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NPTC Award in Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques

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2 days

Part time


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Course Overview

Whether you’re a tree surgeon, or work in forestry, amenity or utility arboriculture, if you fell trees on a professional basis, particularly by climbing them and using free-fall techniques, this is the course for you.

lumberjack worker with chainsaw in his hands saws fallen tree, chips and dust fly upwards, against blue sky.
lumberjack worker with chainsaw in his hands saws fallen tree, chips and dust fly upwards, against blue sky.

What will I learn?

Core modules will teach you how to prepare sites, equipment and staff, use correct climbing procedures and techniques, and correct cutting techniques. You'll also learn about legislation, risk assessments and PPE.

Entry Requirements

Learners must have successfully completed the following NPTC Assessments to be able to be assessed for this module: CS30, CS31 and CS38.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The NPTC assessment takes place on a separate day. Subject to assessor availability, this is usually within seven days of the training.

Further NPTC charges will apply for Re-Assessment if required.

Additional Costs and Information

Candidates need to be physically fit and have a head for heights.

Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing or overalls and footwear. 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.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses


Career Opportunities

  • Landscape Designer
  • Head Gardener
  • Horticultural Lecturer

  • Garden Designer
  • Arboriculture Specialist
  • Grounds Maintenance Operative

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