City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operator (Formerly CS30 & CS31)

About the course

Unit 201 - Maintenance of the Chainsaw and Cutting System

Unit 202 - Cross-Cut Timber Using a Chainsaw

Unit 203 - Fell and Process Trees up to 380mm

This training course will cover modules required for the safe operation of a chainsaw on the ground, including working safely, maintenance of the chainsaw and cutting system, operational chainsaw checks, legislation and industry good practice and cross-cutting timber with a chainsaw. You will also cover felling and processing trees up to 380mm, removing branches from felled trees and taking down hung up trees.


Assessments will be arranged to take place after training has been completed (usually the following week).

You will be given the date and time during the training

Compulsory Equipment Required for "Use of Chainsaw" Courses

Helmet (Groundwork EN 397) with ear defenders and mesh visor ( complying with EN1731) (not exceeding 3 years old)

If you are considering progressing on to the tree climbing unit CS38 then a climbing helmet ( EN 12492) is recommended with ear defenders and visor

Chainsaw protective gloves* complying with EN 381-7

Chainsaw Trousers* – Type A (Minimum ) Type B (Preferred) for Ground Units only or Type C to include Tree climbing Work ( Chaps are not acceptable)

Chainsaw Boots* complying with EN345-2 (spats are not acceptable)

* These items should carry the CE chainsaw logo

Chainsaw - Max 15inch guide bar length with sufficient fuel and chain oil

Personal First Aid Kit (containing a large wound dressing)


Suitable non snag outdoor clothing including waterproofs, you should be prepared for all weather conditions.

General chainsaw maintenance equipment, including a chain filing kit etc.

Hi visibility vest, short sleeved is fine.

All PPE and chainsaw must be provided by the person attending it can not be borrowed from the college for the training or the assessment.

Further information view the following link

Felling sites maybe up to 1 hour's drive from the main college and therefore to access these you must have your own transport (buses are not suitable)


C&G NPTC Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm Unit 301 (Formerly CS32)

Additional Information

The fees include NPTC administration, registration and assessment charges. Any re-tests are not included

PLEASE NOTE: Pre booking a course place is essential. See below for details.

Arboriculture at Myerscough

Myerscough introduced the UK’s first Foundation Degree, the first Honours Degree, the first online Degree and, most recently, the first Masters Degree in Arboriculture. We have a highly experienced team of staff who are well regarded in the industry and regularly deliver training and seminars to those working and researching the subject. The College boasts fantastic arboriculture facitilities and is home to the purpose built National Centre for Arboriculture, a state of the art teaching facility for the subject.