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Short Course Details

Chainsaw Use from a Rope and Harness - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OC02CS0A010P
Year:  2018:19
Duration:  2 Days
Attendance:  09.00-17.00
FT/PT:  Part-Time 
Level: X
Fund Type: C: No fee remission available on this course
Tuition Fees: £ 330
Exam Fees: £ 0
17/06/2019Places Available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

The course includes:

- Identifying, inspecting and commenting on key parts of the equipment to be used
- Preparing the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment
- Operating a chainsaw whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness
- Performing a range of cutting techniques

Why Study Here 

Courses are taught by experienced, highly skilled tutors who attend annual specific industry training programmes. The arboriculture workshops are fully resourced with all the tools and equipment needed for the course. The pro-active approach of the department ensures that all the chainsaws and related tools and equipment are up-to-date with technology and current legislation.
Our worksites, located close to the campus, have been specifically chosen for the course to provide an opportunity to practice the skills required for assessment.

Suitable For 

This course is designed to prepare an experienced climber/chainsaw operator for the NPTC Units 308 (previously known as unit 39 assessment).

This course is intended for proficient tree climbers. Although not a pre-requisite, you should ideally have climbing experience over and above a week long tree climbing and aerial rescue course.

Application Method 

Apply direct – no interview necessary

Entry Requirements 

For experienced climbers and chainsaw users only, trainees must already possess NPTC units 201, 202 and 203 (formerly known as units 30 31) and units 206 and 306.

This course is intended for proficient tree climbers. Although not a pre-requisite, you should ideally have climbing experience over and above a week long tree climbing and aerial rescue course.

Delivery Method 

Through a variety of practical and theory lessons


Details on how to apply for the NPTC assessment will be given on the course. Please note that the cost of the assessment is not included in the course fee.

Further Study 

Go on to other arboriculture courses or use a chainsaw in a tree commercially.

Additional Information 

The cost includes all instruction and use of equipment but not NPTC registration and assessment fees or use of personal protective clothing (which could be a maximum of £450). PPE can be hired from the college - or you may have your own, which needs to be:

  • Chainsaw protective boots (complying with EN 20345) 
  • Chainsaw protective helmet (complying with EN 397)
  • Ear defenders (complying with EN 352)
  • Face Visor (complying with EN 1731/Safety Glasses EN 166)
  • Chainsaw protective trousers (type C) (complying with EN 381-5)
  • Chainsaw protective gloves (complying with EN 381-7)
  • A first aid kit (to include large wound dressing)

Please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance Team on 01483 884040 for further information or email

All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').


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