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.

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.

WHAT CAN I PROGRESS 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. Please contact us for more details or to discuss your requirements.

HOW LONG IS THIS COURSE?

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 THIS 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. Please contact us for more details.