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RIIMPO318F – Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations (Bobcat / Skid Steer Licence)

RIIMPO318F – Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations (Bobcat / Skid Steer Licence)

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Course Overview

Skid Steer (Bobcat) Operations covers conducting skid steer loader operations in the civil construction industry. It includes: planning and preparing; conducting machine pre-operational checks; operation of skid steer loader including stripping/ spreading topsoil and materials, lifting, loading vehicles, excavations, mixing materials ; selecting, removing and fitting attachments; relocating the skid steer 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 skid steer within the Resources, Construction 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

  • RIIMPO318F - Conduct Civil Construction Skid Steer 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 Skid Steer Loader?

A skid steer loader is a self-propelled wheeled machine in which steering is accomplished by skidding or reversing the wheels or tracks on one side of the machine.

It has an integral front-mounted bucket-supporting structure and linkage, which loads or excavates through forward motion of the machine, and lifts, transports and discharges material.  An example of a skid steer loader would be the popular Bobcats.


There are many models of skid steer loaders, but they share the main components, which are -

  1. The Bucket - A scoop at the front of the loader, with hydraulic arms that can lift and lower the bucket, enabling excavating, pushing, lifting and tipping actions.
  2. Hydraulic Arms - Attached to the rear of the machine to provide counter balance to loads, these operate the bucket.
  3. Cabin - Protected with a safety cage, the driver and controls are in the cabin.
  4. Chassis - Provides the base for the loader, drive train and engine.

Attachments used with a Skid Steer Loaders

  • 4 in 1 Bucket
  • Spreader Bar (leveller)
  • Trencher (chain digger)
  • Auger (post hole)
  • Forks
  • Profiler
  • Broom
  • Roller Pad Foot
  • Roller Smooth Steel Drum
  • Grader
  • Cement Mixer
  • Slasher Mower
  • Backhoe
  • Excavator
  • Log Grab
  • Ripper
  • Stick Rake
  • Hydraulic Hammer

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RIIMPO318F – Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations (Bobcat / Skid Steer Licence)