East Malling Short Courses

Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm (CS32)


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Cost: £595
Duration: 3 Days
Certification: Level 3 NPTC City & Guilds or LANTRA
Assessment Type: 1/2 day practical independent or integrated assessment
(The cost of the assessment is included in the cost of the course)
Course Prerequisites: See below

This 3 or 4 day course will instruct on the directional felling of trees over 380mm using a chainsaw

The felling technique will be appropriate to tree size, weight, condition and species as well as taking into account guidebar size and weather conditions. The 3 day course will require an extra day for an independent assessment. The 4 day course will include an integrated assessment with the instructor.

Course objectives:

  • Identify hazards and risks, and produce a risk assessment for the site
  • Agree appropriate emergency plans/procedures for the worksite
  • Organise site safety in compliance with current good practice and relevant health and safety legislation, and state the procedures required
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Assess the work site for environmental impact
  • Fell trees over 380mm/15”
  • Assess a leaning tree and the safest method of felling
  • Make accurate felling cuts in the correct positions
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and methodical manner
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms tension and compression in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner
  • Assess a hung-up tree and the safest method of takedown
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective takedown
  • Check on the safety of takedown tools
  • Make accurate severing cuts in the correct positions
  • Select and use hand tools safely
  • Take down hung-up trees to a safe and stable position
  • State techniques which must not be used for the takedown of hung-up trees.

You will require a good level of manual and physical dexterity to complete this course successfully.

You must be 18 or over to attend this training with us.
You must also hold the NPTC units 002003 (old CS30) and 002004 ( old unit CS31) or equivalents before taking this training.

You will be required to provide your own PPE and equipment. Please ensure that each item is in a good state of repair and meets current British Safety approved standards.

Please wear suitable outdoor clothing appropriate to the training and the weather conditions.

You will need to bring your own drinks and lunch for the day.

You will need to supply:

  • Chainsaw
  • Chainsaw boots
  • Chainsaw protective trousers
  • Chainsaw gloves
  • British safety standard helmet with ear defenders and visor
  • Non snag upper body clothing
  • Tool kit for saw
  • A personal first aid kit
  • A whistle
  • Loggers tape
  • Pair of tongs
  • Large felling bar
  • Belt &holster (optional)
  • Fuel for chainsaw
  • A suitable winch: TIRFOR T516D or  equivalent, must have minimum 1500-1600kg straight pull capability.
  • Please note that the strop for the winch must be ‘lolered’ and in excess of the breaking load of the winch.
  • A redirect pulley for the winch (must be rated)
  • Some equipment might be available for hire, please ask us about this.


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