Open Space Mower Operation Training


Open Space Mower Operation TrainingThis course covers the requirements of unit standard 19570 - Operate a Mower for Agricultural Contracting.

People accredited with this unit standard are able to: select and prepare mowing equipment and machinery, carry out worksite preparation and safety checks, operate a mower to mow reserves and roadside vegetation and carry out post-operational procedures. This course is designed to be customised to suit specific machinery, working environments, and company protocols.

This course is designed to be customised to suit specific machinery, working environments and company policies and procedures.

For more information, please download the course information sheet.

Course Content

  • The course involves minimal written theory beyond daily company timesheets, machinery check-sheets, and safety briefings as most of the course is run on-site while production continues.
  • Where initial assessment shows consistent competency in some areas, time will be diverted to areas requiring improvement.
  • Where attendees are already mowing but wish to gain accreditation (or improve their skills) this course is designed to create as minimal disruption to production as practical. New staff are initially trained then buddied up to gain experience during a longer assessment and improvement phase. This is done in partnership with the relevant company delegate.
  • The unit standard requires a consistent level of production mowing, balanced with knowledge of mowing plant set-up, machinery operation, and safety. 
  • A post-course report will highlight any individual requiring special on-going tuition / guidance to reach a safe and productive operating level. Natural Instincts/AMS Group will work with anyone requiring on-going training or experience prior to reaching a competent level.


For entry into this course trainees must have a driver licence and any driver licence endorsement appropriate for the machine or vehicle being used. This unit is intended for trainees that are working in a workplace context or have access to a workplace context that meets the unit standard evidence requirements:

  • Assessment of this unit standard must be based on evidence from a workplace context.
  • Attendees must hold the unit standards relevant for their primary machine set up and terrain (e.g. Tractor unit standards for tractor mounted mowers, or Light Utility Vehicle unit standards for ride-on and out-front mowers) Note: May include tractor US if they are currently not held.
  • Attendees must be 16 years of age or over
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information on these course pre-requisites

NZQA Unit Standards Included

19570 Operate a Mower for Agricultural Contracting.


Varies dependant on customisation of content and unit standards completed for course requirement.

Attendance Capacity

Minimum of 6 trainees and a maximum of 10 trainees per trainer for a standard delivery. Where higher trainee numbers are requested, extra trainers will be in attendance to assist.

We have delivered this training for up to 30 with planned practical training and assessment.  Talk to us about our flexibility to fit the needs of your organisation.


POA based on specific course content requirements. Please contact us for more information.

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.