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NPTC Units 002003 002004 (formally Cs30 and 31) Combined Chainsaw Course

A mandatory course for professionals working in the public domain

Course Content

NPTC Unit 002003 Maintenance & Operating a Chainsaw

  • On-site Risk Assessment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Identifying the safety features on a chainsaw
  • Maintenance of the power unit
  • Guide bar and chain maintenance
  • Starting procedures
  • Site safety considerations
  • Cross-cutting timber accurately to required lengths
  • Understanding the terms 'tension' and 'compression'
  • Correct procedures for removing a trapped saw safely
  • Handling and stacking timber in a safe manner

NPTC Unit 002004 Fell and Process Small Trees

  • On-site Risk Assessment and emergency procedures
  • Organising site safety
  • Assessing trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Assessing leaning trees and safest method of felling
  • Felling upright and leaning trees safely
  • Taking down hung-up trees
  • De-limbing and effective processing of felled trees

Course Dates

NPTC Units 002003 002004 (formally Cs30 and 31) Combined Chainsaw Course

 Please read the following information before booking:

Please note that by booking on to our courses you agree to our terms and conditions.

This course is self catered and non residential, the price includes the NPTC assesment fees.

26 November 2018 FULL

Course: NPTC Combined Chainsaw Course

Training: 26-30th - Nov 2018

Assessment: 1 or 2 Dec 2018

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Start Time: 9.00 am

Completion Time: 4.30 pm

Course Leader: John Rhyder

Course Size: 4 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £755 (Deposit £150)

11 Feb 2019

Course: NPTC Combined Chainsaw Course

Training: 11-15 Feb 2019

Assessment: 16 or 17 Feb 2019

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Start Time: 9.00 am

Completion Time: 4.30 pm

Course Leader: John Rhyder

Course Size: 4 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £755 (Deposit £150)

Course Reviews

Scott Batty

February 2018- Woodcraft School

I came to the course as someone who had only ever felled trees using axes and handsaws before (learnt from another course with John) but having never used a chainsaw before, let alone maintained one. But it turned out I wasn't the only person new to it on the course and thanks to John's first class teaching over 5 days, I passed my assessments with the independent assessor that weekend. You need to bring your own chainsaw and kit (including PPE) but there is a kit list so you can easily check you've got everything. I was a bit apprehensive about the assessment, but Martin the assessor was also a very nice person and did his best to make us feel ease. Thoroughly recommended.

Andrew Donaldson

November 2012- Woodcraft School

I can thoroughly recommend this course. It is a beautiful location set in an old wood, John Rhyder is an excellent coach. He did not labour all of the details of the course in a boring way, but covered the essentials and instructed and advised as you were doing the work. You were expected to do a little homework each day to familiarise yourself with the next days tasks. The price was also very good. Some equipment is available but it is essential to provide your own protective clothing. Hot drinks are available all day (very welcome) and you bring your own lunch. Excellent coaching and a relaxed, practical, working course.


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