COURSE CODE 308
1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of vertigo, epilepsy, etc.
2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment (chainsaw trousers should be ‘all round’ type C & safety helmet should have chinstrap); NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.
3. Participants must hold NPTC units CS30, either 31 or 37, and CS38.
1. Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree climbing and use of a chainsaw from a rope & harness.
2.Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain the minimum equipment prescribed whilst demonstrating an understanding of LOLER/PUWER regulations, etc.
3. Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent ground person. Are able to fulfil the duties & responsibilities of a competent groundsperson.
4. Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient working within the tree crown. Secure work positions. Understand and differentiate between ‘work positioning & fall arrest’ systems.
5. Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever light & medium weight branches using chainsaws. The 1-2-3 method of branch removal, appropriate use of step/sink cuts and target pruning must be demonstrated.
6. Is aware of, and able to apply: the procedures for pre-use inspection of ladders and the safe use of ladders for entry into the tree; alternative access methods.
7. Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them. Must undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology.
8. Is able to use top-handled & rear-handled chainsaws in a safe and efficient manner.
DURATION & AWARD
1. Normal course duration is up to 4 days.
2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS39.
Previous City and Guild Course reference CS39