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
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 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)
sharpening files and gauges to suit cutting chain
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 and protective clothing, NPTC assessment and registration fees.
Students must bring 2 passport sized photos, 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.
Dates 2019 - 2020
Due to the latest announcements by the Government in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Hartpury College has temporarily ceased face to face teaching. New dates for this course will be added when we have reopened for students.
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 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.
If you have any queries, you can contact us by phone on: 01452 702 529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
In the event of a cancellation by the student, the College will refund tuition fees for each prospective student at the following rates:
I. Up to 30 days prior to the course start, refund of fees less a £50 administrative charge
II. Between 30 and 14 days prior to the start, 50% refund
III. Less than 14 days notice, nil
If the College postpones the course and is unable to provide a mutually agreeable alternative, any fees will be refunded in full.