Frequently Asked Questions

Why is training so important?

Training has been identified as the most important factor in reducing accidents at work (HSE). There is a lot of supporting evidence but, sadly, this has been gathered following fatal or other accidents resulting in serious injury.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 make it a legal requirement for employers to provide adequate training for operators of machines and equipment. Those machines must also be maintained in a safe condition and be fit for purpose.

Machines and equipment are expensive; training in their correct use can reduce downtime and make the workforce more efficient. Employers are looking for trained personnel and favour those who have Lantra Awards qualifications.

What courses are available?

There are many and varied courses available from Lantra; too many to list. If you can not find details of what you require on this site then please give us a call or use the enquiry form. All courses are certificated and most can be either assessed for a Lantra Certificate of Basic Skills or a Lantra Awards level two or three Award (QCF).

Why are there two assessment routes for chainsaw training?

The Lantra Awards Integrated Training and Assessment (ITA) route is aimed at those persons who do not intend to use chainsaws regularly as part of their normal work. The two courses allow operators to crosscut, maintain the machine and fell trees to a maximum diameter at felling height of 200mm. Assessment takes place during the course and successful candidates receive a Certificate of Basic Skills recognised by HSE and under the PUWER.

Courses following the non-assessed route prepare candidates for independent assessment following the training course. This allows persons to start with unit 991 (crosscut and maintain the machine) and progress to unit 2541 (felling trees to 380mm diameter at felling height) and all the other units in the forestry and arboriculture scheme. These courses are aimed at persons who are training to take up tree work as a full time occupation.

Can I receive any discounts off the cost of training?

YES!!! There is a basic charge per person per day but if multiple persons are booked onto courses which take place over more than two days, then generous discounts are given. Please ring with your requirement for a quote. There are also discounts given in the months of June, September and January which tend to be less popular. 

When are courses run:

Courses are run as soon as sufficient numbers are booked and there is an Instructor available. It is advisable to make enquiries early in order to receive the training when it is most convenient for you. Dates for the most popular courses are posted at regular intervals so keep checking back to see if there is one that suits you. Early booking onto these is recommended as places can go fast!

Where are the courses run?

Courses are usually run on your site so that the most relevant machines and equipment are used in surroundings familiar to the candidates. However, it is also possible to use various other venues when this is necessary or more convenient. Individuals without access to the equipment required can be slotted in to scheduled courses in many cases so call to find out when and where you could do the courses of your choice.

What are the most common Pesticide Application Units?

Safe Use of Pesticides unit. Covers legislation, storage, records, labels etc and is compulsory. The assessment takes place at a test centre or at your venue. All those who wish to use pesticides in the workplace must hold this certificate.

Boom sprayer applicator unit. Covers the use of boom sprayers mounted on tractors or other prime movers. The assessment usually takes place at the candidates normal place of work.

Hand held applicator unit. Covers the use of knapsack sprayers or other hand held applicators. The assessment usually takes place at the candidates normal place of work.

All three units are required if both types of applicators are to be used.

What about Grandfather rights?

Changes made by the Sustainable Use Directive mean that after November 26th 2015, the grandfather rights will no longer apply. All persons using professional crop protection products will have to hold the relevant Level Two Award regardless of how old they are or where they are applying the products.

How long do the certificates last?

The Lantra Awards Certificate of Basic Skills and Level two or three Awards (QCF) all last for life. However, there is an expectation that training is updated on a three to five year basis. This ensures that skills are kept up to date and that operation of machinery and equipment is safe. Refresher courses are shorter than the original training and there is no need for further assessment.

In the case of the application of pesticides it is possible that qualifications can be revoked should an operator be found guilty of an offence under The FEPA. In these circumstances retraining and further assessment could be required.

What about alternative training?

The law requires adequate training to be provided. Lantra Awards training courses have been developed by industry and HSE to follow industry best practice and many are mapped to National Ocupational Standards. Other training could be as comprehensive but can you take the risk that it is not? Cut corners on training and you really do put yourself and your staff at risk.

If a serious accident does occur then you need to know that you have done everything you reasonably could to prevent it; if you haven't then the legal and financial consequences to you and your business could be severe.

Do my experienced personnel require training?

YES. YES. YES. It is our personal experience that when training is arranged following an accident, it is often the most experienced members of staff who have been injured. This is by far the most expensive way of organising your training.

And please do not forget that allthough the safety aspect of training is paramount, in our experience it pays for itself very quickly due to better employment opportunities whether self employed or if you are looking for another position.

If you have any additional questions regarding training of any kind, please get in touch. If we can not help then we know someone who can.

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