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Short Course (Ryton) - Garden Machinery 3-day Course - RHS option

Course dates at North MoretonTimePlacesPrice
13th July 202209.30am6£374.40
Course dates at RytonTimePlacesPrice
14th February 202209.30am4£374.40
4th July 202209.30am6£374.40

Enrol for this course

This course is aimed at amateur gardeners who want to know how to correctly maintain and safely operate a range of garden machinery. It offers an RHS unit accreditation at successful completion.

What will I study?

Garden machinery and equipment can be dangerous if not properly maintained and correctly operated. This course is aimed at amateur gardeners who want to know how to correctly maintain and safely operate a range of garden machinery.

It covers the following types of garden machinery and equipment:

1. Rotary mower 

2. Cylinder mower

3. Hedgecutter

4. Brushcutter / Strimmer


What is covered?

In this course the following aspects will be covered:

Pre-use safety - Legislation, pre-use safety, risk assessment, Personal Protective Equipment, pre-start checks, fuel safety, identification and function of the controls, safety decals and their meaning.

Operation -  pre-use checks, pre-use adjustments, test starting, safe and efficient operation of the piece of equipment.

Post operation - leaving the site clean and tidy, inspecting the machine after use, routine maintenance operations, safe storage.


How is it delivered and assessed?

Course dates:   

6, 7, 8 July 2020;   

1, 2, 3 February 2021

12, 13, 14 July 2021

The course involves some classroom elements on the way the machines work and on basic safety principles, but most of the course is practical demonstration and discussion with the instructor.  To complete the course successfully you will need to demonstrate your competence to the instructor.

Candidates will be registered and assessed against the Royal Horticultural  Society Qualification - Safe Operation of Powered Garden Machinery, which will involve practical assessment and the completion of a short written proforma.   Please make sure you select the appropriate course option from the list if you wish to be registered for this.

What qualification will I get?

 You will be registered for and assessed against the Royal Horticultural Society Qualification - Safe Operation of Powered Garden Machinery; if successful you be awarded a unit accreditation from the RHS  which you can download and print off.

What is the cost and venue(s)?

This programme consists of 3 consecutive days at our Ryton Centre, 9.30 - 15.30 each day.

Cost is £295.00 plus RHS registration fee of £17.00, sub total, £312.00 plus  V.A.T. at £62.40 for the complete course, total payable £374.40.

What is the enrolment process?

 Click on the green 'Enrol for a course' button above and complete an enrolment form on line; please, ensure you provide ALL of the .details requested.  Payment is through the website using a credit/debit card or PayPal.

What else do I need to know?

This is predominantly a practical course with some theory underpinning knowledge, therefore you need to wear comfortable casual clothing which should include safety footwear. It is also advisable to be prepared for inclement weather by brining waterproof clothing. All necessary Personal Protective Equipment/clothing will be provided.

What can I do after completing this course?

You would be welcome to attend any of the short course or masterclasses that we offer, or perhaps (if not already studying one of them) one of the Royal Horticultural Society Courses at one of our centres. Alternatively you may like to gain a professional qualification by attending a City & Guilds NPTC Certificate of Competence Course, see below.