East Malling Short Courses

Forestry and Arboriculture Courses

Effective training is an essential requirement for ensuring tree work is carried out both safely and efficiently. All workers must be adequately trained and competent to carry out their job safely. To find out what the HSE say click here.

EMSC can supply training for any of the LANTRA or NPTC City & Guilds Forestry and Arboriculture qualifications. This is carried out by fully qualified and experienced LANTRA and NPTC City & Guilds trainers and assessors. We work in partnership with these trainers and assessors and use various training venues throughout the South East. We can also provide training at our site, please contact us to discuss this with us.

The most popular courses we offer are listed below, but please contact us if you cannot see what you need, as we will try to arrange dates and training to suit your requirements.


City & Guilds NPTC Refresher (CPD) Courses

Individuals who are qualified chainsaw operators, under Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) are required to have refresher training every 3-5 years.

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Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting (CS30)

This 2 day course covers all the theory needed to use and keep a chainsaw running safely, with sessions covering saw chain, guide bar, and power unit maintenance.

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Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting and Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (CS30-31)

This course combines the chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting course with the felling of trees up to 380mm to produce a comprehensive and intensive course over 5 days.

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Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (CS31)

This 4 day course is for people who already hold the chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting certificate of competence and would like to train to fell trees up to 380mm.

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Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm (CS32)

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

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Tree Climbing and Rescue (CS38)

This course combines the knowledge and skills to access a tree using a rope and harness and those required to carry out tree rescue.

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Tree Climbing and Rescue and Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques (CS38-39)

This course combines the tree climbing and rescue course with the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness course,to produce comprehensive training over 6 days.

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Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques (CS39)

This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques.

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Safe Use of a Powered Pole Pruner (CS48)

This qualification will enable you to prove your expertise in using a pole pruner. and show your ability to meet licence-to-practise standards.

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Safe Use of Stump Grinders (CSSG)

This course is essential if you use a stumpgrinder in the arboriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscaping or grounds maintenance industries.

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LANTRA Basic Tree Inspection

Our basic one day Tree Inspection Course aims to provide you with the knowledge to be able to identify a hazardous tree, determine the level of risk and then decide on an appropriate course of action.

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LANTRA Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting Refresher

Keep your chainsaw skills up to date with our refresher course. This course is for those who are already operating in industry and need to complete refresher training as set out in INDG317

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LANTRA Professional Tree Inspection

This 3 day LANTRA course, for experienced inspectors with an in-depth knowledge of plant and arboricultural science, will show you how to clearly and competently survey potentially hazardous trees.

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Certificate of Competence in the Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Equipment (LOLER)

Level 3 Award in Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Lifting Equipment.

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Safe Use of Manually Fed Wood-chipper

Our course will teach you how to operate a woodchipper safely and with confidence.

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