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Plant Testing and Inspection for Plant Operatives

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Plant Testing and Inspection for Plant Operatives

About Plant Testing and Inspection for Plant Operatives

This course can be adapted to suit the client’s requirements.
Training can be delivered on site using the client’s training room or at a convenient suitable location. Client is to make plant and equipment available for practical inspection.

Who should attend

This course is designed for those who will need to carry out pre-use, post-use, pre-delivery, post hire inspections and functional testing on plant and equipment to ensure it is in a serviceable condition prior to use or operations, and would be suitable for plant operators, plant technicians or engineers who require familiarisation or refresher training on safe working practices and legislative requirements for this work.


This is a classroom-based and onsite course with demonstrations and practical group exercises. Relevant plant and equipment’s used by operatives must be made available for testing and inspection practical elements of the course.

Max Delegates : 8 Face to Face
Duration : Half day (3 – 4 Hours)/ 1 day (6 – 8 Hours) dependant on plant types and variety.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide knowledge and understanding the importance of completing testing and Inspections of plant and identify hazards and risks associated through incorrect use, also ensure they understand their responsibilities under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and associated regulations and guidance for relevant plant and equipment’s.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this training, delegates will be able to:
Understand all relevant Regulations
Identify hazards and causes of accidents
Carry out pre-start and operational testing procedures
Maintain Maintenance Logs
Demonstrate how to test and inspect plant and systems


Below is a brief overview of the content of the training:
Legal responsibilities and requirements
Identification of hazards and causes accidents
Interpretation of manufacturers information
Selection of correct PPE for testing and Inspections
Carrying out practical inspection and testing procedures
Implementing and maintaining inspection/testing documentation
Defect reporting and quarantine procedures
Plant Inspection and testing for operations FAQ’s
What is plant inspection and testing?
Plant inspection and testing is a process of examining and testing the various components of a plant or equipment to ensure that they are safe and working correctly.
Why is plant inspection and testing important?
Plant inspection and testing are essential to ensure that the plant or equipment is operating efficiently, effectively, and safely. Regular inspections can help identify potential hazards and defects before they cause accidents, downtime, or equipment failure.
What are the types of plant inspections?
There are different types of plant inspections, including visual inspections, functional tests, non-destructive testing, and destructive testing.
What is a visual inspection?
Visual inspection involves inspecting the plant or equipment for signs of wear and tear, damage, or any other visible defects. This type of inspection is usually done using the naked eye, with the help of a flashlight, magnifying glass, or other equipment as required.
What are functional tests?
Functional tests are carried out to ensure that the plant or equipment is performing its intended function correctly. These tests can be simple, such as turning a switch on and off, or complex, such as running a load test on a generator.
What will this course cover?

It will cover the legislative requirements for carrying out inspections prior to, during and on completion of operations, including the relevant documentation procedures to be implemented to meet the Provision and Use of Equipment Regulations (PUWER) and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) to ensure legal compliance, also practical inspection and functional testing of plant and machinery that your company uses.
Will this course allow me to carry out 12 and 6 monthly LOLER Thorough Examinations?

No, this course will only provide training on visual and functional inspection procedures for the plant and equipment you use.
Who will train me on this course?
This will be one of our highly qualified members of staff, who have the skills, knowledge and experience in plant inspections to ensure you are provided with current and up to date procedures to keep you and your company legally compliant.
Will I get a certificate when I have completed the course?
Yes, the certification will be a Workforce Skills Support training certificate detailing the modules of the course you have completed, this will be valid for a period of 3 years.
CITB Grants
Grant Rate & Value - 2 - £140 - GET1380

Workforce Skills Support has CITB Approved status delivering CITB Assured Courses as listed in the Construction Training Directory. We are recognised by CITB as well as the British Construction Industry as a training provider who can deliver good quality training that meets the industry approved standards. We are part of the CITB’s automated grant payments system, making it easier for employers to book courses with us for their workers and be reimbursed for it.

Please note: There is a cap on how many times an employer can claim a Short duration course achievement grant. The link directs you to the CITB website for information on the amount of claims allowed based on your last levy return.

If a candidate has been paid grant for a particular course in a lifetime, they will not be eligible for grant again for the same course, unless it has specific refresher standards published on the short duration course register.

If refresher course standards do exist for a particular course, then only one refresher is grant eligible in a lifetime for each candidate.
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