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NPORS Strimmer – Brush Cutter Training – N605

brushcutter training

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment; On-site Experience Worker Test (EWT) assessment only

Novice training course duration:

1-2 days dependant on any previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:



Petrol Driven Strimmer
Electrically Powered Strimmer
Petrol Driven Brush Cutter

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:



If required e.g., Nylon cutting head, blade cutting head


Bertie Tupper & Tuppco instructors

What is a strimmer / brush cutter?

A grass trimmer, or strimmer, is a useful tool for keeping your garden’s greenery tidy. Attachments including nylon line turn at an incredibly fast speed. This makes them strong enough to make light work of grass, weeds, and plants, without the risk of damage to driveways, fences and sheds. This will be covered in the TUPPCO NPORS Strimmer – Brush Cutter Training – N605

What does the NPORS Strimmer – Brush Cutter training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator
  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions
  • Be able to locate and identify key controls and explain their functions
  • Conduct set up zones
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Select suitable type of machine relative to the work being undertaken
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for strimmer – brush cutter use
  • Prepare the strimmer – brush cutter for use
  • Conduct all necessary safety checks at the work area and set up exclusion zone
  • Operate machinery safely and efficiently
  • Environmental considerations
  • Storage and transport of strimmer – brush cutter
  • Disposal of cut materials
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate equipment
  • Vegetation to cut
  • Suitable area to complete maintenance tasks
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Brush cutter – strimmer
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

Pre use and operational checks

Set up safe working area

Demonstrate safe and efficient working

Where are TUPPCO NPORS Strimmer – Brush Cutter on-site training courses delivered?

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil


Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,

Known as:

Strimmer, brush cutter, weed wacker,


Stihl, Husqvarna,


Cutting down vegetation

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