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Safe Use of Hand Held Hedge Cutters NPTC Level 2 Award

Shuttleworth College


Safe Use of Hand Held Hedge Cutters NPTC Level 2 Award

This course is essential for anyone who uses a handheld hedge trimmer in a professional capacity (as part of their normal duties). For example, a grounds maintenance operative or gardener.


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For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team by clicking here.


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 hand held machinery used during the training.

Course content

Area covered:

You will study the underpinning knowledge essential for correctly maintaining and safely operating a handheld hedge trimmer and receive tuition in how to maintain and safely operate a handheld hedge trimmer.

The following areas are covered during the course:

  • Know how to carry out a risk assessment
  • Know the health and safety legislation that underpins hand held hedge trimmer operations
  • Know the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hand held hedge trimmer operations
  • Know the health and safety features of the equipment being used
  • Know that there are different types of hedge trimmer
  • Understand hedge types and growth habits
  • Know how to maintain the hedge trimmer
  • Know how to prepare work area
  • Know how to operate a hedge trimmer
  • Know how to clean, store and transport equipment safely and appropriately

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Handheld Hedge Cutters.

Assessment methods

This qualification can be examined by the trainer who delivered the training. Training on day one and assessment on another date (usually the following day). Assessment can take 1.5 – 3.00 hours and will be at the venue at which you trained.

There is an option for this course to be trained in the workplace, please contact our business development team to discuss.

Additional information

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: 26/04/2023
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Wednesday
Time(s): 8:30am - 4:30pm
Fees: £275.00

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.

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.