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Safe Use of Brush cutters & Strimmers NPTC Level 2 Award

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Safe Use of Brush cutters & Strimmers NPTC Level 2 Award

This course is essential for anyone who uses a brushcutter/trimmer in a professional capacity (as part of their normal duties). For example, a grounds maintenance operative or gardener. The course develops practical and theory understanding for how to carry out pre-start checks and maintenance. Selection of cutting heads and operation techniques for brushcutters and trimmers.

Course information

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 operate powered horticultural machinery used during the training.

Course content

Areas covered:

The following areas are covered during the course:

  • Know how to carry out a risk assessment
  • Know the health and safety legislation that underpins trimmer and brushcutter operations
  • Know the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for trimmer and brushcutter operations
  • Know the health and safety features of the equipment being used
  • Know how to maintain the trimmer / brushcutter
  • Know how to operate a trimmer / brushcutter
  • Understand different operating techniques
  • Know how to store equipment safely and appropriately


There are two ‘endorsements’ for this qualification:

  • 001 Trimmer
  • 002 Brushcutter

City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of brush-cutters and trimmers.

Assessment methods

This qualification can be examined by the Trainer who delivered the training. Small groups can be trained and assessed in one day, larger groups trained on day one and assessed on another date. Assessment can take 1.5 – 3.00 hours and will always be at the venue at which you trained.

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.

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 19/01/2023
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Fees: £249.00
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 06/02/2023
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Monday
Time(s): 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Fees: £249.00
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 10/03/2023
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): 8:30am - 4:30pm
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Fees: £249.00

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.

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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


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.