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Chainsaw Maintenance, Basic Operation & Felling Small Trees

Chainsaw Maintenance, Basic Operation & Felling Small Trees



This payment is for external delegates. Current Hartpury students should pay for their short courses through the ‘Additional courses for FE students’ section of the product catalogue, where the student discount is applied.

This is a five-day training course leading towards a City & Guilds NPTC assessment for the awards - Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting and Felling Small Trees up to 380mm (formerly CS30/31). The first two days of the course will be spent at Hartpury College with the following days spent in various woodlands around the county.

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Courses are from 9am to 4.30pm and last 5 days.


Detailed Description

Course Content:

Safety clothing - HSE standards, various types Safety regulations Identification of safety features of chainsaw and legal requirements Safety awareness and chainsaw use Maintenance and working knowledge of power unit and cutting mechanism Safe starting procedures Safe use of chainsaw for cross cutting Handling and stacking procedure Cross cutting whole tree lengths Safety awareness, site consideration and legal constraints Related hazards of tree felling Felling of trees up to guide bar length (recommended 15") Branch removal techniques Take down of hung up trees  Progression

Protective Clothing includes: Chainsaw boots Chainsaw gloves Chainsaw helmet with visor and ear muffs Chainsaw trousers. Front protection only required for ground based courses (type/design A) however all round protection (type/design C) will be required if progressing on to Aerial courses

Chainsaw equipment includes: Serviceable chainsaw (recommended 15 inch guide bar) Chainsaw toolkit sharpening files and gauges to suit cutting chain appropriate spanners screwdriver soft brush and cloth for cleaning dirt from chainsaw parts Chainsaw fuel mix and cutting bar oil for your chainsaw Students must bring 2 passport sized photos, pen and notepad, packed lunch and suitable drinks Note: Attendance on this course does not automatically achieve the Certificate of Competence

Assessment will take place on a separate day which will be arranged via the course tutor.

Price includes use of equipment and protective clothing, NPTC assessment and registration fees.



The locations will be advised daily and, as you will be required to make your own way there, please provide your own transport and ensure that you have an up-to-date road map for your convenience.

Students may use their own protective clothing and serviceable chainsaw as long as they comply with safety standards. Anyone who does not have their own equipment and protective clothing can obtain them from Hartpury College. If you have any particular clothing requirements, please contact us