Are you a ... forest machine operator?

Everyone who operates forest machines should receive adequate training. One way of achieving this is by completing a qualification such as National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) / City & Guilds (C&G) Forest Machine Operator Certification Scheme (FMOCS).


To qualify, you take a practical assessment covering the various types of forest machines. You will learn about maintenance of the machine, safety features, personal protective equipment and safe operating practice.

Qualification helps you to:

  • Develop your skills using forest machinery
  • Add new skills to your portfolio
  • Be identified as competent operators
  • Promote a professional image.

A certificate of competence shows that you have practical skill, technical knowledge and ability which has been independently and reliably assessed.

You should only operate machines for which you have been trained. Always use any personal protective equipment that your employer supplies, and report any wear or faults.

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National Proficiency Tests Council qualifications

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