HRETDs brush cutter safety training course details
Operate brush cutters
SAQA unit standard: 264194
Field: Agriculture and Nature Conservation
NQF level:  02 (5 credits)
Maximum learners per group: Five learners
Novice training duration: Three days
Re-certification training duration: One day
HRETDs brush cutter safety training course details
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Advanced driving
Crane operations
Lift trucks
Lifting operations
Earthmoving plant
Construction plant
Construction site safety
Health and safety
ISO standards
Dangerous goods
Tools & powertools
Landscaping tools
Brush cutters
Herbicide weed controllers
Stump cutters

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Included in this mutimedia training programme Because a brush cutter is a high-speed, fast-cutting power tool some special safety precautions must be observed in addition to those that generally apply when working with hand tools.

This training programme provides information on the requirements and responsibilities of people using specialised walk-behind mowers and the development and implementation of the highest standards of safety to ensure safe and correct operating.

Entry requirements

Grade 7 certificate (basic maths and English literacy) or equivalent qualification.

For any queries regarding the requirements and conditions of brush cutter training, contact our skills development advisor for more information.

Landscaping tools safety

Each learner will receive

Brush cutter operator safety training

Horticulture and landscape maintenance

Course content

Types of walk-behind mowers

We identify the different types of walk-behind mowers and the correct selection of a mower for its specific application. The basic components are identified and a mechanical appreciation of the machine is conducted.

Safety precautions and legislation regarding brush cutters

We cover legislation (OHS acts and Machine Safety acts); outline the safe working practices, general precautions, PPE choices, accident prevention, reporting of incidents and actions to take when an incident occurs (basic); the function that the stone guards perform is described in terms of the purpose of preventing safety incidents from occurring, as well as safety precautions that must be adhered to while operating electrically-driven walk-behind mowers and good housekeeping in a fuel storage facility.

Maintenance checks and logs  

In this module we identify safety and mechanical checks, correct selection and mixing of fuel, blade adjustments, tension of drive chains and belts, and stone guards. We clean, store, and check the machines for defects.

Walk-behind mowing operations

We discuss preparation of the mowing area, discuss and apply the correct procedures and operating techniques for walk-behind mowers, including cutting adjustments, prevention of uncut gaps, evenness of cut, quality of cut, keeping extension cord connections dry, start-up and shutdown procedures.

Assessment methods

We conduct a formative theoretical assessment at the beginning of the course to gauge the learner’s initial understanding (novices only). At the end of the training, a summative theoretical and practical application assessment is conducted, to find if the learner is competent; if not, additional developmental areas are identified and suggested.

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Accredited by AgriSETA

Training programme accreditation

This training programme is aligned to the Agriculture Sector Training Authority (AgriSETA) in accordance with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) unit standard 264194: Operate Specialised Walk-behind Mowers.

HRETD certification policy

Provided that the entry requirements have been met, and the learner found competent to operate a brushcutter, the candidate will receive a certificate of competence that is valid life-long, excepting where it is the policy of the company to have the operator refreshed every two years.

HRETD offers training programmes, from short skills courses to train the trainer courses. We specialise in legal compliance training that is accredited with the TETA and CETA when it comes to technical training, operator training, in service training and onsite training. Our assessors and facilitator trainers responsible for assessment, recertification and certification offer effective training that is Cost effective, competitively priced and affordable in the SADC region including Namibia. We also offer course development. For the transport and logistics industry we offer driver training, advanced driver training and Dangerous goods by road training, as well as diesel locomotive shunting and Fuel bowser training. Rigid heavy vehicle, tip truck, vehicle combination and Water cart training are also offered. When it comes to crane operations training, the lifting machines we specialise in are Heavy cranes and Mobile cranes, as well as Mobilifts, Cabin Overhead cranes, Pendant Overhead cranes and Single girder hoists. We also do Telescopic materials handler, sometimes called Telehandlers and Truck mounted cranes, sometimes called HIAB and Tower cranes. We train on a variety of lift trucks and forklift including counterbalanced lift truck, Advanced defined purpose lift trucks, defined purpose lift trucks and Side loader lift trucks. We also do rough terrain lift trucks, Reach trucks and Pedestrian stackers. Besides these, we also train on order pickers, Side loaders, Very narrow aisle lift trucks and Rail mounted stackers. We give a variety of lifting equipment and lifting operations training including Basic rigging, Banksman and Lifting equipment inspection. We also offer Safe lifting practise training. When it comes to earthmoving plant, we do articulated dump trucks, Concrete dumpers, Excavators and Face shovels. Also offered is Front end loaders, Graders and Rigid dump trucks. We specialise in training for Scrapers, Skid steer loaders and TLBs. Other earthmoving training includes Track type dozers, Tractors and Wheeled dozers (bulldozers). Tractor loader backhoe and dumpers are also offered. Our construction plant training courses includes Asphalt pavers, MEWP (also called cherry picker or mobile elevating works platform), rock breaker and jackhammer, rollers (road rollers) and Tyre handler attachments. When it comes to scaffolding training, we give scaffolding erecting and scaffold inspection – basically scaffolding safety which complies with SANS 10085 – 2004. Our health and safety training includes Construction Regulations 2014 overview or in depth, Construction site flagman and Excavation safety inspection. We also do Ladder inspection, Site safety awareness and Working at heights (also referred to as heights safety or fall arrest as well as Accident/incident investigation and Confined space entry. We offer accredited Fire fighting level 1 and Fire fighting level 2, as well as accredited First aid level 1 and First aid level 2 training. Other safety training we offer is General housekeeping, Handling HAZMAT and Health and safety rep (also called SHE rep and SHEQ), permissions training such as Hot work permissions, Lockout and isolation (also called Lockout Tagout training) We cover the OHS in depth and we have an overview course. We provide Stacking and storing and Stacking and storing HAZMAT (Hazardous materials) training. We train in powertools safety (correctly written power tools) such as Angle grinders, Boilermaking techniques (and welding and arc cutting), Cut-off saws and general Workshop safety including hand tools. When it comes to landscaping (both horticulture and agricultural), we offer Brush cutters, Chainsaws and Lawnmower training.
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