Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm in Diameter Course

Who would benefit from this course?

  • Novice and experienced chainsaw fellers
  • Frequent and occasional chainsaw operators
  • Those required to operate chainsaws for 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

  • 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

Three days practical training plus a one day assessment

What qualification does it give?

Candidates can choose from either:

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm
    or
  • Lantra Awards Certificate

How much does it cost?

£345 plus VAT plus £100 NPTC City and Guilds Registration and Assessment fee plus VAT