HRETDs tractor loader backhoe (TLB) training course details
SAQA unit standard: 116254
Field: Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology
NQF level:  03 (13 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Five learners
Novice training duration: Three days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs tractor loader backhoe (TLB) training course details
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HRETD offers training in the SADC regions and beyond
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Training requirments
Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earth moving plant
Articulated dump trucks
Concrete dumpers
Face shovels
Front end loaders
Rigid dump trucks
Skid steer loaders
Track type dozers
Wheeled dozers
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
Workshop & powertools
Landscaping tools
Included in this mutimedia training programme The tractor loader backhoe (TLB) course is designed for both novice and experienced operators who may be expected to operate a TLB while performing their daily duties.

A learner accredited with this unit standard will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the functions of the TLB and the start-up, shutdown and operating procedures for the machine.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a grade 7 certificate or equivalent qualification and code B national driver license if operating on national roads.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of tractor loader backhoe training, feel free to contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Earthmoving and construction operations

Each learner will recieve

Tractor loader backhoe (TLB) operator training

Earth moving plant operations training

Course content


We explain what a TLB is, its functions, list different types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and explain why PPE is so important.

TLB components

We identify the different components, the external and internal components of a typical TLB engine, explain the difference between petrol and diesel engines, and we discuss how the following components function - hydraulic, electrical, braking and cooling systems, power train, tyres, loader and excavator buckets.

Gauges and switches

We explain the different types of gauges and switches.

TLB controls

We explain why the operator’s compartment must be kept clean, neat and tidy, the function of the floor pedals, direction control function, steering control and the implementation of control functions.

TLB checks

We list and explain why the operator must perform and complete different machine checks and explain how to stop, shut down and park the machine.

General TLB safety

We explain who is responsible for the operator and machine’s safety and list general and site safety rules.

TLB operating techniques

We explain how to perform all the basic TLB operations safely, list the different operating techniques; explain what the different engine smoke colours indicate, why intermittent revving is not desired and how to start a cold engine.

Transporting the TLB

We explain how to safely load the TLB onto a transporter, what aspects to check for while loading and off-loading the TLB, how to off-load the TLB from the transporter and how to position and secure the TLB on the transporter.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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CETA accreditedTraining programme accreditation

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard number 262747 and Department of Labour requirments, and the Namibian Training Authority.

HRETD certification policy

This training programme is registered and accredited by the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard number 262747 and Department of Labour requirments, and the Namibian Training Authority.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.
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