Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Basic Felling Course (up to 380mm diameter)

Who would benefit from this course?

  • Novice and experienced chainsaw fellers
  • Frequent and occasional chainsaw operators
  • Those required to operate chainsaws for both cross cutting and felling to guide bar length
  • Those working in roles within the forestry, agriculture, horticulture, woodland, local authorities and conservation sectors
  • The course is designed to prepare candidates for independent assessment for NPTC Licence to Practice (Unit 31) or Lantra Awards Licence to practice.

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
  • 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

How long is the course?

Six days practical training plus a one day assessment

What qualification does it give?

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting
And
City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to to 380mm

How much does it cost?

£570 plus VAT plus £225 NPTC City and Guilds Registration and Assessment fee plus VAT