Our front end loader (FEL) course is nationally recognized, giving you the skills to operate an FEL in the civil construction industry. The training will also qualify you for earthmoving jobs in the mining, construction and agriculture industries

Front End Loader

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funding available*

RIIMPO321E Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations
(superseded by and equivalent to RIIMPO321F)

Our front end loader (FEL) course is nationally recognized, giving you the skills to operate a FEL in the civil construction industry. The training will also qualify you for earth moving jobs in the mining, construction and agriculture industries.

Our industry Trainers and Assessors will provide you with high quality, flexible and reliable training, giving you hands-on real-world skills to meet the highest standards of safety and compliance in the industry. Our trainers and assessors Brisbane will ensure you are site ready and have the necessary skills and knowledge to safely and efficiently undertake work in a range of working environments.

Verification of Competency (VOC) courses also available.

The purpose of the Front End Loader course is to provide you with the competency to operate a front end loader in many sectors including the civil construction, mining and agricultural industries. At Ascent Training Solutions, our highly skilled trainers and assessors provide a detailed training plan for students in a small class environment.

A front end loader is a heavy equipment machine with a bucket at the front on an articulated arm. It can be used in construction for digging and loading various materials such as rock, sand, asphalt, pipe or gravel onto trucks. The bucket can both be permanently mounted or have a removable attachment where it can be replaced by another device or tool.

This training in its current form, meets the criteria of the unit of competency requirements.

This course will give you detailed training on how to plan and prepare work, operate a front end loader, select and attach appropriate lifting gear, move a load safely, conduct routine checks, relocate the front end loader, maintain and inspect the loader, and finally to perform housekeeping tasks.

The training will be taught at our onsite training facility in Brisbane through written and practical teachings. The course content will cover the following;

  • Australian standards, legislation and codes of practice.
  • Procedures and techniques to follow when operating a front end loader.
  • Routine pre-start checks and shut down procedures.
  • Hazard identification and the relevant control measures.
  • The various front end loader attachments for transferring loads effectively.
  • Understanding the characteristics, capabilities and limitations of a loader
  • Identifying and reporting faults according to isolation procedures.
  • Effective communication between employees in the workplace.
  • Characteristics of materials/soils being moved and choosing the right attachment for the specific job
  • Relocation of the front end loader between worksites.
  • General housekeeping tasks and maintenance of the machine.

On successful completion of this course, applicants will have the ability to demonstrate the following;

  • Identify hazards and apply control measures using the Hierarchy of Hazard Control
  • Conduct before and after routine checks to ensure the front end loader is safe to use.
  • Use effective communication skills with supervisors and co-workers.
  • Use of appropriate signals when transporting materials safely.
  • Choose the correct attachments for the specific work being carried out.
  • Backfilling, cutting/boxing, mixing materials and various other techniques when operating a front end loader.
  • Knowledge of the different types of soil and their compaction.
  • Calculate safe working loads.
  • Report faulty equipment according to site isolation procedures.
  • Comply with the relevant legislation, safety standards and site instructions.

On successful completion of this course, you will have the ability to safely operate a front end loader in a variety of different work environments. Ascent Training Solutions will issue you with a nationally recognised statement of attainment, which enables you to work in many industries across the country.

Our highly qualified trainers and assessors will provide students with the confidence and assurance necessary to gain employment in a variety of industries specifically the construction and mining sectors,

Depending on prior knowledge and experience, our courses are run over 2 - 5-days involving high quality face to face and logbook training at our training yard in Brisbane.

Onsite training and assessing is available at your company location however, in such cases, we would conduct an inspection of the equipment that will be used to ensure the safety and conditions of the equipment is ideal for on-site training and meets the requirements for assessment.

Full course fee is to be paid prior to the commencement of formal assessment.

Payment plans are available through Humm formally known as Certegy Ezi-Pay, contact us for further details.

All payments can be made using Direct Debit, Visa, or Mastercard. In the case of a failed payment or dishonoured transaction, the enrolment of the candidate will be suspended. In such cases, you can seek a transfer to another course.

You can find more information about our booking process, enrolment and payment policies in student handbook.

Refund Policy

Kindly refer to our student handbook for more information on our refund policy.

Our focus is not limited to providing you with industry knowledge and developing the required skills. We ensure you have the confidence and capability to apply the knowledge and skills to real life construction jobs.

On successful completion:

  • You will be issued a nationally recognised Statement of Attainment
  • Personalised wallet sized Operators Card with the unit of competency listed
  • Industry knowledge and skills to operate a wheeled front end loader.

Subsidies are available for eligible candidates through Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ). CSQ is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. CSQ provides funding for QLD based eligible workers as specified in the Building and Construction industry (portable Log Service Leave Act 1991 (link to )

More information regarding subsidised training courses and eligibility can be found here (link Here to

For further information you can contact us on (07) 5658 0040 or email us at


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