Abrasive Wheel Training

British Abrasives Federation (BAF) Accredited Abrasive Wheel Training.

We are changing the way that we deliver our abrasive wheel training courses:

Due to the coronavirus we have had to make significant changes in how we conduct abrasive wheel training on site at our customers premises.

Further to conducting training and RPE testing for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic and following guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, the following measures will help us to minimise the risk of contamination whilst still delivering the highest quality service.

We will no longer be delivering the theory part of the training course on-site so we can minimise social contact. 

The theory part of the training course will now be delivered via an online webinar, all trainees will be required to watch this and complete a theory test prior to the practical training taking place.

The practical training is an integral part of an abrasive wheel course this part of the course cannot be successfully completed virtually.

“There is no substitute for thorough practical training in all aspects of the mounting and use of abrasive wheels.” Source HSG17 “Safety in the Use of Abrasive Wheels”.

The practical element of the training will be conducted on your site but in small groups of a maximum of 3 people at a time and taking approximately 45 minutes to complete each group.

The practical training will include: wheel changes, dressing of the wheels where required and an operator competency assessment.

The abrasive wheel training course that you require needs to be relevant to your operators and the types of machines that they use.

This is why we have developed 12 different abrasive wheels courses (so far) to meet the needs of you and your operators.

All of our courses are accredited by the British Abrasives Federation (BAF) and have been designed by us with guidance from industry experts.

Our abrasive wheel training courses are delivered by expert instructors who have decades of teaching experience between them and they are also experienced abrasive wheel machine operators.

Courses Available:

Angle Grinder, Petrol Cut-Off Saw, Chop Saw, Bench/Pedestal Grinder, Precision Grinding.

Tell us at the time of booking and we can ensure the training you receive is relevant to the machines that you use.

Our abrasive wheel courses are a combination of webinar based and practical learning and will create awareness of the hazards associated with working with abrasive wheels. If access to your machinery is not possible you will be required to attend our training centre in North Yorkshire for your practical assessments.

Please Note: in this instance we are unable to conduct precision grinding and practical assessments.

We will also provide you with advice and recommendations on making sure that your use of abrasive wheels is as safe as it can be.

We have 3 different options for abrasive wheel operator training:

Option 1: A blended abrasive wheel training course – webinar theory training followed by practical assessments on our site/premises.

Option 2: An open/public abrasive wheel training course – webinar theory training with practical assessments at our training centre in Knaresborough.

Option 3: We also offer an online abrasive wheel course which is approved by IIRSM & CPD.

Option 1


Our accredited abrasive wheel operator course is aimed at experienced operators and covers all types of abrasive wheel machines. The training will be delivered to suit the abrasive wheel machine types that you use. With practical assessments conducted on your site.

1-12 Attendees On-site Training


Course Content

Our abrasive wheels training meets with the requirement of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98) and is accredited by the BAF (British Abrasives Federation). To illustrate what our training covers please see subject below:

Blended Course:

  • The Need to Train and Statutory Requirements
  • Characteristics of an Abrasive Wheel and the Types
  • Marking of Abrasive Wheels
  • Speed
  • Hazards and Precautions to be taken
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Storage & Handling
  • Inspection and Methods of Testing for Damage
  • Abrasive Wheel Machine Components
  • Guarding
  • Dressing & Balancing
  • Specific Mounting Procedures
  • Operator Assessments (conducted on your site or ours)

Course Requirements

Conducted on any site that is COVID secure as per our procedure document below.

Covid-19 Procedures For On Site Abrasive Wheel Training

This course is for 1 to 12 trainees.

When conducting the practical element of the training we require the use of the customer’s equipment. It is their responsibility to ensure the equipment is suitable for its intended use, that is properly maintained and that all trainees are in possession of the correct PPE for the type of machine that they will be using.

Please note: the current legislation requires that anyone who uses, manages and mounts in abrasive wheel must be properly trained in the safe use.


You will receive a BAF accredited certificate of attendance and your details will be entered on to the BAF national register of operators.

You will also receive an individual training record (to provide proof of training) and a comprehensive set of BAF approved course notes is provided for each trainee on completion of the abrasive wheels course.


Call 01423 611030 or send a quick email enquiry below.

Please note: our office is closed until 10 August. We will respond on our return.

or Call Us on 01423 611030

Option 2


Our open/public accredited abrasive wheel operator training is held at regular intervals at our training centre in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire. This blended course can be booked for 1-4 attendees. Each trainee must complete the online webinar training prior to attending the practical assessment sessions.

1-4 Attendees Open Course


Option 3


Our 100 minute online abrasive wheel course aim to educate trainees on the different applications and procedures associated with abrasive wheels. This course is written by experts and is approved by IIRSM and CPD.

1 Attendee Online Training


Do you want to deliver your own
abrasive wheel training courses?

We have 2 options for abrasive wheel train the trainer courses: 

Option 1: We can come to you and conduct the training on your site/premises.

Option 2: You can attend one of our regular open/public courses in  Knaresborough.

Our Feedback

Training and Testing Services are a British Abrasive Federation (BAF) accredited abrasive wheel training company.

We provide abrasive wheels operator training courses and train the trainer courses which are tailored to meet your specific needs.

For example, we have provided bespoke operator and instructor training packages for Fire Service USAR (Urban Search & Rescue) teams and to Police Forces for MOE (Methods of Entry) training and protester removal.

We have a wealth of experience providing abrasive wheels training and offer a range of courses to help make sure you meet the requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98) and you are properly trained in the safe use of Abrasive Wheels as stated in the HSE publication HSG17.

Not only have we provided specialist abrasive wheel training to the emergency services we have also provided training to the defence, nuclear, marine, fabrication, precision engineering, construction, aerospace, rail, automotive and petroleum industries. As well as universities, colleges, schools and many engineering workshops.

We can provide support with abrasive wheel training applications including:

  • Angle Grinder
  • Petrol Cut Off Saw
  • Chop Saw
  • Bench Grinder
  • Pedestal Grinder
  • Surface Grinder
  • Cylindrical Grinder etc.



Training can be delivered on your site at a time and date to suit you or we run regular open courses at our training centre in North Yorkshire.


What is abrasive wheel training?

Abrasive Wheel Operator Training is essential to ensure that operators have the information and skills necessary to allow for the safe use of abrasive wheels. This training is an important part of accident prevention, and it helps to protect both the operators and those around them.

What does abrasive wheels training cover?

Our abrasive wheels training is tailored to the customers specific needs and is suitable for all machine applications including petrol engine cut off saws (Stihl saw), angle grinders, chop saws, bench grinder, pedestal grinder and precision grinding machines such as; surface grinders, cylindrical grinders etc.

How long does abrasive wheels training last?

Our BAF accredited abrasive wheel operator training course lasts for approximately 3 ½ hours.

Who needs abrasive wheels training?

The use of abrasive wheel machines is covered under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98), the regulations require that:

“In relation to abrasive wheels, PUWER 98 requires, among other things, that all machinery is suitable for its intended use and is properly maintained, and that employees, including those using, mounting and managing the operation of abrasive wheels, are fully informed and properly trained in their safe use”.
Source: HSE document HSG17 “Safety in the use of Abrasive Wheels”

How often should abrasive wheels training be carried out?

PUWER98 doesn’t express when you should carry out refresher training, however signs that you should participate in refresher training include: “When standards are seen to be slipping. You have had a near miss or accident etc.”. The British Abrasives Federation (BAF) recommends participating in a refresher course every 3 years.

Do you offer abrasive wheel training online?

Yes. We offer a blended course using our BAF accredited course content followed by practical assessments. Alternatively, there is an online abrasive wheel training course option which is IIRSM (International Institute of Risk and Safety Managemet) and CPD (Continuous Personal Development) Approved.

What do you need for abrasive wheels training?

All trainees must complete the online webinar training prior to attending the practical assessments. You should advise us before the course starts on the kind of abrasive wheels, cutting, or grinding equipment that you use so the tutor can tailor the course accordingly.
Can be conducted on any site that has suitable facilities (COVID secure).
When conducting the practical element of the training we require use of the customer’s equipment. In this instance, because it is the customer’s equipment it is their responsibility to ensure the equipment is suitable for its intended use, that it is properly maintained and that all trainees are in possession of the correct PPE for the type(s) of abrasive wheel machine that they will be using.