NPTC Level 2 Award

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Selection of cutting heads and operation techniques for brushcutter and trimmers. This course is aimed at those working in forestry, aboriculture, countryside and ground maintenance sectors.

Course outline

  • Risk assessments
  • Health and safety
  • Pre-checks
  • PPE selection
  • Maintenance
  • Pre-cut tests
  • Operating techniques
  • Storage

Equipment required

  • Please bring with you:
  • a notepad, pen,
  • flask and a packed lunch.
  • Steel Toe Capped Boots,
  • Tough non-snag work clothing i.e. overalls,
  • Ear defenders (as part of a Forestry helmet is acceptable),
  • Gloves with protection to the back of the hand i.e. rigger type,
  • Polycarbonate visor or safety glasses / goggles behind a mesh.

Course reference: FOP018

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course.

Dates & Location:

Plumpton College

20th September 2018

15th October 2018

29th November 2018 

Time: 09:00-17:00

Flimwell Campus



1 day plus an assessment day


£150 plus a £116 mandatory exam fee


We’re pretty proud of our facilities here at Plumpton. In fact in the land-based sector, we’ve got some of the leading college facilities in the UK – the perfect natural location for our forestry and arboriculture courses for you to develop your skills.

  • Discover the latest equipment for your course

You’ll work on various equipment such as tractors, a WoodMizer saw mill plus a range of wood chippers.

  • Extensive grounds for you to develop your skills

You’ll need to be able to work in a variety of locations, build your knowledge by discovering our farmed land, hedgerows and streams.

  • Experience our fantastic modern facilities

Our superb site at Flimwell features our working commercial woodland plus modern workshop – an ideal base for your studies 

  • Benefit from our excellent local connections

You’ll be able to gain practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector thanks to our links with local land owners and estates.

Future Opportunities

NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Handheld Hedgecutters 

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