Who is the course for?
This course is perfect for those who will never need to fell trees, e.g. fencers, firewood loggers, builders, etc.
Operators who are working for certain companies (e.g. Railtrack or the Forestry Commission), or those wishing to continue to fell trees over 200mm, or use chainsaw in trees should attend a different training course which leads to a NPTC test for unit 201 & 202 (was CS30).
2 days for novice or less experienced users.
1 day for experienced users i.e. 3 years experience recommended.
Practical assessment with short questions at end of course
• Workshop Safety
• Maintaining guide bar and saw chain
• Engine maintenance
• Safety features of a chainsaw
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Starting the chainsaw & pre-use 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) to EN 397 and withinmanufacturers’ date recommendations (usually 3 years). Mesh Visor to EN1731 or safety glasses to EN166 and Hearing protection to EN352
Chainsaw gloves CE stamped for chainsaw use (EN 381-7)
Steel toe-capped chainsaw work boots, CE stamped for chainsaw use to EN 345-2 – wellington style or forestry boots.
Chainsaw trousers CE stamped for chainsaw use – Class 1 / type C – EN 381-5 Full, all round protection with no damage to fibres. Full protection types are compulsory for tree climbing or inexperienced ground users, Type A are permitted for experienced ground users only.
Jacket protective chainsaw jackets are now widely available and recommended for tree work but not compulsory – all upper body clothing should be non-snag.
Chainsaw (recommended guide bar length 380mm 15”, 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 sharpening equipment – sharp files, knock-in vice, depth gauge, raker (Guide bar cleaner), plug spanner & screwdrivers. Fuel/2 stroke & Chain Oil.
The above – excluding jackets – can be hired for the course.
5 metre tape measure–for measuring felled timber – a cheap one is ok
Personal First Aid Kit (must include large wound dressing).
A passport – style photo either hard copy or .jpeg file
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.
Come and join us at our next ‘open course’ – please contact us for details or check
our website for dates and prices
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.