Level 3 Award in Aerial Pruning with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques

Independent NPTC Assessment

(Previously known as CS39)

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Prerequisite: Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting (CS30), Tree felling and processing (CS31), Basic tree climbing and perform aerial rescue (CS38).

This course is for people who work as Tree surgeons, Arborists. The course provides the knowledge and skill requirements for candidates to be assessed for City & Guilds (NPTC) regulated qualification (QCF).

The course lasts 2 consecutive days followed by a 1 day independent NPTC assessment (see timetable below).

Candidates are taught in both a workshop and woodland environment

Subjects covered include:

  • Legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness
  • Safety considerations to be observed when organising the site
  • Pre-start checks to the chainsaw will be carried out and
  • Demonstration techniques for hauling chainsaws in to the tree and attaching them to the harness
  • Secured working positions,
  • Use of various step and sink cuts along with final pruning cuts.
  • Safe and efficient practises when removing light and medium weight branches
  • Understanding of the duties and responsibilities of a competent ground person

Total Cost £546 (Capel Manor College students £414.50)
All candidates must bring their own personal protective equipment (PPE)
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 student
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