Forest Machine Operations: Base Machinery

What Will Be Covered?

The City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations (Base Machine) is aimed at those working in the forestry industry who need to prepare, drive and manouevre forest machinery. This course is a pre-requisite to the Forest Machinery Operations (FMO) suite of courses, such as the forwarder, skidder, cable crane, flail/mulcher and scarifier.

The course enables you to work safely, complete pre- and post-start checks, prepare and drive the machine, and demonstrate an understanding of the relevant health and safety legislation.

We can also organise just the FMO assessment if you require - please see lower down the page for more information.

Are There Any Pre-Requisites?

You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the training and assessment; there are no other pre-requisites. However, it would be strongly recommended that you have some experience of the base machine before the course but this is not required.

What Can I Progress On To?

There are various options open to you, even within this 'base machine' qualification as there are several endorsements that you can achieve. You may only attempt two endorsements per registration; the available endorsements are:

  • Endorsement 001: Under 2.5 tonne Tracked
  • Endorsement 002: Over 2.5 tonne Tracked
  • Endorsement 003: Under 2.5 tonne Wheeled Articulated
  • Endorsement 004: Over 2.5 tonne Wheeled Articulated
  • Endorsement 005: Under 2.5 tonne Wheeled Rigid
  • Endorsement 006: Over 2.5 tonne Wheeled Rigid

Once you have achieved the Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations (Base Machine), with your required endorsements, you may progress to undertake training and assessment with specific forest machinery such as the forwarder, skidder, cable crane, flail/mulcher and scarifier.

However, you may want to consider combining the base machine with the type of operation; for example, we can also offer training and assessment in base machine with forwarder as one course rather than separate courses. We can also arrange just for the assessment if desired. Please contact us or give us a ring on 01189 762901 for more details or to discuss your requirements.

How Long Is The Course?

The course duration is 1 week, but this can be tailored based on the experience of the driver. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and availability of training / assessment.

Where Is The Course Held?

Many of our courses are based at our workshops at Arborfield, near Reading; but this course can be delivered across the UK, at your own site, if needed. However, we can arrange for training / assessment across the South of England. Please contact us for more details.

I Only Need An Assessment...

Whilst we can deliver training, we are increasingly finding that many people only want the assessment as they are already using the equipment on a regular basis. We can organise FMO assessment-only dates for you. Please call us for more information - you don't need to come to us as we can arrange for an assessor to visit your site.

There are also various options to make life easier (and a bit cheaper too), as we can combine units; this means that instead of paying for separate registrations for a base unit, a forwarder and a skidder, we can combine the base unit with the forwarder, and keep the skidder as a separate registration.

The best bet is to just give us a ring on 01189 762901 and we can take you through the options - no obligations.

You can download the qualification guidance, against which you will be assessed, from the City & Guilds NPTC website... Qualification Guidance FMO Base Unit.

Industry Best Practice

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