Who is the course for?
Anyone who wishes to sever uprooted stems (Stems that are still attached to the root plate)
You must already have NPTC units 201,202,203 & 301 (CS30, CS31 and CS32) qualifications and have suitable and relevant experience of 6 months or more. (This was unit CS34 & CS35 prior to June 2013)
2 days or 1 day for refresher
• Safe working practices
• Protective clothing
• Starting & pre-use checks
• Practical demonstrations & safe use
• A Safe working area, hazard analysis
• Use of Banksman
• Use of Winches
• Hazard analysis for uprooted stems attached to the root plate
• Hazard analysis for part blown / broken trees
• Different techniques for different situations
• Storage & transport.
• Legislative issues
• Environmental 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”, 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. Felling Lever/Breaker Bar, Plastic Wedges.
High Lift Wedges. Sledge Hammer.
Other Equipment: (PUWER compliant) Felling Lever/Breaker Bar. Plastic Wedges. High Lift Wedges. Sledge Hammer
Hand winch – 1.6 Ton Tirfor winch or equivalent. Strops- ideally 3 in number, 3 metres in length with min 2 ton loading capacity. Shackles – 2 in number, heavy duty, around 8 ton loading capacity. Winch pulley –minimum 3 ton loading capacity.
Some of the above can be hired for the course but not the assessment. Enquire when booking.
If booking more than one candidate, the above requirements for winch etc will do for a team of up to 4 candidates.
Personal First Aid Kit (must include large wound dressing). Non-snag outer clothing.
Please bring packed lunch and drinks for each day.
You will have been given advice and guidance on the assessments during the course. You will also be given feedback at the end of the training to help you prepare for your test. Please be aware that you will need to read the materials that you were given during the course and practice what the instructor has told you to do.
The test comprises a separate practical assessment with questions (about 3 – 4 hours) and is arranged through your local NPTC test centre. Lynher Training Ltd. are now registered as an NPTC test centre and can arrange these assessments if required.
Don’t forget that you will need to provide all your own equipment for the assessments
So please talk this over with your instructor. In some case the assessor can have access to “hired in” equipment but this must be arranged in advance – please contact Lynher Training at least a week before your test takes place if required.
You will be asked for some form of photographic ID before you can take your assessment, please have this with you.
Further assessment schedules are available from: 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