Forward Tipping Dumper (FTD)

Our Forward Tipping Dumper (FTD) training comes with accreditation from NPORS or AITT.

Forward Tipping Dumpers (FTDs) are common items of plant to be found on Construction, Utilities, Groundworks and a number of other sectors. They range in size from the smallest with a load carrying capacity of around 1 tonne (1,000kg) to around 9 or 10 tonnes for the largest machines.

Larger dumpers (some over 100 tonne!) do exist, but these will typically be rear tipping, rather than forward tipping.

Training can be up to 3 days for a group of three novice candidates, but this can be reduced with relevant experience/training, or if there are fewer candidates attending the course.

Your course will cover the theoretical knowledge input and health & safety awareness; pre-use checks; safe loading; backfilling excavations; tipping into a stockpile; travelling on uneven terrain and slopes and more…

Upcoming FTD Courses


The National Plant Operator Registration Scheme (NPORS) is well regarded, particularly within the Construction and Utilities sites.

NPORS offer the option of including the CSCS logo on their operator cards. However, these are valid for two years as a “trained operator“, during which time the operator is required to complete an NVQ to upgrade the card to a five-year “competent operator” card. This is comparable to the CPCS scheme.

NPORS also offer the “traditional” card, which can be renewed periodically without the need to complete NVQs, which can be expensive and time-consuming if you don’t have a specific requirement for them.

Training is also available through the Association of Industrial Truck Trainers (AITT) or as an in-house qualification.

These courses are still delivered by the same experienced trainers, to the high standards to which we hold ourselves. However, lower candidate registration fees and reduced administration costs mean that we can pass that saving on to you, so this is a great option if cost is a key consideration.

Course TypeWho is it suitable for?Duration
Experienced Worker Test (EWT)For very experienced candidates who are familiar with the theoretical knowledge and practical testing requirements, the EWT route is a cost-effective option, allowing a greater number of candidates to be tested in one day. This option does not allow for any refresher or remedial training, however.1/2 day
NoviceAimed at candidates with little or no previous experience on the machine, who have not previously attended formal training.3 days
ExperiencedThis course is aimed at delegates who have some prior experience. This may have been with formal training where experience has since been sporadic, or regular experience without any formal training.1-3 days
RefresherSuitable for candidates who have previously received formal training for the equipment and have since been using it on a regular or semi-regular basis.1 day


If you have any questions, or would like to book a course, contact us today!