Introduction to Safe Winching Techniques Course

A one day course covering the safe winching techniques, to include Capston and Tirfor winches.

Safe Winching Techniques

Capston and Tirfor

This one-day session is for those of you who are actively using winches as part of your day-to-day activities in tree work and woodland management. 

The dangers of working with trees and timber are becoming more and more paramount every day, you should be working safely and within manual handling guidance. Therefore, learning how to use winches such as Capstons and tirfors safely, effectively and productively is of vital importance. 

The course covers sessions on both a capston and a tirfor winch, if you have a group of people preferring to only use one type of winch, please contact us to discuss your requirements and we shall do our best to accommodate. 

Carrying out winching activities within the industry as a professional is something to take seriously, and as such it is important to keep up to date and know how to use them properly. 

Think of it this way, if you have an incident one of the first questions your insurance company or HSE may ask, is,

‘Have you had any training in winches?’

It’s not going to sound so good if you say you haven’t, but you had a good look on YouTube!

Do you know what your insurance company requires?

With all this in mind and you are now faced with having to gain some training in the safe use of winches, have you been:

  • struggling to find the right fit in terms of a training provider?
  • confused by all the names, numbers and acronyms for the land based courses that are available to you?
  • worried you will get it wrong or waste your hard-earned money?
  • concerned that it will feel like going back to school?
Then we can help you!

No matter which sector you are coming from, and your level of
experience. We can work with you to understand your training needs. To
tailor a programme and provide courses that will be suitable for you.

Providing award-winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors.

All courses are run in small groups. To ensure you have as much time
as needed to learn and experience the requirements for the assessments.
If you chose to take them. Trainers and assessors are experienced,
friendly, and approachable.

Finally, as with all Lowe Maintenance courses, you get support and
advice via email or on the phone. If you need it in the future. Just
because you’ve completed the course doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch
if you need more information or guidance.

Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion

This is the certificate you will gain on successful completion of your Introduction to Safe Winching Techniques course, it is valid for 3 years. 

We would advise that you check with your insurance company before booking to ensure they are happy with a certificate of completion, many are, but is it certainly worth checking first!

Companies we already provide winching courses for are:

  • Woodland Trust
  • Natural England
  • National Park
  • National Trust
  • amongst many others 

Our one-day introduction to the safe winching techniques course provides you with any industry updates, along with plenty of time for you to set up the system and winch on-site and carry out hauling, lifting and rolling techniques. 

Group sizes are no more than six candidates, so nice small group sizes. To allow for plenty of discussion and questions. 

You will have access to the Lowe Maintenance portal on booking where you will find leaflets and updates to look through before attending the practical session. 

On this winching course you will be learning about:

  • risk assessment and emergency procedures
  • relevant health and safety regulations
  • selection of relevant equipment for the site and task
  • suitable ground anchors
  • preparation of the work site
  • hauling, lifting and rolling techniques (site appropriate)
  • inspection of equipment after use for serviceability 
Candidate portal

On booking your course you will be given access to the candidate portal, where you will find lots of leaflets and documentation to read through before you attend the course. This helps you with the terminology on the day and gives you a heads-up of what to expect in any discussions. There could even be some videos to watch to help embed your learning ready for the session. 


You will be assessed ongoing throughout the session by your trainer who will make recommendations as required. There is no formal assessment process for this course but must meet the requirements listed above to be fully certificated and demonstrate competence. 

We may be stating the obvious and it is sad that we have to be saying this as it appears it is not common practice. 

When attending a course with us, you must follow any instructions that are given when using any equipment and carrying out tasks, for the safety of all involved. 

For further details please see our terms and conditions for courses.


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Because under PUWER regulations, you should have some formal training for any piece of equipment you use as a professional.

You will have the opportunity to use:

  • A petrol Capston winch
  • A Petrol winch with synthetic rope
  • A hand tirfor winch 

The Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion is valid for 3 years

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