Forest Machine Operations: Forwarder

What Will Be Covered?

This course is aimed at those working in the forestry industry who need to prepare, drive and manouevre a forwarder and operate a grapple.

The course outlines current health and safety legislation and approved codes of practice (ACOPs); you will carry out pre- and post-start checks to ensure the correct operation of the machine and load, grade and separate wood products. Your instructor will discuss the implications of terrain, ground conditions, seasonal changes, weather and tree condition on planning access routes and driving the forwarder, as well as mentioning the capabilities and limitations of the loader when loading and unloading.

If you are only looking for an FMO assessment and do not require training, then we can help. Please see lower down the page for more information.

Are There Any Pre-Requisites?

What Can I Progress On To?

As you will have achieved the Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations (Base Machinery), with your required endorsements, you may progress to undertake training and assessment with other specific forest machinery such as the flail / mulcher, skidder, cable crane, and scarifier. Please contact us for more details or to discuss your requirements.

How Long Is The Course?

Course duration: 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.

Industry Best Practice

You may find the following FISA guide useful: