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Enrol for this course

This course is essential for anyone who uses abrasive wheel machines in a professional capacity (as part of their normal duties). For example, a landscaper.

What will I study?

You will study the underpinning knowledge essential for correctly maintaining an abrasive wheel machine and receive tuition in how to maintain and safely operate an abrasive wheel machine.

What is covered?

The following areas are covered during the course in two units:

Unit 1 Select, Inspect and Fit Abrasive Wheels

  • Knowledge of legal and safety requirements
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Risk Assessment
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the potential risks when operating
  • Select suitable abrasive wheels for the type of machine and material
  • Carry out inspection of the machine and demonstrate knowledge of what to do if a wheel is faulty
  • Carry out a detailed inspection of the mounting system, identify faults and take appropriate action
  • Fit an abrasive wheel to the machine
  • Carry out safety checks and adjustments with wheel fitted
  • Carry out maintenance operations as specified in manufacturers handbook

Unit 2 Operate Abrasive Wheel Machines

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the decals
  • Carry out pre-start checks on the machine
  • Test start the machine (+ fuel safety)
  • Check area for hazards
  • Use the machine for a specified task
  • Clean the machine and prepare for storage
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the need to inspect the machine after use

Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment items in both units. 

The Certificate will be endorsed with the type of machine that was used in the assessment. 


1) “Bench Mounted” 


2) “Portable Hand Held” 

Plus Either a) “Electric” or b) “Compressed Air” or c) “Engine” driven 

Please note: We only offer training in portable handheld machines either electric or engine driven. The majority of clients come to us for machines that are used in a hard landscaping context e.g. Disc Cutters. Please discuss your requirements with us before booking a course.

How is it delivered and assessed?

This qualification is examined by an Independent City & Guilds NPTC Assessor after training has been completed at a mutually convenient date. In most instances (subject to Assessor availability) we can arrange assessment directly after training. Assessment can take 1.5 - 3.0 hours and will always be at the venue at which you trained.

What qualification will I get?

You will receive a City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Operation of Abrasive Wheel Machines and endorsed with the machine used for assessment. Note this is issued directly by City & Guilds NPTC.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

Training is £150.00 per candidate, registration through CEPT is £ 27.00 and certification with City & Guilds NPTC is £35.00, assessment by a City & Guilds Independent Assessor is £72.00 total payable £284.00 (No VAT)

Courses will take place our Ryton Centre. However, if you would like this course delivered at your own site please contact us, we would be pleased to discuss viability and cost. please contact Tony Davies by email.

What is the enrolment process?

To book your place on a course, click on the green 'Enrol on this Course' button above; but if you would like this course delivered in the workplace, please contact Tony Davies by email:

What else do I need to know?

 We have a very high success rate in preparing candidates for assessment, to date we have achieved 100% success!

Please note we supply trainees with all items of PPE for this course (with the exception of safety footwear, which must be supplied by the trainee/candidate).

What can I do after completing this course?

You can go on to undertake training in a variety of Certificates of Competence applicable to your role. For example:

If you work as a garden maintenance operative (gardener), the following might be useful:

  • Manual handling
  • Safe application of pesticides (Pa1)
  • Handheld applicators (Pa6)
  • Occasional chainsaw user
  • Brush cutter/strimmer
  • Handheld hedge trimmer
  • Pedestrian mower
  • Leaf blower/vacuum
  • Amenity shredder
  • Ride on mowers
  • Compact tractors

If you work as a landscaper, the following might be useful:

  • Manual handling
  • Safe application of pesticides (Pa1)
  • Handheld applicators (Pa6)
  • Occasional chainsaw user
  • Brush cutter/strimmer
  • Plant machinery360 degree excavator
  • Dumper
  • Abrasive wheel machine