Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Training

Excavator 360 course

For most workers, the end of the year is a time to reflect as well as looking forward to the new year. When it comes to construction training, it may be the perfect time for individuals to complete additional training. Are you debating booking onto construction training to further your career, or thinking about a career change? We have courses to suit all individuals. Take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions we receive every day.


With a potential recession looming over us, we completely understand that some individuals may not wish to invest time and money into further training at this time. However there’s never been a better time to!

The private housing sector is the third largest in the industry with a record level of 24 billion pounds made last year alone. However it has been slowly decreasing since March 2022. Although home owners have been hit with extremely high mortgage rates and house prices this year, there has still been an influx in new homes required. Keeping the construction industry in particular busy still. 

The industry is expected to fall a further 9% in 2023, before increasing by 1% in 2024. Despite the gradual decline, the government is fully focused on reaching its targets. Which include building 300,000 new additional homes per year, plus making existing homes energy efficient in line with Net Zero. Therefore meaning that the industry as a whole will be heavily relied on.


For those that are completely new to the industry, it can be a daunting task finding out the information you need. We have put together a list of all of our frequently asked questions to help you out!

Can I complete training on the weekend?

Here at the Diggerland Plant Training School we completely appreciate that training cannot always be carried out during Monday to Friday. We are happy to work around your commitments and can offer training 7 days a week. Although this question is completely relevant to our business, it’s always handy to know when you’re looking for a flexible training company!

Is there a minimum age requirement for completing NPORS training?

There are no minimum age limits to obtain an NPORS plant operator card, in line with the Age Discrimincation Act. However, it is important to note that the schemes “Policies and Procedures” must be complied with. The legal requirement for the operation of Plant and Equipment is that employees must have received adequate “Plant Training and Authorised” to operate the specific item of plant. As required by Regulation 9 of the “Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998”. Employers may impose specific age limits due to insurance implications and clarification should be sought from your employer.

Why should I choose NPORS training over CPCS construction training?

Operators can choose to complete either NPORS or CPCS training, however there isn’t too much of a difference between the two schemes. NPORS training can be completed at any approved training centre or on a site of your choice, if the requirements are met. CPCS training is limited to certain training centres.

Additionally, NPORS training does tend to be slightly cheaper in comparison to CPCS training. 

Is it worth completing management training in the construction industry?

There’s never any harm in thinking ahead to the future. Especially if you already know the construction industry is the sector you want to work in. You may only be working in an entry level role for the time being, but pushing yourself to carry out management training could be the next career path for you. If you would like to find out more about our management training courses then check out the following:

S029 – Construction Site Supervisor

S031 – Construction Site Manager

Can I complete training on a one-to-one basis instead of within a group?

We can offer training on a one-to-one basis as well as within a group. Please note that training can be completed quicker if one-to-one training is selected. If you would like to find out more then get in touch with our team today. 

Do I need to hold a valid UK driving licence to operate plant machinery?

Some individuals are under the impression that a driving licence is needed to complete plant training, however there is no legal requirement. Unless the construction machinery is being driven on public roads, operators will then need to comply with any appropriate road traffic legislation.

What training is involved?

The majority of our construction training courses are split into two different sections – Theory and practical. We will be able to carry out extensive training before you then put your knowledge and skills to the test in the practical assessment. If you have any issues during the training courses then please do not hesitate to speak to our instructors, should you require further learning or help. 


As we get closer to the end of 2022, we have limited availability remaining. If you’re looking to get qualified before Christmas then we may have the space for you to complete your training soon. 

We currently have spaces available on our upcoming course dates:

Forward Tipping Dumper course: 

  • 12th – 14th December NPORS Construction Training NPORS N204 Forward Tipping Dumper Course

Excavator 360 course (Experienced Operators only):

  • 28th November to 2nd December
  • 12th to 16th December

Ride On Roller course:

  • 19th to 21st December

All of our NPORS training courses can be found on our website, along with the full course description. If there is a particular date this year that you would like to book for, then be sure to contact us. We can see what we can do with regards to fitting you in!


Have you found the course you wish to book onto?

Contact the team at the Diggerland Plant Training School if you’re looking to book onto any of our construction courses.

Get in touch with a member of the team today by emailing us today if you have any questions, or wish to book. Alternatively, you can give us a call on: 01634 295355 to discuss our construction training courses in detail.

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