Powered Pole Pruner
So, the time has come for you to get your powered pole pruner qualification, you could be:
- new to the use of a pole pruners
- 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 favourite site
There are many reasons on 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 a powered pole pruner is here.
Not only is this a great starting place for those who have not used or had the experience of using a pole pruner. 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
- utility worker e.g. rail, highways
Our powered pole pruner course allows you plenty of time to learn to maintain and carry out the pruning.
You will be learning about:
- pole pruner maintenance
- how to sharpen the chain and care for the cutting head
- the risks involved in using a powered pole pruner and how to stay safe
- carry out pre-use checks
- importance of biosecurity
- industry best practice
- what you need to do in an emergency
- how health and safety legislation will affect you
Although, you will have to bring your own PPE as 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.
The place to start. . .
If you have never used any machinery before and want to gain some confidence the powered pole pruner course is a great place to start.
When on the job 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.
The safe use of powered pole pruner course 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 pole pruners 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
Are 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 powered pole pruner qualification 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.
You will require:
- Reading glasses (if applicable)
- Gloves – leather or anti vibration
- Helmet with ear defenders and mesh visor
- Safety glasses
- Safety footwear
- Appropriate outdoor clothing
- Dinner and drinks
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. Refresher courses tend to run when you enquire – so contact us! You just don’t resit the City and Guilds exam at the end of the day – unless you want too!
Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.
Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person
You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.
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.
Also due to the chainsaw head being so far from you it’s not always possible to control it easily.
You should be able to prune properly and not tear cuts. You should not over cut and therefore damage the branch collar bark, equally you should not leave stubs. In preparation we recommend you look at target pruning methods.
Yes, but because you have your chainsaw ticket you can bypass some of the maintenance. However, you will still have to work on the power unit. Demonstrate safe use of the pole pruner and pay close attention to detail on the pruning cuts.
No, it’s not recommended to use a pole pruner from a MEWP (mobile elevated work platform) because it can throw out the balance of the basket. Also, if you lose control of the pole saw it will fall from height potentially injuring someone but also damaging the machine.
It can be a bit awkward getting used to doing a pruning cut from so far away but with practice, you can do it. You just need to take your time and get as much practice as possible. It is not just about chopping it off, you need to take care and focus on caring for the tree long term.