By the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • produce a site-specific risk assessment for hedge trimmer operations
  • identify the necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required
  • identify the health and safety features required on a hedge trimmer
  • identify defects on a hedge trimmer and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention correctly
  • carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the machine manufacturer’s information and/or this workbook
  • prepare the hedge trimmer for use with the correct fuel/oil mix
  • start the hedge trimmer from both hot and cold start in a safe manner
  • state the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • maintain the hedge trimmer in a safe and efficient working condition
  • adjust the hedge trimmer for safe and comfortable operation where a harness is used
  • operate the hedge trimmer in a safe manner, having regard for the safety of the public, property and environmental factors
  • organise the site and use a systematic method of working where possible.

The finer details

Our experienced instructors will teach you to use the hedge trimmer safely and with confidence. You'll be guided through all the health and safety requirements and understand the machine and its capabilities. You'll then tackle practical, hands-on sessions. It's an integrated training and assessment course, so you'll receive a certificate of competence once it's completed.

Course sessions:

  1. Prepare for hedge trimmer operations
  2. Additional maintenance of a hedge trimmer
  3. Operating the hedge trimmer
  4. Clearing the site and machine checks.