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City & Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Hand Held Leaf Blowers and Vacuums

About the course

Brief Description of the Course:

This course covers the use of handheld leaf blowers and vacuums, including pre-use checks, maintenance, identification of controls and instruments and operating the machine to blow or collect vast amounts of leaves to the capacity of the machine.

Entry Requirements:

A keen interest in horticulture, arboriculture and forestry.

Course Units:

The assessment consists of one compulsory unit that is broken down into the following outcomes:

Unit 201

· Know how to carry out a risk assessment

· Know the current health and safety legislation and environmental good practice

· Know the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for hand held hedge trimmer operations

· Know how to check and maintain the machine

· Demonstrate how to operate the leaf blower or vacuum

· Know how to carry out post operative checks

· Know how to clean and appropriately store a leaf blower or vacuum

Learning and Assessment:

This practical course is delivered to include all the outcomes listed and assessed independently of the training day.

Assessment is held on a separate day (Usually/ideally the following week).

All Assessment fees are included in Course fee/funding.

To gain the qualification you must complete a practical test with one-to-one questioning.

Course Fees: £172

The cost of this course is usually £258. However, residents of Liverpool City Region are likely to be eligible for funding to pay for all or part of this course.

Additional Information:

Please bring safety footwear and appropriate outdoor clothing.


There are further NPTC competency courses available at the College.

How to Apply:

To apply for this programme, please complete the on-line application form using the links on the right of the factsheet on the website. Alternatively, printed application forms are available from Course Enquiries:


Myerscough College Liverpool, Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Croxteth Hall Lane, Liverpool, L12 0HB


0151 228 7162



Please note that the information provided in this fact sheet was accurate at the date of publication. However, programmes of study are continually being modified and information is therefore subject to change.

Myerscough College Horticulture
Myerscough College Horticulture


Horticulture is a rapidly growing area of the economy thanks to a strong public interest in gardening, plants, sustainability and food security. According to the Royal Horticultural Society, the horticulture industry is the largest employer in the UK, supplying 18 million gardeners.

The number of garden centres continues to increase and the public demand for attractive horticultural landscapes remains strong. This means that plant growers, suppliers and managers are constantly looking for ways to improve their businesses.

Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden
Myerscough College Fellow - Christine Walkden

Christine Walkden: Honorary Fellow

"My passion for gardening was nurtured at Myerscough College and I've been getting my hands dirty ever since." Celebrity plantswoman and horticulturalist Christine was awarded an honorary fellowship and regularly works with the College and our Horticultural department.

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