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SRUC Training Courses: Brushcutter and Trimmer Operations (Lantra Awards)


This training course is designed for anyone who operates a Brushcutter or Trimmer in the course of their employment. It is designed to cover the control of unwanted vegetation ranging from grass/weeds to shrubs/small trees.

What is Involved?

Safety and risk assessment
HSE legislation
Protective clothing
Components and maintenance
Practical maintenance
Fuelling and starting
Testing the safety features
Checking balance of the brushcutter/trimmer
Safe operation

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

Lantra Awards Certificate

What you will need to bring

Brushcutter and Trimmer
Appropriate PPE including:
A safety helmet (complying with EN 397).
Hearing protection (complying with EN 352).
Eye protection (a mesh visor complying with EN 1731 or safety glasses/visor to EN 166).
Suitable protective gloves when handling the equipment and for protection from thorns, brambles and harmful weeds.
Protective boots with good grip and ankle support (complying with EN 345-1).
Non-snag outer clothing appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions. The use of high-visibility clothing may also be appropriate.
Hand-cleaning material such as waterless skin cleanser or soap, water and paper towels should be readily available.
Each person should carry a personal first-aid kit including a large wound dressing
Use a harness for supporting the machine which must be fitted and adjusted correctly – see the manufacturer’s handbook

Course Dates

Course dates are scheduled on demand, please contact your local Campus to express your interest.

SRUC Oatridge campus:
13th November (this is the 1 day experienced operator.)

16 & 17 November (2 day novice or experienced)


1 or 2 days depending on experience

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On Customer Premises;
SRUC Barony Campus;
SRUC Elmwood Campus;
SRUC Oatridge Campus.


Experienced Operator or Refresher Course ( 1 day in duration) £175.00 per person

Novice Operator Course ( 2 days in duration) £250.00 per person

Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


Important update

Individual Training Accounts will open on Monday 13 January 2020.

This phase of the scheme will accept up to 10,000 new applications.

SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
And because it's not a loan you don't have to pay it back.

Sounds good? Start searching for an ITA approved course and apply online.
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How do I book?

To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Fiona Lanni (SRUC Ayr/Barony)

01`292 525355

Contact 2

Liz Rioch (SRUC Elmwood)

01334 658842

Contact 3

Samantha Bain (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 534520

Contact 4

Fiona Lanni (SRUC Ayr/Barony)

01292 525355

Contact 5

Ann-Marie n( SRUC Aberdeen)