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

About the course


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.

What are the entry requirements?

Candidates must hold the following Chainsaw qualifications

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.

Students are expected to provide their own equipment and PPE, they cannot be borrowed for training or assessment – see further information below.

It is advised that students hold a current First Aid certificate before taking this training.

How long is the course?

It will be held over 2 days with the assessment a separate day usually the following week.

How long will I be learning?

2 days with an assessment usually the following week, please allow a full day for this.

What equipment will I need?

Equipment Required for "Use of Chainsaw" Courses


Safety Helmet - Climbing (HSE Recommended EN 12492 with ear protection to EN 352 -3 & mesh visor to EN 1731)

Chainsaw protective Gloves (HSE Recommended to EN 381-7), grippy/works style gloves

Chainsaw Trousers Class C (HSE Recommended to EN 381-5 (Chainsaw chaps are not suitable for College training)

Chainsaw Boots (HSE Recommended to EN 381-3) (Spats are not suitable for College training)

For further information, view the following link http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/safety-topics/chainppe.htm


Personal First Aid Kit (containing a large wound dressing)


Sharp knife

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

Hi visibility vest (short sleeved is acceptable)

Additional Information

The instructor reserves the right to withdraw the training to candidates if the PPE or equipment is not in a safe condition.

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. The instructor reserves the right to stop anyone using equipment they consider unfit for use.

How will I know if I am making progress?

The tutor will give feedback and guidance on the techniques, and you will build on the skills you learnt the previous day.

What course work will I be expected to complete?


What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?

A whole range of further chainsaw courses including

Level 3 CG Award in Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm (Formerly CS32)

Level 2 CG Award in the Safe Use of a Manually Fed Wood Chipper (ITA)

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