Course type:

Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross cutting & Felling of Small Trees 380mm

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.

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
Students must bring 2 passport sized photos, 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, NPTC assessment and registration fees



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


Dates 2017 - 2018:

  • 5th - 9th March
  • 9th - 13th April
  • 14th - 18th May
  • 11th - 15th June
  • 16th - 20th July 


  • £775


  • 9:00 - 16:30

Telephone for availability: 01452 702 529 or email

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Course Duration

5 Day
5 Day course
Course type:
Part Time

Why study Professional at Hartpury University Centre?

Hartpury’s Innovation, Careers and Enterprise Centre specialises in providing professional courses and apprenticeships across a wide range of sectors, from land-based, animal and equine to education, health and safety and food and drink.

These are designed to meet the needs of local employers, enabling them to source the right training at the right price to upskill their employees, as well as to provide additional qualifications to boost the skills, CVs and earning potential of our students right on their doorstep.

Our diverse team of trainers all have extensive industry experience in their specialist areas and are on hand to provide bespoke business advice, support and training.

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