Who is the course for?
Anyone using a chainsaw in a tree. You must already have NPTC Maintenance and Cross Cutting, Felling Small Trees (Unit 201,202,203 or previously CS30 and 31), and NPTC Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (Unit 206,306 or previously CS38) qualifications. First Aid training strongly recommended.
2 days training
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Tree climbing equipment
• Rope configurations
• Tree access
• Tree Identification
• Work positioning
• Light branch removal
• Tree descent
• Flip lines and spikes
• Aerial rescue
Course content can on occasions vary to suit clients’ requirements
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 (can be top handled 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 serviceable, if in doubt bring a spare chain with the supplied box Tool kit to include sharpening equipment, knock-in vice, depth gauge, raker, plug spanner & screwdrivers.
Fuel/2 stroke & Chain Oil. 13mm diameter pre stretched tree rope by 35m long
Climbing Harness, whip tails / prussicks, Karabinas (triple action x 5), Hand saw (Silky or Bow). All support equipment must comply with LOLER. The above will be provided on the course but will be required for the assessment. Personal First Aid Kit (must include large wound dressing). Non snag outer clothing. Please bring packed lunch and drinks for each day.
Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-fall Techniques – Equipment List
Work Trousers – (not shorts)
Gloves – optional
Helmet with chinstrap
Boots – stout footwear, steel toe-caps or chainsaw/climbing boots (must have good tread)
First Aid Kit (with whistle & knife with retractable blade)
Climbing Rope – 13mm diameter Pre- stretched Tree Rope by 35metres long
Approved tree climbing harness in good condition, CE marked
2 self locking, triple action karabiners
3 self locking or screw-gate karabiners for attaching tools
one maillon rapide
2 whip tails (or lengths of rope 11mm or 12mm and 2 to 3 metres long)
one prussic loop or similar for rescues
Spikes – will probably be required for assessment, but not necessarily for training
Use of Chainsaw from a Rope & Harness (CS39)
Chainsaw – 15” guide bar or less with correct and appropriate tools
Fuel / oil
Chainsaw Helmet with visor, ear defenders & chinstrap (CE marked)
Chainsaw Gloves (CE marked)
Chainsaw Trousers – type C (CE marked)
Chainsaw Boots (CE marked)
Note: We are able to provide ropes and harness for training, strictly by arrangement in advance of training. Please ensure that you contact us if you would like us to provide climbing equipment.
As with all outdoor courses, several thin layers of warm clothing are better than one thick layer.
Separate practical assessment with questions (about 3-4 hours) through an NPTC
centre. Individuals normally arrange their own assessment with their local NPTC
centre once they have completed their training.
Assessment Schedule available at http://www.nptc.org.uk/qualificationschemes.aspx?id=3
On successful completion of assessment – NPTC Certificate of Competence
Refresher Training is recommended about every 3 years.
Come and join us at our next ‘open course’ – please contact us for details or check
our website for dates and prices
Do you have a group?
Our instructor may be able to come to your site/workplace – please ask for details
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