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Chainsaw maintenance, cross cutting & felling of small trees 380mm

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Key Information

Course Duration: 5 days
Level of Study: Professional

Course Overview

This is a five-day training course leading towards a City & Guilds NPTC assessment for the awards - Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting and Felling Small Trees up to 380mm (formerly CS30/31). The first two days of the course will be spent at Hartpury College with the following days spent in various woodlands around the county.

Course Content:

Safety clothing - HSE standards, various types
Safety regulations
Identification of safety features of chainsaw and legal requirements
Safety awareness and chainsaw use
Maintenance and working knowledge of power unit and cutting mechanism
Safe starting procedures
Safe use of chainsaw for cross cutting
Handling and stacking procedure
Cross cutting whole tree lengths
Safety awareness, site consideration and legal constraints
Related hazards of tree felling
Felling of trees up to guide bar length (recommended 15")
Branch removal techniques
Take down of hung up trees 

Protective Clothing includes:

Chainsaw boots
Chainsaw gloves
Chainsaw helmet with visor and ear muffs
Chainsaw trousers. Front protection only required for ground based courses (type/design A) however all round protection (type/design C) will be required if progressing on to Aerial courses

Chainsaw equipment includes:

Serviceable chainsaw (recommended 15 inch guide bar)
Chainsaw toolkit
sharpening files and gauges to suit cutting chain
appropriate spanners
soft brush and cloth for cleaning dirt from chainsaw parts
Chainsaw fuel mix and cutting bar oil for your chainsaw
Pen and notepad, packed lunch and suitable drinks

Note: Attendance on this course does not automatically achieve the Certificate of Competence

Assessment will take place on a separate day which will be arranged via the course tutor.

Price includes use of equipment and protective clothing, NPTC assessment and registration fees.

Students must bring pen and notepad, packed lunch and suitable drinks.

The locations will be advised daily and, as you will be required to make your own way there, please provide your own transport and ensure that you have an up-to-date road map for your convenience.

Students may use their own protective clothing and serviceable chainsaw as long as they comply with safety standards. Anyone who does not have their own equipment and protective clothing can obtain them from Hartpury College. If you have any particular clothing requirements, please contact us.

8th April – 12th April 2024

13th -17th May 2024

24th -28th June 2024

29th July -2nd August 2024


To book your place, click on the below link. You will be taken to our online shop where you can select your date and complete the payment. If you would like to book the NPTC certification route, you can select this in the online shop.

If you wish to pay by invoice, you will need to contact us by 28 days before the course start date. Payment of the invoice will need to be received by 14 days before the course start date to secure the place.

All course fees must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of the course. If we have not received full payment of course fees your place on the course cannot be guaranteed.

If you have any queries, you can contact us by phone on: 01452 702 529 or email

If you need to cancel your course, Hartpury College will refund tuition fees at the following rates: 

  1. Up to 30 days prior to the course start date – full refund of tuition fees*
  2. Between 30 and 14 days prior to the course start date –50% refund of tuition fees*
  3. Less than 14 days’ notice – no refund of tuition fees

*an administrative fee of £50 will be deducted from the refund value.

If Hartpury postpones or cancels the course and is unable to provide an alternative date(s) any tuition fees will be refunded in full.

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