Who is the course for? 

Anyone who is required to maintain and operate chainsaws for cross cutting where the NPTC certificate is required by the company (e.g. Railtrack or the Forestry Commission) or those wishing to go on to fell trees over 200mm or to use a chainsaw in a tree.

The course
2 days training for novice or less experienced users.
1 day training for experienced users i.e. 3 years experience recommended.
All training is in preparation for the NPTC assessments

Course Outline:
• Workshop Safety
• Maintaining guide bar and saw chain
• Engine Maintenance
• Safety features of a chainsaw
• Personal protective equipment
• Starting a chainsaw & pre-use checks
• Safe working practices
• Storage & transport.
• Cross-cutting timber
• Stack timber
• Legislative issues.
• Pre-NPTC Assessment guidance


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”) in good working order, with manual. Tool kit to include sharpening equipment, knock-in vice, depth gauge, raker, plug spanner & screwdrivers. Fuel & Chain Oil.
The above can be hired for the course but not the assessment.

Personal First Aid Kit (must include large wound dressing). 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.

NPTC Assessment
(This is not a part of the training course):
You will be given an application form for your test during the course and given advice and guidance on the application procedure. You will also be given feedback at the end of the training to help you prepare for your test.

The test comprises a separate practical assessment with questions (about 2 hours) and is arranged through one of the local NPTC test centres. Individuals normally arrange their own assessments direct with the test centre, but we can assist in this process if required. It is normal practice for students to apply once they have completed their training, this can give students time to practice or read up on their notes. It can also spread the cost a little as the assessments are quite expensive.

Some students prefer to go straight to their assessments within a few days of the course, if you want to do this the application form would need to be submitted to the NPTC test centre (with payment) in advance of the course and a date arranged. We can email you an application form that you can use for this – please ask.

You will need to provide a passport photo to NPTC with the test application.

Don’t forget that you will need to provide all your own equipment for the assessments
Assessment Schedule available at http://www.nptc.org.uk/qualificationschemes.aspx?id=3

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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