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Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting



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Course Overview

This course is for individuals who operate chainsaws as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries. It will provide the individual with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to maintain a chainsaw and crosscut timber safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation.If you are an employer and require one or more employees to enrol onto this course please contact 0845 345 2235 or

What will I learn?

This course covers risk assessment, emergency planning, legislation, industry best practice, manufacturers recommendations for chainsaw maintenance, battery powered machine maintenance, individual components, maintaining guidebar and chain, reassembling a chainsaw and cutting system, waste disposal, personal protective equipment, biosecurity and environmental considerations, cross-cutting timber, moving and stacking timber, working methods and considerations.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

To gain this qualification, candidates must
successfully achieve the following assessments:
• One to one practical assessment with oral questioning by an NPTC City & Guilds approved assessor
Assessment lasts 2.5 - 3 hours and is aimed to be carried within 7 days of the training, subject to assessor availability.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. The minimum age for attendance on this course is 16 years.

Additional Costs and Information

You will need to bring the following items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the training and assessment:

Chainsaw protection trousers
Chainsaw protection boots
Chainsaw protection gloves
Chainsaw safety helmet (in date)

These must comply with current BS EN Standards. Please contact us if this is not available to you.

The purpose of the NPTC assessment is to prove occupational competence; further charges apply if re-assessment is required.

You are required to provide steel toe-capped safety boots and suitable outdoor clothing. A passport photograph is required at the start of the course for NPTC registration purposes.

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