Backhoe Ticket

Get real world experience while you earn your backhoe ticket with Major Training Group.

Backhoe Ticket
Conduct Backhoe/ Loader Operations




3 days

Course Outcomes

Upon completion you will receive a Nationally Recognised Statement of Attainment in RIIMPO319E Conduct Backhoe/ Loader Operations

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Earn your Backhoe Ticket and get valuable building and construction industry experience with Major Training.

If you’re looking for comprehensive backhoe training in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, our knowledgeable team provides hands-on training at simulated site facilities throughout South East Queensland.

Course Details

A Backhoe Ticket is a nationally recognised unit of competency that’ll give you the skills to operate a backhoe on a construction or building site. Having a backhoe ticket will qualify you for jobs in transport, mining, and agriculture.


A detailed training plan developed from our knowledge of the earthmoving industry.

Practical training recorded in a practical skills logbook.

Written and practical assessments conducted on completion of formal training.

All training materials, machinery and a hi-vis vest.

ENTRY Requirements

This course is suitable for students who are currently employed or seeking employment in the construction industry.

To enrol in the backhoe course, students must:

  • Be able to read and write basic English
  • Pass a language, literacy, and numeracy assessment (LLN)
  • Be mechanically minded with an interest in operating heavy machinery
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • Provide two forms of identification
  • Wear steel-capped or safety boots on site. Sun protection is also recommended (hat, long sleeves, and pants).

Backhoe Ticket

A Backhoe ticket grants individuals the expertise to safely operate backhoes—a versatile type of heavy equipment that combines a front-end loader and a rear-mounted digging arm. Possessing a Backhoe ticket signifies competence in handling excavation, digging, and loading tasks efficiently while adhering to safety protocols. This qualification opens doors to a range of roles within construction, civil engineering, and related industries.

Possible Roles

Backhoe Operator: The primary role is operating backhoes for various tasks such as digging trenches, excavating foundations, loading materials, and backfilling. Operators ensure precision and safety in their work.

Utility and Infrastructure Maintenance: Backhoe operators are often employed in maintaining utility infrastructure like water, sewer, and telecommunications systems. They can excavate trenches for repairs and installations.

Roadworks and Civil Engineering: Within road construction and civil engineering projects, operators with Backhoe tickets assist in road repairs, excavation for drainage systems, and other groundwork.

Construction Site Worker: As a site worker with a Backhoe ticket, you'll contribute to construction projects by operating backhoes for earthmoving and material handling activities, playing a pivotal role in site preparation and development.

Landscaping and Earthmoving: Backhoe operators are valuable assets in landscaping projects, where they help shape terrain, create ponds, and move earth to design outdoor spaces.

Demolition Crew Member: Backhoes are utilised in controlled demolition tasks, such as breaking down structures, removing debris, and preparing sites for redevelopment. Operators play a key role in these processes.

Potential wages could be in the region of $65,000 to $75,000 per year or around $39 per hour

Delivery Options

Major Training offers an easy-to-access three-day backhoe operator training course. Learn in a real-life construction setting and become qualified for backhoe operations.

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Utilise Major's well-equipped sites across South East Queensland (SEQ) for your training needs. We have popular industry courses running weekly.
Major also run courses in Northern NSW. Contact us today to learn more about undertaking a course in Northern NSW.

Course Details
Three-Day Backhoe Course

Duration: 2 days training, 1 day assessment

Time: 6.30am to 3pm

This course is an intensive professional backhoe operator training program based on competency and delivered in a controlled environment at Major Training’s high-quality simulated worksites.

The course offers:

  • Everything you need to earn your backhoe ticket from start to finish
  • Three days of intense, competency-based training and assessment delivered by our knowledgeable team
  • Intensive theoretical and practical training conducted in our classroom facilities over two days. The theory will be presented through videos, live demonstrations, and clear instructions by experienced trainers.
  • One day of practical assessment at our facility where you will operate a backhoe
  • A practical skills logbook for you to record your experiences during the course
  • Courses run Monday to Wednesday or Wednesday to Friday from 6:30 am until 3.00 pm.

Students are trained to a level suitable to achieve all elements of the backhoe competency. We offer exceptional trainers and assessors and quality training materials, including a logbook, training plan, full assessment, training manual, and heavy machinery for you to operate.

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Funded Options
CSQ Funding

Amount Funded: $505

Student Gap Fee (what you will pay): $150

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BERT Funding

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Study Information

View our comprehensive resource hub and explore more information about payment options, student support, credit transfer/RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning), assessment methods, and the wealth of resources available to enhance your educational journey.

We accept a range of payment options:

  • Credit Card via our secure payment gateway
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At Major Training Group, we aim to ensure that everyone gets the most out of their studies and that is why students have access to a range of support options to help them along the way. They include:

  • Additional practical training sessions
  • Extended learning time
  • Alternative training methods and resources
  • Access to our experienced staff for one-on-one training
  • Recognition of previous learning and experience to speed up the process.

Students with prior industry experience may be eligible for RPL. Students may also qualify for credit transfer if they can demonstrate prior qualifications and/or statements of attainment. You can learn more about credit transfer and RPL here.

We use a variety of assessment methods including;

  • Online
  • Paper
  • Video
  • Q&A
  • Demonstration
  • Short written answers
  • Longer written answers
  • Third-party observation
  • Knowledge skills observation 
  • Employer reports

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Awesome!! After coming from TAFE the training is so much better.
Awesome!! After coming from TAFE the training is so much better. Smaller classes better and more knowledgeable teachers who care about the students and more flexible learning (being able to do most of the work from home). TAFE felt like it was just there to keep apprentices there for as long as possible (spending 8 hours to do 2 hours of work) but here it’s all based around the student, come in for the morning to to finish up units then go back to work for the rest of the day.

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The staff were very friendly, trainer Carl made it very easy to learn what was needed and helped when I was struggling. Crane operator pat was very kind and made it easy to do the lifts. Amazing operator. Would definitely recommend to others and will be coming back to learn other skills. 👍

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Earn your backhoe ticket and get valuable building and construction industry experience with Major Training. If you’re looking for backhoe training in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast or the Gold Coast, we can arrange a training program to suit your needs. Call us on 1300 790 822 to discuss your options or book in using the course schedule below.

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