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Quick Hitch Devices

Quick Hitches are used with construction machinery to allow rapid change of buckets and attachments on the machine.  They are commonly used with excavators but can also be found on telescopic handlers, loading shovels and skid steer loaders.

We offer certification on Quick Hitch Devices from the following awarding body: NPORS.

NPORS Quick Hitch Awareness

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and practical skills needed to safely use Quick Hitch Devices.  This course includes theory and practical elements, with tests being conducted on each.


The duration of the course depends on the experience level of the delegates attending.  Typically, these are:

  • 1 Day – Novice Course
  • 1 Day – Experienced Worker Course (experienced but no previous certification, includes training)
  • 1 Day – Experienced Worker Tests (experienced but no previous certification, no training provided)
  • 1 Day – Refresher Course (to renew a Traditional NPORS Operator Card).

Attendee Numbers

A maximum of 3 delegates can attend the novice, experienced worker or refresher course.  A maximum of 4 delegates can attend for experienced worker tests.

Delegates must already hold NPORS certification for the 360° or 180° Excavator.


NPORS Operator Card (Traditional) – Valid for 3 years.  To maintain their card and registration with NPORS, operators are advised to complete a 1 Day NPORS Refresher Course every 3 years.

NPORS CSCS Operator Card (Construction Industry) – Valid for 2 years (non-renewable).  Operators are required to complete a Vocational Qualification (VQ) and upgrade to an NPORS Competent Operator Card.  This card is then renewed every 5 years.  Please contact us for more information.


This course can take place at our training centre in Bo’ness, West Lothian or at a location of your choice, using your equipment, subject to onsite requirements.