Lantra Awards Technical Award in Brushcutters/Trimmers - Maintenance and Operation

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Summary / introduction: 
Our Brushcutters/Trimmers integrated training and assessment course has experienced instructors who will make sure that you use the trimmer safely and with confidence, and that you understand the relevant regulations and safety requirements. Once you have successfully carried out this course you will receive a certificate of training for Brushcutters/Trimmers.
Target audience: 

Our two day novice training course is for anyone employed in the agriculture, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance industry that currently operates, or will be required to operate a brushcutter/trimmer. This course is physical so you must be fit and able to carry out the tasks required in the course programme. If you are inexperienced then you may require longer than the stated guide times to fully understand the information and training provided.


Brushcutters/trimmers are capable of good work rates in awkward terrain/situations, but they also have the potential of being one of the most dangerous machines. All operators must be aware of the need for correct protective clothing, correct maintenance and the observance of safe operating procedures. Environmental factors must also be observed in the modern day working environment. This course gives the reasons for the safety considerations, guidance on how best to maintain a safe working environment, and an understanding of the ways to optimise work rate.

Product objectives: 

Upon completing the Lantra Awards Brushcutters/ Trimmers Maintenance and Operations (Refresher) training course you will be able to:

  • Produce a site specific Risk Assessment for trimmer and brushcutter operations. Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required
  • Identify the health and safety features required on a trimmer and brushcutter
  • Identify defects on a trimmer / brushcutter and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention
  • Carry out correctly all routine maintenance in accordance with the machine manufacturer’s instruction book and /or this workbook
  • Prepare the trimmer / brushcutter for use with the correct fuel/oil mix
  • Start the trimmer / brushcutter from both hot and cold start in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting checks
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • Maintain the trimmer / brushcutter and cutting heads in a safe and efficient working condition
  • Adjust the trimmer / brushcutter for safe and comfortable operation
  • Select the correct cutting head for the relevant operating conditions
  • Operate the trimmer / brushcutter in a safe manner having regard for the safety of the public, property and environmental factors
  • Organise site and use a systematic method of working where possible

Course sessions:

  • Prepare for Trimmer and Brushcutter operations
  • Maintaining the Trimmer/Brushcutter
  • Engine maintenance 
  • Operating the Trimmer/Brushcutter.
Course / product type: 
Integrated Training & Assessment
Assessment type: 
Internal assessment and external verification
Course / product delivery: 
Theory and practical based
2 Days
Min number of learners: 
Max number of learners: 
Horticulture, Landscape & Sports Turf
Brushcutters, Trimmers and Clearing Saws