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Course Description

MSMSS00021 - Operate a Hydro Excavation System

MSMWJ307 – Operate a hydro excavation system

MSMWHS200 – Work safely

MSMPER200 – Work in accordance with an issued permit

MSMWHS110 – Follow emergency response procedures

Brief outline of training

The Operate a hydro excavation skill set is design for participants who only complete hydro excavation (Non Destructive Digging | NDD) using a Class B gun/lance in association with a vacuum loading system. This course covers everything from equipment (high pressure pumps and vacuum loading systems), how to operate the equipment safely, the associated dangers, safe work practices and associated law, work permits and emergency response practices. This course will not give the students the skills or experience to use a gun/lance for any other purpose than NDD. It will not give the skills to complete washdowns, surface preparation, demolition, or any other high pressure water jetting task. Also, this course will not provide the students with the skills and/or experience to undertake any other vacuum loading operations apart from hydro excavation (Non Destructive Digging | NDD).

This course is delivered in accordance with the AS4233.1 2013 Part 1 High Pressure Water Jetting Systems Safe Operation and Maintenance, AS4233.2 2013 Part 2 High Pressure Water Jetting Systems Construction and Performance, WSA 02 2014 Third Edition V3.1 Gravity Sewerage Code of Australia, SafeWork NSW – Guide for managing Risks from High Pressure Water Jetting, and COP Work Near Underground Assets.

Who should attend this course

Industrial maintenance personnel who use Class B high pressure water jetting gun/lance in conjunction with a vacuum loading system to perform hydro excavation, non-destructive digging (NDD), service locating, and potholing.

If students have already completed the MSMSS00017/18 and MSMSS00020 then their current qualifications exceed that of this course.

Recognition of prior learning

Asset Training recognises accredited training by other Registered Training Organisations, work & life experience and previous training for the RPL process.

Applications for recognition of prior learning should be made via the online enrolment form.


Assessment will consist of some written activities with multiple answer question format plus, a practical assessment covering the use of equipment and a practical test in vacuum loading systems operation.

Important information

Due to the danger associated with hydro excavation operations, Asset Training highly recommends the nationally accredited skill set training MSMSS00021 Operate a hydro excavation system


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Long pants and long sleeve shirt

Steel cap boots

Face shield

Safety glasses

Hearing protection


Shane McNamara
Trainer & Assessor
Todd Spencer
Trainer & Assessor
Chris McCarthy
RTO Manager

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