Machine Handler

The Machine Handler course is a response to the duty of companies to provide their workers and their representatives for safety, hygiene and health at work adequate information on the work equipment used, according to article 8 of Decree-Law No. 50 / 2005 of 25 February, as well as in article 32 in point 1, self-propelled work equipment may only be carried out by suitably qualified workers.

Professionals whose functions depend on the use of work equipment or depends. Other individuals, of both sexes, who are interested in this area of formation.


16 Hours

Thematic Training Area

862 – Health and Safety at Work

General Objective

Provide the trainees with specific knowledge for the appropriate use of work equipment, particularly as regards the maneuvering of machines.

Specific Objectives

As specific objectives, it is intended that at the end of the training action the trainees are able to:

  • Recognize and apply the basic principles of hygiene and safety at work applied to the maneuvering of machines;
  • Know the predictable abnormal situations and manage the main causes of accidents in the area in question;
  • Know the conditions of use of the equipment and apply safety procedures in the activity of maneuvering machines.

Programmatic Structure

Module 1 – Sensitization in HSW in the workplace Program Structure

Working Hours 4 Hours

  • Main causes of accidents (Predictable abnormal situations)
  • Safety Awareness
  • Accident costs
  • Consequences of accidents for own and for third parties
  • Professional diseases

Module 2 – Safety procedures (conditions of use of the equipment) in Machines in Construction

6 Hour Load

Construction Sites

  • Work equipment:
  • Backhoe Loader
  • Cylinder
  • Drilling machine
  • Forklifts
  • Wheel loader
  • Track or Tire Excavator / Rotator
  • Rolling Bridges
  • Telescopic handler
  • Lifting Platforms
  • Mobile Crane
  • Tower Crane

Module 3 – Safety procedures (conditions of use of equipment) in Agricultural and Forest Machines

6 hour load

  • Soil Mobilization Equipment (Plow)
  • Sowing Equipment
  • Cutting Equipment
  • Packaging Equipment
  • Combine harvester
  • Motorcycles
  • Chainsaws
  • Motorcycles
  • Conveyor Chargers
  • Dragger
  • Winch
  • Wood splitters
  • Forestry crusher
  • Forestry trailer
  • Forest Disk Grids
  • Stylists
  • Skimmers

Training Mode

Initial training

Formation Organization Form

Presencial, continuous training


The trainees will be evaluated in the form of a compulsory writing. Assiduity and behaviors will also be a factor of analysis and evaluation.

Presence and Certification Scheme

It will be considered a successful grade whenever the trainee obtains a final grade of 10 or more (on a scale of 1 to 20) and has an effective frequency equal to or greater than 95% of the total workload of course. The successful grade gives the right student the right to receive a Vocational Training Certificate with a final final grade resulting from the final evaluation average of all modules.

Entitlement to the certificate shall include:

  • Evaluation in all modules;
  • Achievement in continuous assessment;
  • The attendance is equal to or greater than 95% of the total hours of the training action;
  • The appropriate behavior (taking into account the following parameters: participation, responsibility, interpersonal relations and punctuality)

Material and Pedagogical Resources available to the Trainees

  • Block
  • Pen
  • Manual
  • Projector
  • Writing board
  • Training support exercises (where applicable)
  • Other support material produced by the trainer (when applicable).

Access Requirements and Selection Criteria

Frequency Requirements

At the level of the frequency requirements for the course the following were defined:

  • Employee or unemployed employee aged 18 years or over;
  • Minimum compulsory education according to the date of birth or in the process of acquiring these qualifications or in the process of acquiring those qualifications;

Selection Criteria

  1. With or without professional experience;
  2. Motivation of frequency of action: this training being the overall objectives of strengthening the level of qualifications, we will try to emphasize the behaviors and attitudes evidenced by the candidates that reflect a manifest desire to improve their professional skills;
  3. Equal opportunities: in the selection process, we will seek to ensure gender equality, so in each training action we intend to integrate 50% of Men and 50% of Women.

Profile of Trainer

The training action will be carried out by Trainers who, having been duly certified under current legislation – holders of Professional Competence Certificate (former CAP) – have theoretical and practical knowledge on the subject.