Forest Machine Operations: Felling & Processing

What Will Be Covered?

This course is aimed at those working in the forestry industry who need to prepare, drive and manouevre a tree processing unit.

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 safety of the operator. Your instructor will discuss with you the implications of terrain, ground conditions, seasonal changes, weather and tree condition on planning access routes and driving the unit, as well as describing how to select size and species, how to process trees, and how to measure log length to ensure it meets the job specification.

Please see further down the page if you only require the FMO assessment.

Are There Any Pre-Requisites?

What Can I Progress On To?

This qualification is not a pre-requisite for other courses, but you may want to consider other training within the suite of FMO (forest machine operations) qualifications, such as forwarder, skidder, cable crane, flail/mulcher, or scarifier.

How Long Is The Course?

1 week, but this can be tailored based on the experience of the driver. Please contact us to discuss your requirements (line skidder / grapple) and availability of training / assessment.

Where Is The Course Held?

Many of our courses are basedon the grounds of BCA College (SL6 6QR); but this course is usually at your own site. 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 0162 882 7317 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...

Industry Best Practice

You may find the following FISA guide useful: