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Short Course Details

Tree Felling - 2018:19

Location:  Merrist Wood College
Course Code:  OC02CS0A026P
Year:  2018:19
Duration:  3 days
Attendance:  3 days
FT/PT:  Part-Time 
Level: X
Fund Type: C: No fee remission available on this course
Tuition Fees: £ 460
Exam Fees: £ 0
Start Dates: Data not currently available
Subject Area

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Content / Overview

The course includes:

  • Risk assessments and emergency procedures on a work site
  • Selecting and preparing equipment required for safe and effective felling
  • Felling small trees safely and accurately using appropriate methods
  • Felling trees weighted in the direction of fall using safe techniques
  • Felling trees weighted against the direction of fall using safe techniques
  • Removing branches safely in a manner appropriate to the branching habit
  • Crosscutting stems accurately and safely to a given length and diameter specification
  • Stacking timber using appropriate manual handling techniques
  • Taking down hung-up trees safely using appropriate hand tools

Why Study Here 

Courses are taught by experienced, highly skilled tutors who attend annual industry training programmes. The arboriculture workshops are fully resourced and the pro-active approach of the department ensures that all the chainsaws and related tools and equipment are up-to-date. Our worksites, located close to the campus, have been specifically chosen for the course, and are a mixture of plantation and open grown trees providing a realistic practical environment in preparation for the assessment.

Suitable For 

This course is designed to prepare a novice chainsaw user for the NPTC unit 203 assessment (previously known as unit CS 31).

Application Method 

Apply direct – no interview necessary

Entry Requirements 


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.

Further Study 

You could go on to other arboriculture or related courses

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 can be hired from the college for an extra cost.

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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