Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

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Short courses and CPD

We offer a range of short courses, from certified training for health and social care professionals, to craft and hobby courses, and accredited programmes that support technical skills. Disover the benefits of studying with ARU.

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Learn to operate and maintain brushcutters and trimmers for work in this one day City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award training and assessment programme.
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Our instructor will come to you to train you in using 180° and/or 360° tracked or wheeled excavators. This three-day course is Lantra Awards approved.

Hand Held Hedge Cutters (NPTC)

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Join our Level 2 Certificate of Competence course covering pre-use checks and maintenance of hand-held hedge cutters, identification of controls and instruments, and operation. This one-day course at ARU Writtle is NPTC City & Guilds approved.
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Writtle
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Learn how to maintain your garden machinery such as line trimmers, brushcutters, hedgecutters, blowers and rotary mowers in this one day course.

Horticultural Machine Operation

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn how to safely use and maintain garden machinery such as line trimmers, hedgecutters and rotary mowers in this one-day course at Writtle College.

Machinery Mechanics

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn more about the routine maintenance and repair of machines, tractors and equipment used in grounds care and associated industries. Study for one day per week over 15 weeks, at Writtle College.
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Writtle
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Learn to work from a MEWP in this one day integrated training and assessment programme, which is NPTC City & Guilds approved.

Pedestrian Mowers (NPTC)

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn more about preparing and operating a pedestrian mower. Our one-day, accredited course at Writtle College is designed for experienced operators.

Ride on Mowers (NPTC)

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn more about preparing and operating a ride-on mower. Our accredited, one-day course at Writtle College is designed for experienced operators.
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Writtle
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Learn to use a pallet and bulk group 3 lift truck for lifting and loading weights and stillages with this two-day Lantra Awards approved course.
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Writtle
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Short course
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Join our one-day course at Writtle College, for experienced tractor drivers who wish to use an arm mounted flail cutter. Our course is accredited by Lantra Awards and includes an assessment.
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Explore the safe use, basic maintenance and efficient handling of the front end loader, with our accredited one-day course. We come to your location.
Study in:
Writtle
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Short course
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Learn more about the safe use and maintenance of tractors. Our two-day training and assessment course at Writtle College is accredited by Lantra Awards.
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Writtle
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Refresh and update your knowledge of tractor use and maintenance. Our one-day course at Writtle College is accredited by Lantra Awards.
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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn more about the safe use, control and maintenance of tractors and their implements with our NPTC accredited two-day training course.

Tractor Driving Experience Day

CPD and short courses

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Writtle
Available as:
Short course
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Have fun driving a range of tractors on Writtle College's countryside campus. Our Experience Day is the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions.
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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn to drive a tractor and trailer in this one day course, which is suitable for complete novices and anyone assisting with harvest.
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Writtle
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Short course
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Learn the safe use and maintenance of tractor-mounted hedge and verge cutters with this one day, NPTC-accredited training and assessment programme.