City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw using Free Fall techniques (Formerly CS39)

About the course

Unit 308 - Carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free fall techniques

Having successfully achieved NPTC 201, 202, 203, 206, 306 this course will provide practical experience of aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques as well as the relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice.

Entry Criteria

Pre-requisite units –

Unit 201 (CS30.1)

Unit 202 (CS30.2)

Unit 203 (CS31)

Unit 206 (CS38 – Tree climbing)

Unit 306 (CS38 – Aerial rescue)

Unit 308 is compulsory if you intend to use top handled saws.

It will be held over 2 days both on campus and at a suitable location that allows you practice in a tree whilst using a chainsaw.

Compulsory equipment required for "Use of Chainsaw" courses

Helmet (EN 12492) with chin strap, ear defenders and mesh visor ( complying with EN1731) (not exceeding 3 years old)

Chainsaw protective gloves* complying with EN 381-7

Chainsaw Trousers* –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

Personal First Aid Kit (containing a large wound dressing)


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

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

Climbing equipment and climbing chainsaws are available for use. If you would like to use your own climbing equipment, it will be at the discretion of the Tutor and must have all the current LOLER certificates.


C&G NPTC Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Pruning

Additional Information

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

**It is important that you have a higher than average level of fitness and advisable that you have first aid training before undertaking this course.**

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.