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Diploma In Excavation & Trenching - Level 4

South London College
Course summary
12 hours
199 GBP
Online courses
Next available date: This course is available anytime in anywhere. - Online courses
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Professional Training

Course description

Excavation and trenching are the procedures of digging up and creating excavations in the ground for various purposes. It can be dug up either to install underground infrastructure or to excavate ancient ruins. Either ways, excavation and trenching procedures are risky activities that could turn fatal, which is why South London College has developed this Diploma in Excavation and Trenching – Level 4 to equip you with the relevant knowledge and skills needed to embark on a related career.

This course will extensively educate you on the excavation facts, personal protection systems and excavation and trenching guidelines that has to be followed while digging up the excavations. Since excavation and trenching is highly risky, it is vital for you to be aware of the excavation, trenching and confined space hazards. Therefore, this program has also included a few modules that will focus on this aspect, along with an insight into the irritant (corrosive) atmosphere and soil classification.

The OSHA report that has to be followed by every employers will also be presented through this course, after which you will learn how to successfully handle an OSHA inspection. This course will also explain you about ladder safety, confined space safety, confined space entry program, confined space entry permit and confined space duties and responsibilities and hence, is ideal for anyone wishing to get into or progress within civil engineering or archeology.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that South London College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by South London College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

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*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Suitability - Who should attend?

Who Is This Course Aimed at?

  • Students
  • Job seekers
  • Engineering professionals
  • Construction professionals

Entry Requirements

  • Learners should be age 19 or over, and must have a basic understanding of Maths, English, and ICT.
  • A recognised qualification at level 3 or above in any discipline.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Course Code: QLS-04878

Training Course Content


  1. Stackable Trench Boxes
  2. Competent Person
  3. Personnel Protection Systems
  4. Excavation
  5. Commonly Found Hazards
  6. Soil Classification And Identification
  7. Protective System Requirements
  8. Shoring Systems
  9. Protection Of Employees In Excavations
  10. Shielding
  11. Inspections
  12. Excavation And Confined Space Hazards
  13. Irritant (Corrosive) Atmospheres
  14. One-Call Center Or Bluestakes
  15. General Gas Safety
  16. Soil Classification Section
  17. Daily Excavation Checklist Example
  18. Handling An Osha Inspection
  19. Osha Inspection Report Example
  20. Ladder Safety Section
  21. Confined Space Section
  22. Confined Space
  23. Permitted Confined Space Entry Program
  24. Confined Space Duties

Access Duration

The course will be directly delivered to you, and you have 12 months access to the online learning platform from the date you joined the course. The course is self-paced and you can complete it in stages, revisiting the lectures at any time.

Method of Assessment

In order to complete the Diploma In Excavation & Trenching - Level 4 successfully, all students are required to complete a series of assignments. The completed assignments must be submitted via the online portal. Your instructor will review and evaluate your work and provide your feedback based on how well you have completed your assignments.



Continuing Studies

Once you successfully completed the Level 4 Diploma in Excavation and Trenching, you will gain knowledge and skills that will give your career the jumpstart you have always wanted. With this completion you can further expand your education or go onto work in numerous positions that will also put you in line to demand a higher salary or job promotion.

  • Civil Engineer - £30,742 per annum
  • Construction Manager - £41,348 per annum
  • Civil Design Engineer - £28,887 per annum
  • Construction Foreman - £14.32 per hour
  • Engineering Supervisor

Other jobs you can get

  • Structural Engineer
  • Project Engineer

About provider

South London College

South London College is a well-established Professional online education provider in the United Kingdom and it aims to meet the employment needs of the youth and people in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. South London College...

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