Cut-Off Saw Training, what is it?


Cut-Off Saw (COS) Training is the understanding

of how to check, set up and use the machine.

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All our COS-Training Courses include:
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  • Abrasive wheel and diamond blade training

  • Cut Off Saw pre-user checks

  • Practical training on setting up and preparing to use a Cut-Off Saw

  • Practical training on techniques when using a Cut-Off Saw

  • Things to do and things to avoid when using a Cut-Off Saw

  •  Practical help from manufacturers

  •  The Use of Accessories, Battery Cut-Off Saw and the STIHL TS440

Train the Trainer, Train the Assessor and the Operator courses content includes the elements of Abrasive wheels ‘required under PUWER Regulations’

The new Apprenticeship Standards will be used by employers and training providers from 2019 to develop the ‘on the job and off the job training provision for apprentices’. These Standards are the basis for the Assessment Plans that are used by End Point Awarding Organisations when assessing the apprentices once they have passed through the task ‘gateway’.


In the Bricklayer Standard, the Core Skills of operatives includes the ‘Safe use of ‘disc cutters’ and power cutters.


In the Roofer Standard (currently in development), the Core Skills of operatives requires them to ‘Set-up, check and operate power tools’ (including cut-off saws) and to ‘maintain and store tools’

In the Horticulture and Landscape Operative Standard, for the Landscape Construction Role, the Core Skills of operatives includes ‘the safe use of abrasive wheels for cutting hard landscape materials during construction’.

In the Steel Fixer Standard the core skill of operatives will have the skill to be able to demonstrate the ability to cut reinforcing steel

For all these apprentices to pass through this gateway they will be required to demonstrate to their employer and training provider that they are competent to use these machines.

Completing Cut Off Saw training and holding an NOCN Cut-Off Saw Certificate will help them with this.

It will also help apprentices to be confident using the equipment and show their training certificate when they are being observed by the independent assessor assigned by the End Point Assessment Organisation during their End Point Assessment.

This STIHL Cut-Off Saw Tutor Training will enable colleges to professionally deliver the required level of Cut-Off Saw training and follow STIHL training standards. Through successful completion of this training tutors can deliver the NOCN endorsed Cut-Off Saw training required by the apprentices


STIHL and their role in COS?
Within their extensive range of products, STIHL are the world’s leading manufacturer of Cut Off Saws. Learning the correct way to handle these machines is vitally important.
Construction Companies, Training organisations and Colleges are introducing accredited and recognised Cut Off Saw (COS) training for users, including Bricklayers, Roofers, Landscapers, Groundworkers and Infrastructure Services at all levels of experience.
The COS course designed by STIHL teaches people the importance of wearing the correct Personal Protective equipment (PPE), and amongst other things, how to check the saw is ready to use.
In recognising the importance of this, STIHL are working with SKANSKA and Construction Training Services on developing and delivering training and with NOCN on accreditation of the training courses delivered at all levels.

NOCN and their role in COS Training?

SiteRight, part of NOCN Group is an educational charity whose core aims are to help learners reach their potential and organisations thrive.  The group includes business units specialising in regulated UK and international qualifications, End Point Assessment, Access to Higher Education, assured short courses, SMART job cards, assessment services, consultancy, and research.  The group focuses on construction via SiteRight and NOCN  (under the Cskills Awards Brand).  It is one of the construction sectors biggest Awarding and Assessment Organisations in the UK and internationally.  Construction End Point Assessments are designed by NOCN in partnership with employers and training providers to meet the needs of the sector, helping to plug vital skills gaps, creating a safer, more productive and better-skilled workforce. NOCN supports major developments, such as home building, HS2 and Nuclear.


Why work with NOCN Group?

  • The broadest range of construction competence qualifications (NVQ), with over 450 pathways offered to gain qualifications for the industry.

  • Assured courses under the SiteRight brand such as Cut-Off Saw Training to continually improve productivity and safety with the construction industry.

  • NOCN Level 6 and 7 qualifications approved for Membership of CIOB (Chartered Institute of Building).

  • Training Qualifications for full-time learners.

  • Job Cards – NOCN Group owns and manages the Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS), the largest and most highly regarded Card Scheme for plant operators.

  • End Point Assessment for the new apprenticeship standards. NOCN offer more EPA’s than any other organisation.

  • Consultancy and training for skills.

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