Who is the course for?
Anyone using a chainsaw to fell small trees for work or domestic purposes.

Operators who work for certain organizations (e.g. Railtrack or the Forestry Commission), or who wish to continue to felling trees over 200mm, or to use a chainsaw in trees should attend the five day maintenance cross cutting and felling small trees training course in preparation for the NPTC assessment.

The course
4 days for novice or less experienced users.
2 days for experienced users i.e. 5 years experience recommended.
Includes assessment at end of course; practical assessment with short questions
Takes place in workshop on first day; second, third & fourth days in woodland.

Course Outline:
• Maintaining the guide bar and saw chain
• Engine Maintenance
• Safety features of a chainsaw
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Starting the chainsaw & pre-use checks
• Cross-cutting timber
• Stack timber
• Assessing the tree
• Brashing
• Escape Routes
• Felling using conventional cuts
• Felling using alternative methods
• Delimbing
• Dealing with hung-up trees
• Clearing site and chainsaw checks
• Safe working practices
• Storage & transport.
• Legislative issues.

What should you bring to the course?
Full Personal Protective Equipment: Chainsaw helmet (with mesh visor & ear defenders)
Chainsaw gloves, Steel toe-capped chainsaw work boots, Chainsaw trousers (Type C).
Chainsaw (maximum recommended guide bar length 380mm 15”, preferably over 40cc in good working order with the manual) Please make sure that the chain on the saw is new or nearly new, if in doubt bring a spare chain with the supplied box
Tool kit to include sharp files, knock-in vice, depth gauge, raker, plug, spanner & screwdrivers, felling lever. Fuel/2 stroke & Chain Oil.
The above can be hired for the course.
Personal First Aid Kit 2 Passport Photos. Non-snag outer clothing.
Please bring packed lunch and drinks for each day. and sufficient warm clothing & wet weather gear to allow for weather conditions. Sun protection is advised for those rare occasions that we see it – minimum recommended is SPF 15 but this can be higher depending on skin type.

Lantra Certificate of Competence
Refresher Training is recommended about every 5 years

For Individuals
Come and join us at our next ‘open course’ – please contact us for details or check
our website for dates and prices

For Groups
Please ask for more details if you would like us to come to your site.

All trainees must be over 16 years of age and be “physically fit”. Anyone under the age of 18 can only use a chainsaw under the supervision of a certificated operator. Persons with certain ailments or on certain medication may not be able to take part in the practical sessions.
First Aid training is strongly recommended by the HSE.


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