What is special about this course?

This course provides training for those employed in the land-based sector in the practical skills required to manage coppice woodland.

It is targeted at farmers, crofters and estate workers who currently manage forestry and wish to extend their skills in relation to forestry related business, as well as at those who wish to further develop woodland and wild land management skills for nature conservancy in line with SNH objectives. 

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Following comprehensive coverage of health and safety as it relates to coppice practice, the principles and techniques of coppicing will be introduced.  This includes woodland types, tree species, rotations and a detailed consideration of conservation of conservation practice.  All participants will have the opportunity to identify suitable specimens and to practice felling a variety of stems and stools.  This will be followed by further practice in trimming, sorting and ensuring safe and ordered working environments, as well as the construction of hurdles, running fencing and other items, and the use and maintenance of relevant hand tools.

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

Enrolment followed by outside practical sessions.

How long will my course last?

2 Days

2 days, usually over a weekend.

This course can be scheduled in any of our ten college centres depending on numbers. Call your local college centre for up to date information.


Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

Call your local college centre for up to date information.



The cost includes materials, equipment and a comprehensive set of notes, as well as tutor certification on successful completion of the course.

All tools will be provided but participants will be expected to have suitable protective clothing and safety footwear.


A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances.

This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits.

You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.

Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This qualification will enable you to seek work in land based employment.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Coppicing

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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