Safe Use of Brushcutters and Trimmers

Our one-day brushcutter & trimmer course and assessment run monthly is ideal for grounds maintenance, forestry, utility, conservation

Brushcutters and Trimmers

The time has come for you to get your brushcutter and trimmers qualification, you could be:

  • new to the use of brushcutters and trimmers
  • used them in the past
  • have the opportunity for a new contract or tender
  • need evidence of a certificate to show competence
  • an awesome volunteer who wants to help out more on your site

There are many reasons why you have found your way here and we understand you may have lots of questions. Or you know exactly what you are looking for.

No matter where you are coming from the place to start with using brushcutters and trimmers is here.

The great thing about our course is that you get both the brushcutter and the trimmers qualification at the same time. We register and assess you for both so in effect you get two for the price of one – amazing right!

Not only is this a great starting place for those who have not used or had the experience of using brushcutters, trimmers or strimmers. As folk tend to forget that we all have to start somewhere. It is perfect for those experienced users too. As in everything, there is always the potential to learn something new if you are open to the experience.

For those who have been working within the land based sector such as a:
  • conservation worker
  • volunteer for a local group
  • budding arborist
  • forester
  • farmer
  • gamekeeper
  • landscaper
  • utility worker e.g. rail, highways

Our 1-day integrated brushcutter and trimmers course allows you plenty of time to learn to maintain and carry out the cutting. Along with the opportunity to try out different cutting heads such as cord heads, grass-cutting blades and the shredder blade. 

The place to start. . . 

If you have never used any machinery before and want to gain some confidence the brushcutter course is a fantastic place to start and it is one of the good jobs.

You tend to get into a bit of a zone and totally focus on the job and the real satistaction is that you can see very clearly where you have been. Nothing like looking back over the job and thinking ‘I did that’ with a smile – abliet tired smile. 

Just try to dodge the smelly steaming piles, if nothing else you do learn quick too! 😉

The safe use of brushcutter and trimmers is not just about using a machine safely but making sure we protect not only you and others in the area but the environment in which you work.

Many of you are already actively using brushcutters and trimmers however you may have discovered that as a professional operator you need a certificate of competence to enable you to carry on doing so.

You may have been asked by:
  • your quality assurance body
  • your employer
  • or a new contract opportunity to demonstrate competence through certification

You could be new to the job or been doing it for over 40 years and things have changed, if so and you are faced with having to gain your brushcutter and trimmer qualifications have you been:

  • Struggling to find the right fit in terms of 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 you hard earned money?
  • Concerned that it will feel like going back to school?
  • Looking to gain a qualification to continue with jobs because legislation has changed?
  • Offered a new and exciting contract, but need another ticket/qualification to seal the deal?
Then we can help you!

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

We provide award winning training through tailored, flexible, friendly, approachable trainers and assessors.

All courses are run with small groups to ensure you have as much time as needed to learn and experience what is required for the assessments if you chose to take them. Trainers and assessors are experienced, friendly, and approachable.

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.

City and Guilds accreditation

Is the certificate you will gain on successful completion of your brushcutter and trimmer assessment. 

A  one-day course, with the assessment at the end of the day.

Group sizes are no more than four candidates to one trainer, 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 strimmer and brushcutter course you will be learning about:

  • brushcutter and trimmers maintenance
  • how to sharpen blades and re-thread cord heads
  • the risks involved in using brushcutters and trimmers and how to stay safe
  • carry out pre-use checks
  • difference between sything and swatting techniques 
  • the difference between PPE use dependant on cutting head
  • importance of biosecurity
  • industry best practice 
  • what you need to do in an emergency
  • how health and safety legislation will affect you

Also, a huge bonus for you is that you can hire one of our brushcutters and trimmers at no extra cost – how amazing is that!

You will have to bring your own PPE though it is not good practice to share sweaty helmets and gloves. But don’t worry we provide a thorough list of exactly what you need to bring with you so no hiccups on the day. 

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, ideally before you attend the course. This helps you with the terminology during the course and gives you a heads-up of what to expect in any discussions and practical sessions. There could even be some videos we need you to watch to help embed your learning in preparation for your assessments. 


The brushcutter and trimmer course is one day, with the assessment at the end of that day, you will be assessed by an independent City and Guilds assessor. 

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

Integrated training and assessment means that both the training and assessment are completed in the same day. 

The assessment part is made clear at the time as not to be mistaken for training. 

A great way to save you time and money through attending for only one day rather than two. 

The City and Guilds qualification only covers the use of a brushcutter and/or trimmer, to include pre-use checks, maintenance and safe use.

You will carry out swatting and sything techniques safely.

The minimum safe working distance when using a brushcutter or trimmer is 15m.

This is clearly shown on the safety pictorial label on the machines shaft.

If the sticker is missing – replace it!

Not with the brushcutter and trimmer course, the clearing saw has its own qualification which you would need to take seperatley if required.

Yes, there are a range of brushcutter trousers that are available for extra protection.

Stihl, Oregon and Husqvarna brands are available. There is a jacket option available too.

When using a trimmer (cord head):

  • plastic full-face shield (protection against resins)
  • ear defenders
  • non-snag clothing, ideally coveralls
  • gloves
  • safety footwear
  • personal first aid kit

When using a brushcutter:

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

It is important that you use the correct PPE when switching from brushcutter to trimmer. The trimmer head requires you to wear the plastic full-face visor NOT the metal mesh visor.

The full-face plastic visor gives you the required level of protection from resins and saps from the plants you are trimming.

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