Wood Machining Level 2 (OSAT)

Wood Machinist are employed by a range of business sectors to cut, shape and prepare materials providing component parts for their product range. These can include Doors, Windows, Furniture, Kitchens, Garden Furniture, Sheds, Fencing, Skirtings etc.

You will learn how to set-up and use classical machinery for Sawing, Planing, Moulding components. There is also the opportunity to learn about technology, including use of CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines which are programmed with CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacture) software.

Experienced Wood Machinist can make decisions such as the type of material needed to make components / products, the ability to follow technical drawings, skills to work out amount of materials needed and ensuring efficient cutting tools are selected and used.

Programme Synopsis

• Study drawings, work orders or samples to determine specifications.
• Select and fit knives, saws, drill bits or other machine tools to perform the desired functions.
• Attach guides, fixtures or jigs to machines so that operations are performed safely.
• Adjust stops, guides, feed rollers and tailstocks, and the angle and height of tables for easy and safe machining.
• Select the direction and speed of rotation of machinery to produce smooth finishes.
• Select timbers.
• Feed wood and timber-based boards into machines or operate automatic feed mechanisms.
• Programme and control Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Numerical Control (CNC)  machines.
• Adjust parts to maintain conformity of work within specifications.
• Undertake mechanical repairs to machinery.
• Maintain a clean and safe work environment.
• Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of workers engaged in wood machining and turning.


Diploma (NVQ) Level 2 in Machine Woodworking

Costs and funding opportunities

Course cost: £1,500

Standard funding rates:

Funding support from government: Please see the funding for training page for guidlines on any government funding that may be available
Funding support from BWF:
£750, where companies are registered with CITB and are not receiveing full funding from government
Funding support from CITB Grant Scheme:

  • Companies can claim £400 for any OSAT qualfiication once if has been achieved, through the normal grant scheme process.
  • Companies that pay an annual levy, and submit CITB returns on time, are also eligible for the supplimentary grant on top of 22% (£88)
  • CITB is also providing an Extraordinary grant of at least £250 or between 11%-15% (rate still to be set), whichever is higher, of all grant claimed by a company in the 2013-2014 grant year. It has not been confirmed if this grant will be available, (therefore this grant may not be available if candidates achieve thier NVQ qualification after 31st July 2014)


To apply:

  1. Download the pre-assessment form - you will need one form per learner.
  2. Complete sections 1 and 2 only at this stage
  3. Return your form to Dave Campbell, BWF Marketing & Training Manager via:
    1. Email: dave.campbell@bwf.org.uk quoting the OSAT Course you wish to undertake in the email
    2. Fax: 0844 209 2611, quoting the OSAT Course you wish to undertake on the covering page
    3. Post: British Woodworking Federation, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E 7BT

You can register as many candidates as you like, with an initial restriction of 3 learners per company for the BWF portion of grant, where eligible.

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