A78 Vacuum Excavation Training Category


There is a new CPCS category, A78 (A-H) Vacuum Excavation that is now a requirement to operate vacuum excavators.

It is with great pleasure to announce Force One can now provide both training and testing for this category to gain a CPCS Trained Operative Red Card.

Force One have a training room with facilities to accommodate up to four candidates at any one time and a tester available (subject to availability) to cover the practical test assessing categories:

A: Trailer – Manual Arm
B: Trailer – Semi Powered Arm
C: Non-LGV (Manual)
D: Non LGV (Semi-Powered Arm)
E: LGV (Semi Powered Arm)
F: LGV (Fully Powered Arm)
G: LGV – Semi Powered Arm – Second Operative (Non LGV Driver)
H: LGV- Fully Powered Arm – Second Operative (Non LGV Driver)

We provide in-depth training course material to provide the theory and practical testing on site at our CITB-approved premises in March, Cambridgeshire.

Vacuum Excavator Training Success From The Off!

Our first Theory and Practical Assessment has taken place already with a positive result – Luke Riley, one of the first candidates to be tested at our site is now awaiting the arrival of his CPCS Trained Operative Card.

Force One will be offering vacuum excavator training for advanced, intermediate and beginners, should it be required with theory and practical assessment dates available to suit your diary. All bookings will be based on a first come, first served basis.

Should you wish to discuss our training opportunities, or if you are ready to sit your theory and undertake a practical assessment, please contact Lynsey on 01354 655441 to book your assessment dates.

Force One are one of only two centres in the UK that are currently able to offer this CPCS A78 assessment category and we anticipate a very busy time ahead of us.

Please note: You must allow at least two full working days notice to book a theory and practical assessment. Photo ID will be required (Driving Licence). Pre-training can be booked at anytime, however the duration of the course will depend on experience and requirements.

Get in touch

If you would like to discuss or find out further information about our vacuum excavation services, hire, training or assessments, please contact a member of the Force One Team via:


Or call 01354 655441

CPCS / Force One Trainer and Vac-Ex Operative

Luke Riley (right) receives his CPCS card from Trainer Declan Burke

vac-ex trained operative card

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