Award in Safe Use of Hand Held Hedge Cutters

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 2

(integrated assessment 14-23)

Hedge cutters hand held (integrated assessment 14-23)

This qualification is ideal for those who use a handheld hedge cutter, if you work in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance, forestry, game keeping etc.

The course covers pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments and operating the machine to cut hedges to the capacity of the machine.

Award in Safe Use of Hand Held Hedge Cutters City & Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1) Know how to carry out a risk assessment
2) Know the health and safety legislation that underpins hand held hedge trimmer operations
3) Know the appropriate PPE for hand held hedge trimmer operations
4) Know the health and safety features of the equipment being used
5) Know that there are different types of hedge trimmer
6) Understand hedge types and growth habits
7) Know how to maintain the hedge trimmer
8) Know how to prepare the work area
9) Know how to operate a hedge trimmer
10) Know how to clean, store and transport equipment safely and appropriately

23rd January 2020

10th March 2020

2nd April 2020

20th May 2020

28th July 2020

If you have a group of people please get in touch to discuss alternative dates

Training fee £150 +VAT = £180 per person.
Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £52 per person (no VAT).

Total £232 per person.

If you require independent assessment:
Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £127 per person (no VAT).

All fees are payable upon booking.

You will require:
1) Coveralls.
2) Safety footwear.
3) Gloves.

All other PPE and equipment can be supplied by Lowe Maintenance at no extra cost, under the proviso that any damages and / or losses are replaced by the candidate.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to use your own equipment and machinery to check its suitability.

One extended day due to the integrated training and assessment method (all training and assessment is carried out in the same day).

Award in Safe Use of Hand Held Hedge Cutters City & Guilds NPTC Level 2.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the courses when we have few people requiring the same units for refreshing, if you get in touch we can add you to the list and let you know when the next refresher date is planned for.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Safe Use of Handheld Hedge Cutters – one day refresher £75 +VAT = £90 per person

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Don’t need a qualification? Your insurance company are happy for formal training only? Then we can help. We can carry out formal training with no accredited assessment.

One day, training fee £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Why do I need a ticket for hedge cutter?

Under PUWER regulations anyone using machinery within their work must have received adequate training whether it be formal or informal and meets the requirements of their insurance company.

Handheld hedge cutters can be a dangerous piece of equipment, you are more likely to cut yourself with one than a chainsaw because they take time to cycle down and the scissor action of the blades.

What machines does it apply to?

Any machine you use in the workplace for cutting hedges, one sided, double sided, battery, electric, petrol, long reach, combi heads.

Do I need to know species of hedges?

Not for the course, as you’ll learn more about hedging species, timings and frequency on the course. However, you will do a better job in the work place if you can identify species and carry out work at the right time thus not damaging or killing the hedge by mistake.

What PPE should I be wearing when using a hedge cutter?

  • metal mesh visor
  • safety glasses
  • ear defenders
  • non-snag clothing, ideally coveralls
  • gloves
  • safety footwear
  • personal first aid kit

Do I have to do the full course?

No, you can choose to do just the handheld hedge cutter training with no assessment process. If your insurance company are happy with this, it does reduce the cost. Please get in touch for more details.

Is it possible to sharpen hedge cutter blades myself?

Yes, this is covered on the course and you’ll have the opportunity to have a go.

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