Chainsaw Crosscutting, Maintenance and Felling Refresher Course

Who is the course for?

  • Those wishing to comply with HSE recommendations
  • Those who are frequent users and have the NPTC City & Guilds Level 2 or 3 Awards in Felling and Processing Trees up to or over 380mm  (or equivalent) which was taken more than 5 years ago
  • Those who are occasional users and have the NPTC Level 2 Award in Felliing and Processing Trees up to or over 380mm (or equivalent) which was taken more than 3 years ago
  • Those who are frequent users and have the City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting (or equivalent) which was taken more than 5 years ago
  • Those who are occasional users and have the City & Guilds NPTC 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting (or equivalent) which was taken more than 3 years ago

What are the course objectives?

  • State and identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
  • State and identify the required health and safety features on a chainsaw
  • Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment, decide those fixable by the operator and those which need a service engineer’s attention
  • Select and identify the correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and note the procedures if these are failed
  • State the possible hazards when using the chainsaw
  • Cross cut timber to appropriate lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Stack and handle timber in a safe manner
  • Organise site safety and state the precautions required

Up to 380mm

  • Correctly assess the situation prior to free felling a straight open grown tree up to a maximum of 380mm diameter, with the aid of wedges and/or a felling leaver and enable the tree to fall in a chosen direction
  • Remove limbs from a felled tree and cross cut, handle and stack timber in a safe and efficient manner
  • Identify types of timber, potential hazards and stresses, correctly assess if timber is in compression or tension and select the appropriate technique to deal with the particular situation
  • Take down hung up trees using hand tools
  • Recognise situations where specialist help is required

Over 380mm

  • State the regulations and safety requirements relating to chainsaw use
  • Assess trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Use appropriate techniques and aids to take down trees
  • De-limb trees using appropriate and safe techniques
  • Cross-cut safely to correct lengths
  • Handle and stack timber
  • Fell large trees between one and two times the guide bar length using correct cuts, stance and felling aids
  • Take down trees using winches

How long is the course?

Two days – either Lantra Assessed or non-assessed

What qualification does it give?

Lantra Awards Certificate

How much does it cost?

£245 plus VAT plus £25 Lantra Registration and Assessment fee plus VAT