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Course: Wood Chippers

The Assessment:

The assessment establishes that the candidate has the relevant knowledge and understanding as well as the appropriate skill required for the competent safe use of wood chippers.


The assessment is divided into two units:

Unit 1

Maintain the wood chipper

Unit 2

Operate a wood chipper

Candidates must successfully achieve:

Unit 1 and Unit 2 which are compulsory.

Skills to be assessed:

  • Pre-start checks
  • Identification of hazards
  • Correct use of equipment
  • Appropriate warning signs and/or barriers to safeguard public
  • Machine adjustments
  • Safe lifting and handling
  • Cleaning, maintenance and storage of equipment.


Knowledge to be assessed:

  • Legal requirements
  • Safety requirements
  • Pre-start checks
  • Statutory guard requirements
  • Identification of hazards
  • Materials to be chipped
  • Safety of bystanders
  • Cleaning, maintenance and storage of equipment.


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.

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