Brushcutters and Trimmers (NPTC) 001421

About the Course

This level 2 award in the safe use of brushcutters and trimmers is a one day training and assessment programme covering pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments, safe use of machines with interchangeable heads; steel blade and nylon line.

The training is aimed at individuals who operate brushcutters and trimmers as part of their work, either in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance.

To achieve this qualification candidates must successfully achieve a practical assessment with oral questioning by an NPTC City & Guilds approved assessor.

Entry Requirements

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations therefore participants will not be allowed to start the course without wearing steel toe capped boots or shoes, gloves and suitable protective clothing which provides full cover for arms and legs. We strongly recommend also wearing a high visibility vest and bringing note taking equipment.

Participants are required to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment as listed below:

  • Brushcutter face shield to EN166 and hearing protection to EN352
  • Safety glasses to EN166
  • Safety helmet to EN397 for protection against falling objects and overhead obstructions, incorporating ear protection to EN352. Under a mesh visor as face protection, safety glasses to EN166 must be worn as eye protection
  • Gloves - adequate to protect hands against flying debris
By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Useful Information

Writtle University College has several machines such as Stilh FS400 and Husqvarna HU345. Participants are encouraged to bring their own machine in “as used” condition along with operator manual and any spares eg air filters, blades, etc. We can then work on a “real” situation and do some routine servicing.

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:4

Course Dates

Tuesday 13 September 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

£275 per person (No places remaining)

Wednesday 5 October 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

£275 per person (3 places available)


For group bookings please contact Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286


City & Guilds NPTC
NPTC integrated training and assessment can be arranged for groups of up to 4 participants.
Individual NPTC assessment can also be arranged, please contact us for details.