Three days

Group Size

Maximum of 4 learners

Who should attend

This course is suitable for the novice operator with little or no experience of chainsaw felling, who are required to operate chainsaws for felling to guide bar length.


To be eligible to participate, learners must have undertaken the following courses: – • NPTC/Lantra CS30 qualification or training

Course aims

The course aims to ensure learners are aware how to safely operate chainsaws for felling to the guide bar length.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of the course the learner will cover the following content:

  • Correctly assess the situation prior to free felling a straight open grown tree up to a maximum of 380mm diameter, and with the aid of wedges and/or felling lever, fell it in a chosen direction.
  • Remove limbs from felled trees and cross cut, handle and and stack timber in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Identify types of timber, potential hazards and stresses, correctly assess if timber is in compression or tension, and select the appropriate technique to deal with the particular situation

Take down hung up trees using hand tools.

  • Recognise situations where specialist help is required

Certification: Upon successful completion of the end of course assessment the candidates will receive a certificate of attendance supplied by the training provider.

NB: Learners must supply their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for this course.