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City & Guilds NPTC Award in the Safe Use of Handheld Hedge Cutters


This course is suitable for candidates working with hand held hedge trimmers who wish to update their skills and / or satisfy H and S legislation regarding the safe use of hand held hedge trimmers at work.  The training leads to candidates taking their NPTC assessments on a further date. 

Course Content:

  • Know how to carry out a risk assessment
  • Know the heath & safety legislation that underpins hand held hedge trimmer operations
  • Know the appropriate PPE required for hand held hedge trimmer operations
  • Know the health & safety features of the equipment being used
  • Understand hedge types and growth habits
  • Know how to prepare a work area
  • Know how to operate a hedge trimmer
  • Know how to clean, store and transport equipment safely and appropriately

The assessment is in 2 parts:

  • Pre-use safety 
  • Operate hand held powered hedge trimmers

This course can also be delivered for Tractor Mounted Hedge Trimmers and Tractor Mounted Verge Mowers.

Newton Rigg College,
CA11 0AH
01768 893400