Who is the course for?
This is an advanced course for tree surgeons who already hold units 201,202,203,206,306 &308 (was CS30,31,38 & 39) as well as reasonable tree climbing experience and their own equipment. First Aid training is strongly recommended.
2 days training – not including the assessment.
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Tree climbing equipment
• Rope configurations
• Tree rigging equipment
• Hazard Identification
• Tree Identification
• Work positioning
• Estimating load bearing
• Different Techniques and their uses
• Tree descent
• Safety of Ground Staff
• Environmental issues
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 – 12” – 15” guide bar with 3/8” or low profile chain is advised with correct and appropriate tools. Top handled saws are best but quite expensive & cannot be used on the ground. Rear handled saws are more versatile but need to be quite small – 35cc is good for general purpose work but can be a little small for general ground use.
knock-in vice, depth gauge, raker, plug spanner & screwdrivers.
Fuel/2 stroke & Chain Oil. 13mm diameter pre stretched tree rope at least 35m long.
Climbing Harness, whip tails / prussicks, positioning lanyard, Karabinas (triple action x 4), Hand saw (Silky or Bow).
All support equipment must comply with LOLER.
If available you should also bring the following: Rigging Rope, Friction Hitch/es (optional), Rigging Pulley, Rope Brake, Strops, Steel Karabinas, Spikes. All this will be discussed in detail on the first day and spares will be available for use during the course. All the equipment is readily available and will need to be acquired prior to the separate NPTC assessments.
Personal First Aid Kit (must include large wound dressing & whistle). Non snag outer clothing. Please bring packed lunch and refreshments for each day.
This is a newly introduced (June 2013) course and the instructor cannot assess candidates for this unit on the day of training. 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 5 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