Hand Held Hedge Cutters (NPTC)

CPD and short courses (short course)


1 day

Number of places:4


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.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who operates hand-held hedge cutters as part of their work in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture or forestry.


  • Monday 23 September 2024

The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 states 'It is an offence to intentionally or recklessly take, damage, destroy or interfere with a nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built'.

With this is mind we try to avoid running this course during the main nesting season, between March and August. An environmental risk assessment is completed before the course starts to ensure nests are not disturbed.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

At Writtle College, our courses blending classroom learning with hands-on experience in specialised fields such as sport, agriculture, horticulture, animal studies, equine studies, conservation and floristry.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 programmes are designed to prepare you for your future career or higher education pathways.

Study on our beautiful countryside campus, with dedicated resource centres and state-of-the-art facilities – and be a part of our supportive community.

Where can I study?

Writtle campus
Aerial view of farm building and fields at ARU Writtle

Our picturesque 150-hectare campus is situated in the heart of the Essex countryside.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Standard fee


Bookings for four people


Contact details

Short Courses team
[email protected]

Entry requirements

You should be familiar with, and use, hand held hedge cutters as part of your work in agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, arboriculture or forestry.

We're governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations and protective clothing and equipment must be used. We ask you to bring your own:

  • eye protection
  • safety glasses or goggles to EN16:1995
  • face shield or visor
  • ear defenders
  • gloves – adequate to protect hands against flying debris
  • steel toe capped boots or shoes
  • suitable clothing that offers full cover for arms and legs.

We also strongly recommend wearing a high-visibility vest.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

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