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Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Hand-held Hedge Cutters (NPTC 0014-34)

The qualification is aimed at those who use hand-held hedge cutters as part of their work, either in horticulture, arboriculture or forestry.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Agriculture
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 1
Hours: 7.00
Start: Flexible
Tuition: £170
Exam: £80
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

This course is aimed at individuals who operate hand-held hedge cutters as part of their work, either in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture or forestry. It will provide them with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to prepare and operate a hand-held hedge cutter safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation.

All candidates must be over the age of 16. 

Safe use of hand-held hedge cutters, covering pre-use checks and maintenance, identification of controls and instruments, and operating the machine to cut hedges to the capacity of the machine.

Learning will be delivered on-site at Broomfield Hall.

You will be required to supply your own:

  • Steel toe-capped boots
  • Writing materials
  • Lunch (there will be facilities available on-site if you wish to purchase your lunch here)

Candidates will complete a practical test with one-to-one verbal questioning on the same day as the training.

DCG offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Agriculture and a wide variety of other land-based topics – please see the DCG part-time prospectus for a full list and details.

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Course Information Last Updated On: December 1, 2023 3:56 pm