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Course: Safe Use of Mowers

The Assessment:

The assessment establishes that the candidate is competent in the correct and safe operation of a mower in a practical demonstration of ability.


The assessment is divided into two compulsory units:

Unit 1 Pre Use safety – mowers
Unit 2 Operate a Mower

Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities in both units:

The Certificate will be endorsed according to the type of mower with which the assessment was undertaken.


Pedestrian Controlled

Or Tractor Mounted
Or Self Propelled (Ride-On)

The assessment may be taken on a mower with any type of cutting mechanism; for example:

  • Cylinder
  • Rotary
  • Flail
  • Reciprocating Knife


Skills to be assessed:

  • Ability to convert cutting mechanism.
  • Check free movement of working parts
  • Check and adjust cutting heights
  • Check and adjust cutting mechanisms
  • Replace blades.
  • Undertake:
    • Daily maintenance
    • Routine safety checks
    • Pre-start checks
    • Brake operation checks
    • Inspection for serviceability
  • Mow specified area
  • Park mower safely
  • Clean mower correctly
  • Inspect and identify defects
  • Undertake end of season maintenance.


Knowledge to be assessed:

  • Legal requirements
  • Safety requirements
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Operational adjustments
  • Factors affecting efficiency
  • Safe driving techniques
  • Factors affecting cutting patterns
  • Clearing blockages.


Candidates will be assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’

The assessment requires a practical demonstration of the candidate’s competence. Underpinning knowledge and understanding will be assessed orally.

For details of cost please contact GOSTA Training