations, and clear instructions.
    • One day of practical assessment at our facility where you will operate an excavator
    • 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 excavator competency. We achieve this by providing quality training materials, including a logbook, training plan, full assessment, training manual, and heavy machinery for you to operate.

The Excavator Course Includes

  • 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.

Our assessments include 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.

Student Entry Requirements

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

To enrol in the excavator 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, qualifications and/or statements of attainment may be eligible for RPL or credit transfer. You can learn more about experienced operator options here.

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

Course Cost

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.

Course Outcome

By completing the excavator operator course with Major Training, you’ll be trained in the safe and effective operation of an excavator. Successful students will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment.

Student Support Options

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
  • Recognising your previous learning and experience to speed up the process

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


  • Do you need a ticket to operate an excavator?

    While an excavator ticket is no longer required for some uses of an excavator, you will need a valid excavator ticket or the appropriate training and competencies for work operations including Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations (RIIMPO320F) and Conduct Hydraulic Excavator Operations (RIIMPO301E)

  • How do I get my excavator ticket?

    You will receive your excavator ticket upon successful completion of a Conduct Civil Construction Excavator Operations (RIIMPO320E) with Major Training.

  • What do I do if I have lost my excavator ticket?

    If your excavator ticket has been lost or stolen, you should contact the training provider where you took the training or the employer who sponsored your course. If your ticket is still valid, you should be able to get a replacement for a small fee.

  • How long does an excavator ticket last?

    As this is a unit of competency, this unit does not expire.

  • How much do excavator operators make?

    This will depend on your role and industry, but the average salary of an excavator operator in Australia is $69,225 per year.

Contact Our Team

If you’re looking for excavator 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.