Course type:

Chainsaw Operation from Rope and Harness

This course leading towards NPTC certificate in Chainsaw Operation from a Rope and Harness and covers NPTC Unit formally know as CS39. The course covers:

Use of handsaws and chainsaws within the Tree suspended by rope and harness
Branch removal and target pruning using the appropriate cuts
Knots for general Tree surgery use
Aerial rescue techniques


NPTC/City & Guilds Chainsaw Maintenance, Operation, Cross Cutting and Felling of Small Trees 2003/2004 (Formerly CS30/CS31)
NPTC/City & Guilds Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue 2013 (formerly CS38)

Protective clothing requirements:

Leather chainsaw boots
Chainsaw gloves
Chainsaw helmet with visor and ear muffs
Chainsaw trousers – all round leg protection

Climbing equipment provided includes:

Tree climbing harness
Minimum of 5 three-way karabiners
Tree climbing ropes
3 prussik loops

Chainsaw requirements:

Top handled, serviceable chainsaw
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

Please note, attendance on this course does not automatically achieve a Certificate of Competence - assessment will take place on a subsequent, separate day which will be arranged via the course tutor. Price includes use of equipment, NPTC assessment and registration fees.


Students must bring their own chainsaw boots and trousers, which must comply with safety standards, 2 passport sized photos, pen and notepad, packed lunch and suitable drinks.

Students may also bring their own top handled, serviceable chainsaw, which must also comply with safety standards. All other equipment, including chainsaws if required, will be provided.

This course takes place at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester. Please ensure you have transport.


  • £500


  • 9:30 - 16:30

Telephone for availability: 01452 702 529 or email

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Course Duration

2 Day
2 Day course
Course type:
Part Time
Part-time study options available

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