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Advanced Level Geotechnical Knowledge and Practice (Level 4)

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2 Day

Who should attend?

The course is designed for employees or contractors who have the responsibility for managing and overseeing geotechnical aspects within an extractives and mineral processing environment, in line with those set out in the Quarries Regulations 1999 and ACOP.

Delegates MUST provide evidence of holding the (intermediate) Level 3 Qualification, prior to attending.

This is a technical course – if you are looking for an introduction or an awareness level, of course, we recommend the Geotechnical Awareness for Operatives ½ day course.


This Advanced knowledge course will benefit individuals who are involved in and responsible for carrying out geotechnical inspections in the workplace and give a greater understanding of the requirements during appraisals and when assessments will be required.

To provide course members with:

• The information and skills to manage geotechnical aspects of their work in quarries effectively

• To take an active role in quarry design

• The maintenance of a safe geotechnical environment throughout the life of a quarry


The course includes:

  • Hazards and definitions

  • More advanced knowledge on causes of instability in soil and rock slopes

  • Rockfall, Rockfall design and control measures

  • Rockfall and control measures

  • Geotechnical assessment including practical aspects using latest technologies

  • Inspections and record keeping

  • Working practices

  • Legal compliance

Number of delegates

minimum 4, maximum 8

Duration and Delivery Options

Day 1: Based in a training room includes:

• Short lectures
• Demonstrations
• Group discussions
• Case studies
• Practical instruction

Day 2: Based in a training room and includes:

• Dynamic practical application of inspections/appraisals
• The legal and principles of appraisal, assessment and inspections and records
• Interactive visual sessions and scenarios to practice, inspections/appraisals in the classroom environment
• Multiple choice assessment of 24 questions

Bespoke Course (full courses only)

This course can be bespoke designed to fit your requirements; Should you wish to have an onsite inspection you will need access to a quarry and full PPE wear will be required.

Successful completion of the course leads to a Level 4 Award in Geotechnical Knowledge for Quarrying Management (VQ)

Contact Details

Contact details: For further details or to make a booking, contact the team on 0115 983 6580 or email enquiries@mpskills.co.uk

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