Roller courses available at the Diggerland Plant Training School

Roller courses

Have you ever driven by a construction site or past roadworks where a roller is being operated, and thought about learning? Well now you can! There are plenty of advantages to being qualified to operate a roller.

Road rollers are very versatile types of construction equipment, so we can see why it would be great to invest in learning. Find out more about our roller courses we have available here at the Diggerland Plant Training School.


A road roller, sometimes referred to as a roller-compactor, is an engineering vehicle used to compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt. They are often seen on construction sites and by the roadside. However, rollers can also be used at landfills or for agricultural purposes.

There are various rollers currently available within the construction industry. They can all be used for different types of projects. 

Currently, the following rollers that are available include:

  • Smooth wheeled rollers
  • Pneumatic rollers
  • Grid rollers
  • Sheepsfoot rollers
  • Vibratory rollers, also known as Tandem Rollers


Rollers are used to crush and compact loose materials by applying direct pressure. If a tandem roller is being used, the smooth surface is created due to the increased amount of vibration from the drums. 

NPORS N214 Ride on Roller course
Roller Courses


Bomag is currently one of the main brands of rollers we use for our roller courses. They are very popular in the construction industry, and with our operators. Bomag has been operating since 1957, and has over 2,500 employees at present. Not only do they stock high quality rollers they can also provide pavers, recyclers and compactors. 

Currently, Bomag produce:

  • Heavy articulated steered tandem rollers between 5 and 16 tonne
  • Light tandem rollers under 5 tonne
  • Heavy pivot steered tandem rollers between 5 and 12 tonne
  • Pneumatic tyred rollers

With over 60 years of designing road rollers, Bomag’s main aim is to increase productivity or make it more economical. They are also ‘virtually maintenance-free’. Meaning that an operator will be able to enjoy the roller and make the most of the machine without having to worry about maintenance.


In addition to Bomag, we also use Ammann for our roller courses. Our sister company H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd has plenty of Ammann rollers available for their customers to use. We have seen first hand that they are a fantastic brand to use. 

Ammann was founded in 1869 when the family business was first set up. In 1911 the first motorised Ammann road roller was produced. 

If you use an Ammann roller on our roller courses, you will benefit from:

Easy controls

A lot of thought has gone into the design of these rollers. Ammann has ensured that operators can move the machine around easily. The roller has been made with a simple display, easy to reach controls and levers, and access to amend the amplitude and frequency.

Visibility in mind

Ammann rollers are made as standard with a rotating operator seat. This will enable an operator in training to be able to make full use of the machine without worrying about blind spots.


At our Plant Training School we are currently running the NPORS (N214) Ride on Roller course. When operators book onto this particular course, they will be signing up to 1- 3 days of training. However, this will differ in length due to any existing experience. We are happy to work with complete novices looking to begin training too.

The test will then be made up of an NPORS Theory assessment and a Practical assessment.

Depending on the amount of existing training, we will cover the following content:

  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and why they are used
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks
  • Prepare the roller for use
  • Loading and unloading procedures for machine transportation

Full details of the course can be found on our website, where you will also be able to contact us to book.


Here at the Diggerland Plant Training School we are in the prime location for learning. Plus we have access to a large variety of plant equipment available.

If you’re looking to book onto any of our roller courses, we have a number of highly experienced instructors on hand to help.

Please feel free to email us today if you have any additional questions about our courses.  If you’re looking to book as an individual or on behalf of employees, we look forward to hearing from you. 

Alternatively, you can give us a call on: 01634 295355 to discuss our roller courses in detail.