East Malling Short Courses

Safe Use of Brushcutters/Trimmers


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Cost: £425
Duration: 2 Days
Certification: Level 2 City & Guilds NPTC or LANTRA
Assessment Type: NPTC or LANTRA integrated assessment.
(The cost of the assessment is included in the cost of the course)
Course Prerequisites: See below

This 1 or 2 day course will show you how to use a brushcutters/ trimmer safely and efficiently.

*Please note a 1 day for experienced operators is also available, contact us for a price,

Upon completing the Lantra Awards or NPTC Brushcutters/ Trimmers Maintenance and Operations training course you will be able to:

  • State and comply with safety and legal requirements of a brushcutter/trimmer, with an emphasis on safe practices, warning signs and guards.
  • State and identify the correct protective clothing to wear and the standards required.
  • Perform routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s handbook.
  • Identify faults and defects on a brushcutter/trimmer and decide which the operator can easily remedy, and which should be referred to a specialist engineer.
  • Identify which cutting head to select for the relevant operating conditions.
  • Carry out fuel mixing correctly and be able to start the brushcutter/trimmer from both a hot and a cold condition in a safe manner.
  • Operate the brushcutter/trimmer in a safe manner having regard for the safety of themselves, the public, property and environmental factors.
  • Plan systematic working operations.
    Use the manufacturer’s instruction book and parts list.


You need to be 18 years or older to take this course with us.

Required equipment:

  • Brush cutter in good condition with cutting adaptor bolts
  • all guards and interchangeable heads
  • manufacturer’s instruction book
  • manufacturer’s tool kit
  • two stroke fuel mixed to manufacturer’s recommendations in an approved container
  • clean filter funnel
  • cleaning cloths

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

  • eye and full-face Perspex and mesh protective visor, googles for use with the mesh visor
  • ear defenders
  • working gloves, adequate to protect hands against flying debris
  • working trousers, adequate to protect legs against flying debris
  • high visibility jacket if possible
  • safety boots with steel toecaps.

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