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RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations

RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations

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Course Overview

Backhoe Operations covers the conducting backhoe/loader operations in the civil construction industry. It includes: planning and preparing; conducting machine pre-operational checks; operating backhoe/ loaders; lifting, carrying and placing materials; selecting, removing and fitting attachments; relocating the backhoe/ loaders; carrying out machine operator maintenance; and cleaning up.


Course Duration

The duration will vary depending on your background and experience. There is a logbook that must be completed with on-the-job training, they have 7 tasks listed in the front of the logbook that must be completed a certain number of times each, the amount of times will vary depending on your level of experience. Assessment cannot be conducted until these tasks have been completed and the assessment may take from 4 to 8 hours to complete.


Suitable For

This course is suitable for those who wish to operate a backhoe within the Resources, Construction, Horticulture, Transport and Infrastructure industries.



Yes - participants may be required to undergo a competency test


Qualification Outcome

Successful students receive a Statement of Attainment which is recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework.

National units of competency 

  • RIIMPO319E Conduct backhoe/loader operations


Licensing Regulation

Load shifting (other than Forklift) equipment no longer are required to have a licence however an operator must still be deemed competent. Statement of Attainment received from completing this course is suitable.


Further Opportunities

This unit forms part of the Full Qualification RII30813 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations.


What is a Backhoe/Loader?

A Backhoe/Loader is a wheeled, self-propelled machine with a front-mounted bucket and rear-mounted backhoe attachment.

The backhoe/loader loads and pushes material. The backhoe attachment digs into the ground to excavate materials. When the bucket lifts or swings, it moves the materials toward the machine and then into the discharge area. The machine is stationary while the backhoe attachment is being used.

The backhoe attachment adds weight and length to the machine and this needs to be accounted for when moving it.

The attachment also adds crush, pin or pivot points. It is necessary to be aware of these points when operating the machine.


Attachments used with an Backhoe_Loader

  • 4 in 1 Bucket
  • Hydraulic Hammer
  • Trencher (chain digger)
  • Auger (post hole)
  • Forks
  • Batter Bucket
  • Trenching Bucket
  • Mud Bucket

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RIIMPO319E – Conduct backhoe/loader operations