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SRUC Training Courses: Forestry Machine Operation - Skidder


This course will involve practical training on our working site as well as looking at risk assessment to prepare you for sitting your FMOC assessment. It is designed for a range of machine operator ability from the novice operator to those with some forwarding experience who require updating to achieve FMOC.

What is Involved?

Pre-start checks and routine maintenance
Risk Assessment and site appraisal Operation of equipment in a safe and effective manner
Driving technique on a variety of terrain
Health and safety legislation
Industry good practice

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations - Base Machine with Skidder

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE

Course Dates

Course dates are scheduled on demand. Please contact the campus to register your interest.


variable depending on experience

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On customer premises or SRUC Barony Campus


Prices for this course will be given on request. Please contact the campus to receive a quotation. Our 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 Barony)

01292 525355