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College Certificate in the Safe Use of Pedestrian Mowers

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Job opportunities after this course: 

Horticulture. This one day practical course will cover the practical skills and knowledge needed to be be competent in the operation of a Pedestrian Mower.

Overview of the course: 

A practical course. The Houghall Estate provides the ideal environment for you to gain practical skills and knowledge and give the opportunity to develop skills to progress in the land based environment.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements


1. Health & Safety in the use of Pedestrian Grass Mowers.

2. Operation and maintenance including:

• Fuel/oil levels
• Air filters
• Cutting cylinder adjustment (if applicable)
• Height of cut adjustment
• Safety adjustments of belts/drives/guards
• Lubrication points

2-stroke mixes (if applicable)

3. Starting/stopping procedures.

4. Operating procedures including mowing of banks.

5. Mowing patterns and quality.

How is the course assessed?: 

Assessed during the course using practical activities.

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical units can be added.

Length of the course: 

1 Full Day - Practical


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

These are seasonal courses and only run from Easter until the end of October each year.

More important information about this course:


Fees are payable in advance.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (18 Jul 2018 11:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

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How to apply: 

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