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Safe use of Stump Grinders City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award

Shuttleworth arboriculture part-time


Safe use of Stump Grinders City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award

This course covers the safe operation of stump grinders within a working environment, operator maintenance and pre-work checks and adjustments. You will be able to organise of work areas for safe operation and conversion to transport position. Industry legislation and best practice for preparation will also be covered.

Upon successful completion of this course candidates will receive a City and Guilds Level 2 Certificate in the safe use of stump grinders. This qualification is issued for life, however NPTC recommends that refresher training is carried out every three to four years.

As well as being held at the college, this course can be delivered on your own site, using your own equipment ensuring your employees are trained in the environment they are most familiar with and at a time that best suits you (please contact admissions to discuss your requirements).

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

Available Courses
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 08/03/2022
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Tuesday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Fees: £258.00
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 23/06/2022
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 1 week
Fees: £258.00
Shuttleworth College
Starts: 08/10/2021
Type: Part Time
Day(s): Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
Length: 1 week

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Course information

Entry requirements

There are no other formal entry requirements for this qualification however candidates are strongly advised to ensure that they are up to the standards that will be expected of them when they are assessed. Candidates will be required to supply their own personal protective equipment which should consist of:

  • Forestry helmet
  • Trousers with safety padding
  • Steel toe capped Boots
Course content

What you will study:

  • Produce a site specific risk assessment for stump grinding operations
  • State the principles of HSE legislation and safety guidelines for using a stump grinder
  • Select the appropriate PPE and state the maintenance requirements
  • Carry out operator checks and identify the safety features of a stump grinder
  • Carry out routine operator maintenance
  • Inspect and identify defects on the grinding mechanism. Prepare machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop machine
  • Prepare a work area and a range of stumps for grinding and identify hazardous materials not to be ground
  • Use approved techniques for safe and efficient stump grinding of a range of stump sizes. State the procedure for removing blockages
  • Prepare machine for transport and storage.

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:

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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.