Powered Pole Pruner

Qualification: LANTRA award Certificate of Competence in Powered Pole Pruners
Cost: £180
Duration: 1 day
Location: To suit your requirements
Prerequisites: This training course is for anyone employed in the agriculture, horticulture, landscaping, and grounds maintenance industry that currently operates, or will be required to operate a powered pole pruner. This course is physical so you must be fit and able to carry out the tasks required in the course program.

This is an integrated training and assessment (ITA) course .

You’ll learn to use the powered pole pruner safely and with confidence by our experienced trainer assessor.

Understanding all the relevant regulation and safety requirements is key. You’ll be taught the need for the correct protective clothing and how best to maintain a safe working environment.

Pre-cutting tests will be explained before you move on to practical work.

Who is it for?

This course will be suitable for you if you work in, or are looking to work in any of the following industries:

  • Horticulture
  • Arboriculture
  • Woodland industries
  • Local Authorities
  • Conservation
  • Agriculture
  • Land-based industries

Course sessions:

• HSE legislation and safety guidelines
• Safety features of a powered pole pruner
• Maintaining the powered pole pruner chain
• Maintaining the guide bar
• Engine maintenance
• Starting the pruning saw and pre-cut checks
• Clear and tidy working area and pruning saw checks.

Equipment required as per pre-course hand-out:

  • Powered Pole Pruner
  • Operator’s maintenance kit and equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

• Complete basic environmental checks prior to work operations
• Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate standard markings
• Identify the health and safety features required on a pruning saw
• Identify faults and defects on a pruning saw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention
• Carry out correctly all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook
• Prepare the pruning saw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
• Start the pruning saw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and saw chain lubrication
• Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the pruning saw fails these tests
• State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks and complete a risk assessment
• Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
• Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
• Use correct pruning methods
• Clear the pruned branches in a safe manner
• Organise site safety and state the procedures required.

A certificate of competence will be awarded once you complete the course.

Depending on previous experience some candidates may require longer than the stated guide times to fully understand the information and training provided.