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Can anyone recommend any lawn care training courses that would help me?

I am hoping to start a lawn care business this year - working alone.

I will also be trying do some voluntary work to get hands on practical experience.

Any advice much appreciated.
Nigel

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  • PRO

    Hi Nigel

    Welcome to LJN.

    Is it a general course you are looking for or something that is more specialised?

  • Hi Phil,
    thanks for the welcome and quick reply,
    ideally the course would look in depth at lawn care in residential settings, possibly parks. I would like to receive a certificate at the end from a recognised body so that my customers have some reassurance (and I am competent and can do a good job).

    I only seem to be able to find NVQ type qualifications relating to sports turf (golf, football etc)-with IOG endorsement.

    I,ve found a general gardening RHS level 2 course but lawncare is only a part of the syllabus.

    Seems to be several 1 day introductory lawncare courses.

    I'm taking voluntary redundancy in October so I have some time to prepare thankfully-looking forward to it :)

    Thanks
    Nigel

  • Hi Nigel,

    Check out my lawn course at waterperry gardens in March.....
    • PRO
      Will you be doing a 2015 course?
  • Thanks David - just checked. Is that the 1 day course?

    If so are also any longer, in depth lawncare management courses run there?

    regards
    Nigel

  • PRO Supplier

    Hi Nigel

    We don't offer a course specific to lawn care, however if you are looking to apply professional use herbicides you will need to have what is known as your PA1 and PA6

    PA1 Foundation Module (Safe Use of Pesticides) is the first course which top line covers:

    • Understanding what a pesticide is and how to use it
    • Acts and Regulations relevant to pesticides
    • LERAP with buffer zones
    • Use of protective clothing
    • Storage of pesticides
    • Transportation of pesticides
    • Disposal of pesticide containers
    • Keeping records
    • First aid
    • How to protect the environment and water quality

    Then if you are looking to apply these using a knapsack etc you will need the PA6 course - Handheld Spreaders which covers hand held applicators including knapsacks and this course course again - top line covers the following: -

    • Preparing a hand held pesticide applicator for work, calibrate it and operate it to ensure correct application rate without risk to themselves, other people and the environment.
    • How to use the information detailed on product labels to determine the approved uses for the product and its potential hazards to human safety, non-target areas and the environment in general.
    • Carrying out daily and routine maintenance on a hand held pesticide applicator.
    • Carrying the correct procedure for cleaning personal protective equipment and application equipment which may have been contaminated with pesticide.

    We run these courses at our Progreen head office and throughout the country too - if you want to read more you can visit http://www.progreen.co.uk/pesticide-training/cat_47.html

    Also we are more than happy i- f you are new to everything - to have a chat on the phone and explain how it all works if you let us know your telephone number. It can seem a bit complex at a first glance but I can assure you it's pretty straight forward and the course is not too daunting (having completed it a while ago).  Feel free to email us on info@progreen.co.uk or phone us on 0800 032 6262. As I say more than happy to discuss so you can understand it more fully and work out what, how or if you actually want to pursue a career in the lawn care business.

    Thanks,

    Louise

  • Hi
    I just put this in google
    lawncare training
    Quite a few company's came up,I cannot say anything about them you will have to judge for your self.
    Other option is try and get a job with one of the large franchised company's, earn as you learn then adjust what you want to suit your self, from what I come across alot of independents have started this way
    If you follow the job with a franchise outlet get it in a different area to were you want to work as they have some trading rights forms you have to sign that stop you trading were you have operated on their behalf.(I Think)



  • Bespoke Lawncare said:

    Hi
    I just put this in google
    lawncare training
    Quite a few company's came up,I cannot say anything about them you will have to judge for your self.
    Other option is try and get a job with one of the large franchised company's, earn as you learn then adjust what you want to suit your self, from what I come across alot of independents have started this way
    If you follow the job with a franchise outlet get it in a different area to were you want to work as they have some trading rights forms you have to sign that stop you trading were you have operated on their behalf.(I Think)

  • Many thanks for the advice.
    I,ve googled lots in the past 3 months and there's so much information out there-difficult for me as a newcomer to choose the best training.
    Earn as you learn is definitely something to think about.
    cheers
    Nigel

  • PRO

    Nigel I think that maybe you found your way here as a result of me, use this site as a valuable resource.

    If your keen to learn - get reading, don't be afraid to use the search feature in the top right hand corner of the website.

    Anything you want to know that you can't find using the feature don't be afraid to ask. Hope this helps.

    Robbie

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