At Daltons Wadkin we offer tailored woodworking machine training courses specifically designed for delivery within industrial and educational environments. Wood machine training courses can be provided for operators as well as those who help in the machining process e.g., taking off, loading and/or feeding, setting, cleaning and maintaining etc.


Daltons Wadkin are a PIABC Quality Assured training provider and have been providing industry led training for over 10 years, continually honing the courses to meet both customer and legal requirements.

Customers have the option for courses to be delivered at their own premises or at our dedicated training centre in Nottingham. Detailed training material is provided to learners covering individual machine units for future reference.


New starters and novice users most commonly have the greatest training needs, but experienced operators will also require refresher training. All staff involved with the machine operation (as listed below) should receive training at least every three to five years;

  • Machine operators
  • Anyone who maintains, cleans or sets up the machines
  • People who assist in the machining process such as loading, feeding, taking off etc.


Woodworking machine operator training is essential. The law, as set out in the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER98) states that all persons who operate equipment must receive adequate training. From a business point of view, it is also a beneficial to ensure all employees are working efficiently and safely.

Regulation 9 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (1) Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.


The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) states that trained and experienced wood machine operators receive refresher training at least every three to five years, but this can vary depending on circumstance. Woodworking machine refresher training is required for the following;

  • For machinists and operators who occasionally stand in
  • For an operator returning to a particular machine having not used it for some time
  • Following an accident or near miss to demonstrate the incident can be avoided
  • Following a change in legislation or when new guidance is brought in
  • If the machining process or system of work changes
  • If new machine control systems have been fitted
  • If new equipment has been introduced


The training needs of learners will need to be assessed individually taking into account their age and experience. Our experienced trainers adapt the courses accordingly to suit both the operators and the type of work being carried out.

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Each machine type is covered by an individual training unit. The aim of each course unit is to inform, access and certify the learner in Safe Setting and Operator Training on each woodworking machine in accordance with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Each course will cover the following areas;

  • Identification and function of key machine controls/features
  • Correct selection, setting and use of safety devices/guards/jigs
  • Correct selection, setting and use of machine
  • Correct selection, setting and use of tooling (as required)
  • Safe use of machines
  • Safe working practices, risk reduction and identifying/preventing hazards
  • Planned preventative maintenance
  • Full practical assessment of above
  • Regulations that apply to the machines and general/legal requirements

Each learner receives an assessment at the end of each unit. Successful candidates are issued with a certificate detailing the machine units they have completed.

The majority of our training course units include the provision of a training book with detailed information, illustrations and important safety information specific to that machine type. These books are left with each operator for future reference.


Daltons Wadkin are the longest established woodworking machine suppliers in the UK and have been providing industry led training for over 15 years, continually honing the courses to meet both customer and legal requirements.

As a PIABC Quality Assured training provider we offer certificated courses for novice and new learners, as well as refresher and supervisor courses covering all types and makes of woodworking machinery. We cover all areas of the UK, Ireland and further afield.

The Daltons Wadkin ‘red team’ of dedicated woodworking machine trainers each have a minimum of 10 years time served experience within the industry. All of our trainers hold a formal qualification in teaching and accessing. Our unique, industry leading training material is continually updated to ensure any changes and updates in legislation are covered.

But don’t just take our word for it.

“An excellent session which was tailored to suit our needs and the experience of those attending”.

Walter Thompson Ltd

“The training received was to a very high standard with machines and regulations explained and demonstrated in detail”.

Port of Blyth

“All trainees were very pleased. An excellent course and will definitely use Daltons Wadkin again”.

Pendle Vale College

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We are a PIABC quality assured centre providing certificated woodworking machinery training courses for operators and supervisors covering all types of woodworking machinery, hand held power tools and abrasive wheels.

Established for over 120 years

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