This page offers general equipment information, please see each course page for specific equipment requirements.
It is important that you are properly equipped for the course you are attending and that you bring any additional items, photos for ID cards, evidence of previous/other required qualifications if requested.
You will always be advised in advance of the course what you need to bring, but please contact us if you have any further questions.
In some cases we can hire out specialist items, such as protective clothing for chainsaw courses or ‘Strimmers’ for our Brushcutter/Trimmer course. Please click here for our hire list.
General Chainsaw Equipment (PPE Specifications)
- Helmet – To EN 397 and within manufacturers date recommendations (usually 3 years) Please Note: For climbing courses a chin strap is required (preferably to EN397). Eye protection including a Mesh Visor EN1731 or safety glasses to EN166 and Hearing protection to EN352 are also required.
- Trousers – CE stamped for chainsaw use – Class 1 / type C – EN 381-5 Full, all round protection with no damage to fibres.
- Boots – CE stamped for chainsaw use to EN 345-2 – wellington style or forestry boots. Please Note: For climbing courses specialist leather climbing boots are recommended
- Gloves – Mitts or gloves CE stamped for chainsaw use (EN 381-7)
- Jacket – NOT compulsory – protective chainsaw jackets are now widely available and recommended for tree work – all upper body clothing shoud be non-snag.
Chainsaw clothing is suitable for courses such as Strimmers / Brushcutters, Hedgetrimmers, Mowers, etc.
Machinery or Tool Use
Steel toe-capped workboots and heavy gloves are required for courses which involve machinery or tool use. Helmets, ear defenders and face protection may be required on some machinery courses (such as Abrasive wheels). In some instances this equipment can be provided.
You will need steel toe-capped workboots and rigger gloves for outdoor courses such as stonewalling, fencing, hedgelaying, etc. Please remember to bring sufficient warm and waterproof clothing appropriate to the expected weather conditions.
We would request that smart but casual clothing be worn for all classroom courses (such as Risk Assessment or Food Hygiene.) In the case of First Aid or Manual Handling a certain amount of practical work is involved therefore loose fitting clothing is most suitable and ladies are advised to wear trousers or leggings.
Tea & Coffee are provided for most classroom courses, for all other courses please remember to bring any drinks required as well as a packed lunch. There are facilities at some venues for snacks – please check first.
If you arrive without the correct protective clothing you may not be allowed to join the course. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you have the correct equipment. Equipment hire is also available for some types of training. We offer equipment hire for trainees participating in chainsaw courses. To apply for chainsaw equipment please download an application form.