Level 2 Award in Ground-Based Chainsaw Operations

Course overview

This course is ideal if you work or wish to work in the arboriculture or forestry profession.

The course lasts for five days followed by a one-day independent NPTC assessment. You will be taught in both a workshop and woodland environment. 

Courses can run at one of our other campuses when in demand. Please contact us to discuss arrangements. All prices include hire of equipment (£35 for external candidates/£10 for Capel Manor College students). All chainsaw assessments require a £350 deposit for a non-student or £50 for a Capel Manor College student. 

You will learn

  • How to carry out maintenance (both preventative and corrective) of a chainsaw and cutting system
  • How to conduct operational chainsaw checks
  • Health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • How to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw
  • A range of felling techniques for trees up to 380mm
  • How to remove branches from felled trees using a chainsaw
  • How to take down hung-up trees
  • How to cross-cut felled trees
Entry requirements
  • You must bring your own personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Prior knowledge of working with a chainsaw is desirable but not essential