Hand Held Hedge Cutters (NPTC) 001434

About the Course

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 states "It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly take, damage, destroy or interfere with a nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built."

With this is mind we try to avoid running these courses during the main nesting season; between March and August. An environmental risk assessment is completed prior to the course ensuring nests are not disturbed.

This Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Handheld Hedge Cutters is a one day training and assessment programme covering pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments, and operating the machine.

The training is aimed at individuals who operate handheld hedge cutters as part of their work, either in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture or forestry.

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 candidates 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.

Candidates are required to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment as listed below:
  • Eye protection, safety glasses or goggles to EN16:1995
  • Face Shield or Visor
  • Ear Defenders
  • 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

Candidates may prefer, for their own comfort and safety to bring their own machine in “as used” condition along with operator manual and any spares, e.g. 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.

Tea and coffee making facilities are available, please bring a packed lunch and any other refreshments.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:4

Course Dates

Monday 25 March 2024 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

£275 per person (2 places available)


For group bookings please contact Short Courses 01245 424286