Ride-on Roller Training at North West Services

Ride-on rollers are heavy-duty pieces of machinery that are extensively used within the construction industry compacting loose material to make solid footings for paving, road building, driveways and car parks.

The course we provide at North West Services can ensure you have sufficient ride on roller training to enable you to competently and safely carry out the role as a roller operator.

Ride-On Roller Training

The Ride-on Roller is the go to machine of the construction industry, designed for compacting the ground ready to receive whatever surface finish is required. They come in all different sizes and types from twin drums to single drums to above 10t large compactors. The importance of these machines within a groundwork and construction team cannot be overstated.

North West Services have been established to provide expert advice and training to the Construction industry. By undertaking the training, you are proving yourself to be of a certain calibre and therefore, you will be more employable.


This course is for people with limited or no experience of operating a Ride on Roller; it teaches you how to operate and maintain a Ride on Roller safely.

The course we provide at North West Services is designed to give novice and intermediate operators with sufficient ride on roller training, the duration of the course can range from one day to three days depending on experience.

On completion of this course candidates will be able to:

  • Identify the basic construction, purpose and function of components and the purpose and use of all controls and gauges.
  • Identify and comply with the manufacturer’s instructions as per the operator’s handbook, other information sources and applicable legislation.
  • Carry out all pre-use and running checks.
  • Set the roller for site travel.
  • Travel over differing types of terrain, including undulating ground.
  • Manoeuvre in confined areas using forward and reverse direction.
  • Set the roller for compaction duties
  • Prepare an area before compacting, i.e., traffic/personnel management, etc.
  • Compact materials to given instructions.
  • Compact up to supported and unsupported edges.
  • Compact against radii.
  • Compact around obstructions.
  • Place the roller in an out-of-service condition.
  • Recognise compacted and non-compacted areas.
  • State conditions that may cause instability of the roller.
  • State safety procedures when working up to unsupported edges.
  • Explain safety procedures when compacting on inclines.
  • Explain the loading and unloading procedures on and off a transporter.

Why can the course benefit you?

A Ride on Roller is typically used when working on the construction of drainage, foundations, retaining walls, car park construction, rafts, highway works and general works up to DPC level.

With the training, you will have occupational competence in the workplace, meaning you can demonstrate skills, knowledge and experience in the operating of ride-on rollers in construction. You will also have a specific job role in using these machines within construction, civil engineering, roads, railways, or landscaping projects.


The training and testing for the Ride on Roller course are conducted to CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) or NPORS (National Plant Operators Registration Scheme) standards.

The training we provide is crucial as it aims to raise the health and safety standards across the board by ensuring that everyone in the plant industry has met minimum standards set out by the CPCS scheme. All courses are accredited to the CPCS or NPORS schemes, which are the largest and most highly recognised card certification scheme, our training provides proof of the skills and abilities of plant operators.

Head to the North West Services plant training page to see what other courses we offer or get in touch to see how we can help you. You can call us on 01942 233 361 or send us an email enquiries@northwestservices.org.