SRUC

For poultry courses:

Please email Vicky Sandilands at vicky.sandilands@sruc.ac.uk for booking and for any questions.

For all other courses:

Please email Samantha Bain at oatridgetraining@sruc.ac.uk or call at 01506 534 520 for booking and for any questions.

If you are interested in any courses not listed below please contact Vicky or Samantha and they will look into your request.

ATV (Quad Bike) – Sit-in and Sit-Astride

This ATV training course is designed for those who are required to ride a quad bike or an ATV as part of their regular duties. It is suitable for users in a range of industries and working environments such as agriculture, forestry, golf courses, leisure complexes, parks and gardens, outdoor shows and events. The course can be delivered for either new or experienced operators. The new operator course is designed for people who have very little or no experience of operating this type of equipment.

Duration: one or two days, depending on experience. 9am-4:30pm
Cost: one day £190, two days £310

Rough Terrain Telescopic Lift Trucks

Rough terrain telescopic lift trucks provide greater ground clearance than standard lift trucks and are used on uneven ground, commonly within the land-based industry. They have a similar appearance and function to forklift trucks, but due to their upwards and forwards reach abilities they are much more versatile.

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, to undertake experienced operator or refresher training you must be able to show formal training and certification or relevant experience.

Duration: between two and five days depending on experience. 9am-4:30pm
Cost: two days £370, three days £525, five days £840

Pesticide Training

SRUC offers a range of pesticide training courses leading to City & Guilds NPTC Certificate of Competence assessments for sprayer operators. These courses are relevant if you spray or store chemicals as part of your job role and are suitable across a wide range of land-based industries.

Our most popular courses are commonly referred to as PA1, PA6 and PA2.

PA1

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA1 (Foundation) test.

This course is the foundation module for pesticide application. In order to spray pesticide products, an individual must also hold an application module (such as a PA6 or PA2 qualification) in addition to the PA1. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day
Cost: £185

PA2

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA2 (Mounted Crop Sprayers) test. The course is aimed at those intending to apply pesticides or currently spraying pesticides using a tractor mounted boom sprayer or a weed wiper from an ATV.

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA2.

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day
Cost: £355

PA6

This course is suitable for those working in forestry, agriculture, horticulture or greenkeeping where spraying pesticide is required. It is designed to help you prepare for the National Proficiency Test Council PA6 (Handheld Applicators) test.

Candidates must pass their PA1 assessment prior to completing testing for PA6

Duration: one day, with attendance required to sit the test on another day
Cost: £285


Chainsaw Crosscutting and Maintenance

This training course covers chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and stacking techniques tailored to the your needs. It is delivered by qualified instructors and leads to Lantra Awards certification. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: two days. 9am-4:30pm
Cost: £305


Chainsaw Maintenance, Crosscutting and Felling Small Trees up to 380mm

This course covers chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and stacking techniques, tailored to your needs. Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm covers the directional felling of trees using a chainsaw. The felling technique is appropriate to tree size, weight, condition and species, as well as taking into account guide bar size and weather conditions. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: five days plus assessment. 9am-4:30pm
Cost: £925

Brushcutter and Trimmer Operation

This course is designed for anyone who operates a Brushcutter or Trimmer in the course of their employment. It covers the control of unwanted vegetation, ranging from grass and weeds to shrubs and small trees. It is delivered by one of our qualified staff and involves training and assessment. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: two days. 9am-4:30pm
Cost: £285


Emergency First Aid at Work

In this training and assessment course you’ll learn the key techniques to administer first aid. At the end of the course, you will receive a Lantra certificate of competence in Emergency First Aid at Work and a Skills Identity Card.

Duration: one day. 9am-4pm
Cost: £105

+F First Aid

Candidates can sit a one-day Emergency First Aid at Work +F if required. This builds on the Emergency First Aid at Work course by concentrating on the special skills which relate to forestry. Our course has been developed to comply with Forestry and Land Scotland Policy and in consultation with Forestry Industry Safety Accord (FISA).

Duration: one day. 9am-5pm
Cost: £105


Animal Transportation Short Journey

This assessment allows you to apply for a Certificate of Competence required for people involved in the movement of animals over 65km (40 miles) and less than eight hours in duration. The Certificate is endorsed against one or more categories (sheep, cattle, pigs, horses, goats...), and meets the EU Regulation and Welfare of Animals (Transport) (Scotland) Order 2006.

The assessment takes place on a computer, and you are required to answer 27 multiple choice questions. The minimum satisfactory score to pass is 21 marks. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Duration: one hour. Flexible starting time
Cost: £95

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