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Competence in Manually Fed Wood chippers NPTC Level 2 Certificate

Shuttleworth Arboriculture part-time


Competence in Manually Fed Wood Chippers NPTC Level 2 Certificate

The qualification is aimed at those who use wood chippers as part of their work, either in horticulture, arboriculture or forestry. This covers the use of manually fed wood chippers, covering pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments, operating the machine to chip material appropriate to the capacity of the machine, and hitching and unhitching of the machine. 

What you need to do: complete a practical test with one to one verbal questioning. 

Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements

You must be 16 years old or over to undertake this course.

As this is a short and very intense course, you must be able to proficiently prepare and operate machinery used during the training.

What qualification will I gain?

Competence in Manually Fed Wood Chippers NPTC Level 2 Certificate.

Course content

This course is designed for any person employed in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance who is or will be required to operate wood chippers.

What will I study?

Area covered

  • Know the health and safety requirements for operating a wood chipper
  • Be able to carry out a risk assessment on a site
  • Be able to prepare the equipment and site for wood chipping operations
  • Be able to operate a wood chipper
  • Carry out maintenance on a wood chipper
How will I be assessed?

The course is an integrated practical assessment where you are required to pass the five assessment activities covered by the formal teaching. You will also need to demonstrate a level of practical performance and explain under pinning knowledge.

Additional information

This course is trained and assessed on site at College, however we are able to offer training and assessment to groups within industry settings following assessment of the facilities. Please contact the business development team to discuss your requirements.

You will be offered the correct PPE for this course (with the exception of safety footwear, which must be supplied by the trainee/candidate). Robust outdoor clothing should be worn, ideally coveralls or a boiler suit.

Any other tools and equipment required will be listed on the joining instructions. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Any questions?

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To apply for this course, Please contact Alex Albert on 01767626215 or email

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 07/07/2023
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fees: £300.00 Fee notes: The fee indicated is for each year of the course.
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 09/11/2023
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £300.00
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 08/02/2024
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £300.00
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 09/05/2024
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £300.00

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Funding Information

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable. 

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Unemployed offer

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. To find out if you are eligible open our Part-time fee flow chart below or call our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.


Part-time Fee Flow Chart

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol on one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.