Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting Course

Who is this course for?

  • Novice and experienced chainsaw operators
  • Frequent and occasional chainsaw operators
  • Those required to maintain and operate chainsaws for cross cutting
  • Those working in roles within the forestry, agriculture, horticulture, woodland, local authorities and conservation sectors

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

How long is the course?

Two days practical training plus a one day assessment

What qualification does it give?

Candidates can chose from:

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting – independent assessment
  • Lantra Awards – integrated training and assessment

How much does it cost?

£255 plus VAT plus £125 NPTC City and Guilds Registration and Assessment fee plus VAT or £30 Lantra Registration and Assessment fee plus VAT

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