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NPORS Wood chipper – Shredder Training – N603

Woodchipper course

Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

1-2 days dependent on previous experience

Novice candidate numbers:

4

Experience Worker Tests per day:

6

Variations:

Trailer mounted 
Vehicle mounted 
Self-propelled 
Static 
Wheeled 
Tracked 

Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:

16

Restrictions:

If required

Instructor:

Tuppco instructors

What is a wood chipper?

A tree chipper or woodchipper is a machine used for reducing wood (generally tree limbs or trunks) into smaller woodchips. They are often portable, being mounted on wheels on frames suitable for towing behind a truck or van. Power is generally provided by an internal combustion engine. This will be included in the TUPPCO NPORS Wood chipper – Shredder Training – N603.

What does the TUPPCO NPORS Woodchipper – Shredder training course include?

  • Have a basic understanding of the industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator
  • Have a working knowledge of the manufacturer’s handbook for the particular machine to be used
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components of the machine and explain their functions
  • Be able to locate and identify key controls and explain their functions
  • Set up exclusion zone
  • Conduct all pre-operational checks in accordance with manufacturers and legislative requirements
  • Select suitable type of machine relative to the work being undertaken
  • Identify and maintain PPE appropriate for woodchipper use
  • Prepare the woodchipper for use
  • Conduct all necessary safety and efficiently
  • Environmental considerations
  • Storage and transport of woodchipper
  • Disposal of cut materials
  • Carry out all end of shift and shut down procedures

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to operate equipment
  • Branches of various lengths and sizes
  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Stump grinder
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Suitable work boots including steel toe protection
  • High Viz

HSE further information:

Theory assessment:

  • 20 multiple choice questions
  • 5 written questions
  • 4 marks per question
  • 80% pass mark required

Practical assessment criteria:

  • Pre use and operational checks
  • Demonstrate knowledge of controls including emergency stop procedure
  • Demonstrate safe and efficient use of machines
  • End of use checks

Where are TUPPCO NPORS Wood chipper – Shredder on-site training courses delivered?

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil

Attachments:

Attachments training can be included

Recognised industries:

Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, Marine, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Environmental,

Known as:

Woodchipper

Manufactures:

Timber wolf

Functions:

Chip wood to make mulch
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