The training courses in these operations are aimed at you if you are:

  • An individual using a chainsaw for your own use
  • Self-Employed and wanting to extend your business opportunities
  • An employee needing occasional or regular chainsaw use
  • Requiring a nationally recognised qualification for insurance purposes.
Entry Requirements

You must be aged 17 years or over and be physically fit and able to complete the tasks involved.

Before starting the course it is recommended that you take a basic emergency first aid qualification.

City & Guilds Land Based Services (NPTC) courses are progressive and to progress through the units you must have successfully achieved the prior (mandatory) unit(s). Units can be assessed singly or in combination.

Skills and Knowledge Assessed (dependant on units)
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE requirements)
  • Maintenance of the power unit
  • Guide bar and chain maintenance
  • Safety features
  • Safe felling
  • Cross cutting
  • Pruning techniques
  • Taking down hung up trees
  • Climbing and aerial rescue
  • Using a chainsaw from rope and harness
Personal Protective Wear (PPE)

You should provide your own personal protective wear (PPE) and chainsaw; alternatively you can hire them from the college. Equipment must comply with legal requirements. Chainsaws must be accompanied by the manufacturer’s manual.

Reaseheath offers training and assessment in the following units:
Unit TitleDescriptionPre-requisitesDuration
First AidBasic Emergency First AidNil½ day
Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross cutting (replaces CS30.1
CS30.2)
Chainsaw Maintenance and On-site preparation and cross cutting including pre-start check and procedures. This includes work planning, cross cutting and stacking timberFirst Aid2 days
Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380 mm (replaces CS31)Fell Small Trees (tree diameter up to 380mm). Includes fell trees, de-limb conifers / small broadleaf crowns, cross cut and stacking timber and take down hung up trees using hand toolsLevel 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross cutting (replaces CS30.1
CS30.2)
3 days
Level 3 Award in Felling & Processing Trees over 380 mm (replaces CS32)Level 3 Award in Felling & Processing Trees over 380 mm (replaces CS32)Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross cutting (replaces CS30.1
CS30.2)

Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380 mm (replaces CS31)

3 days
Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (replaces CS38.1 & CS38.2)Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue (does not involve use of chainsaw)Nil4 days
Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-fall Techniques (replaces CS39)Chainsaw from Rope and Harness Using a range of cutting techniques whilst in the treeLevel 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross cutting (replaces CS30.1
CS30.2)

Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380 mm (replaces CS31)

Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (replaces 38)

3 days
Award in Aerial Tree Pruning (replaces CS40)Carry Out Pruning Operations – using a chainsaw and pruning tools from harness on medium sized trees, open grown trees, in conjunction with ground personLevel 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross cutting (replaces CS30.1
CS30.2)

Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380 mm (replaces CS31)

Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (replaces 38), Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-fall Techniques (replaces CS39)

3 days
Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (replaces CS41)Carry Out Dismantling Operations – Using a chainsaw and lowering equipment from a harness on medium trees, in conjunction with a ground person. Includes the use of climbing ironsAward in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross cutting (replaces CS30.1
CS30.2)

Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380 mm (replaces CS31)

Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (replaces 38), Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-fall Techniques (replaces CS39)

3 days