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Ground Based Chainsaw Operator - Experienced Operator Refresher

About the course

In line with the new FISA ( Forestry Industry Safety Accord) guidelines, post the compliance date, 1st October 2013, everyone will need to demonstrate their refresher training record. Employers need to record and plan for this training.

For regular chainsaw users this is every 5 years and for occasional users every 2/3 years

This three day Lantra Awards registered course will refresh all aspects as well as updating you on legislation changes and showing you the latest techniques.

Course Content

  • PPE
  • Safety and health features of a chainsaw
  • Maintenance of chainsaws
  • Fuelling and starting a chainsaw and performing pre-cutting checks
  • Adjusting the chainsaw
  • Felling small diameter trees
  • De-limbing trees
  • Cross-cutting timber
  • Additional felling techniques
  • Take-down of hung-up trees
  • Clearing site and chainsaw checks

Entry Criteria

This refresher training is for existing NPTC certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross cutting and Felling up to 380mm holders.

Equipment Required for "Use of Chainsaw" Courses


Safety Helmet - Groundwork (HSE Recommended EN 397 with ear protection to EN 352 -3 & mesh visor to EN 1731) (Not exceeding 3 years old)

Chainsaw protective Gloves (HSE Recommended to EN 381-7)

Chainsaw Trousers (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


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 acceptable)

Additional Information

The above PPE, chainsaw, equipment etc. must be provided by the candidate attending

Felling sites used for the training may be up to 1 hour's drive from the main college campus and therefore to access these you must have your own transport (public transport would not be suitable)


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