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On this 1 day, hands-on course, learn how to operate a woodchipper safely and confidently. A mix of theory and practical, you will learn all the key health and safety issues as well as learning to use the machine, including chipping and removing blockages.

This is an integrated training and assessment (ITA) course and you will receive a certificate of training on successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Produce a site specific risk assessment for wood chipping operations
  • State the principles of HSE legislation and safety guidelines for using a woodchipper
  • Select the appropriate PPE and state the maintenance requirements
  • Carry out operator checks and identify the safety features of a woodchipper
  • Carry out routine operator maintenance
  • Inspect and identify defects on the blades
  • Prepare machine prior to operation, start the machine, carry out safety checks and stop the machine
  • Prepare a work area and a range of materials for chipping and identify hazardous materials not to be chipped
  • Use approved techniques to chip woody brash and both short and long sections of timber safely and effectively
  • State the procedure for removing blockages
  • State the safety and environmental factors associated with the disposal of woodchips and the various end uses of woodchips
  • Prepare machine for transport and storage

NB: The use of the manufacturer’s instruction book is stressed at all times to ensure maintenance and adjustments are carried out to manufacturers’ recommendations.

Who is the course for?

Any person employed in arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping and grounds maintenance who is or will be required to operate woodchippers. Inexperienced learners may require longer than the stated guide times to fully utilise the information supplied.


City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use of Manually Fed Woodchipper Qual 2057 – Integrated Assessment, or

Lantra Awards Integrated Training and Assessment (ITA) Certificate


1 day – theory and practical session

Course Content

  • Introduction
  • Risk Assessment
  • Legislation
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Pre-use checks
  • Safety Features
  • Routine checks and maintenance
  • Cutter and anvil checks
  • Start machine and carry out safety checks
  • Preparation of site, machine and materials
  • Operation of woodchipper
  • Unblocking woodchipper
  • End uses of woodchip
  • Cleaning, transport and storage

Equipment Required

  • Woodchipper complying with safety regulations as per AFAG
  • Safety Guide 604
  • Operator’s instruction books and service manuals for all machinery
  • Notebook and pencil
  • Safety Helmet
  • Ear defenders
  • Visor or Safety goggles
  • Gloves with close fitting cuffs
  • Safety boots
  • Hi-viz clothing
  • Fuel in appropriate container for own machine
  • Tool kit for own machine


1 day training and assessment – £450 + VAT (for up to 4 learners)

Additional fees:

£40 + VAT per person – Lantra Awards Certification (4 people max)

£70 + VAT per person – City & Guilds NPTC Certification

£190 + VAT – price per person joining a course

Cancellation Policy

Newlands Training Ltd have the following cancellation policy:

  • 7 working days notice, full fee refund, less administration charge of £25.00
  • 3-7 working days notice, 50% fee refund
  • 1-3 working days notice, 25% fee refund
  • Less than 1 days notice, no refund

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