Chainsaw & Arborist Training

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201: Basic Chainsaw Training (Chainsaw Maintenance)

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES FOR BASIC CHAINSAW TRAINING

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc.
2. Minimum age 16yrs for all chainsaw courses.
3. Participants can use own Personal Protective Equipment or we can provide it if required ; City and Guilds/NPTC Level 2 Assessment.  2 passport sized photograph are required.

COURSE OBJECTIVES IN CHAINSAW TRAINING

1. Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain top or rear handled chainsaws in workshop and field conditions. Includes starting procedures and pre-work checks.
2. Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent chainsaw operator.
3. Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient cross-cutting operations.
4. Participants undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology.

DURATION & AWARD

1. Normal course duration is up to 2 days.
2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for City and Guilds/NPTC units 201 & 202 (CS30) in Chainsaw Training

This is a level 2 award.

Previous City and Guild Chainsaw Course reference – CS30

203: Basic Chainsaw Training (Processing & Felling Trees Up To 380mm)

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES FOR CHAINSAW TRAINING

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc.
2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied
3. Passport sized photographs are required.

COURSE OBJECTIVES FOR THIS CHAINSAW TRAINING

Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree felling operations (conifers and/or broadleaved trees).

Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent chainsaw operator.

Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever lightweight branches during snedding operations.

Participants understand and demonstrate safe take down of hung-up trees using hand tools.

Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them, including tree felling techniques and tree inspection.

Participants undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology.

DURATION & AWARD

1. Normal course duration of this chainsaw course is up to 3 days
2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC/City & Guilds competence unit 203.

Previous City and Guild Course reference for this chainsaw training course : CS31

205: Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruners

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc.
2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment (as per AFAG guidance); NPTC Assessment Schedules (can be supplied on request) & 1 passport sized photograph.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to pole pruning operations.
2. Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain the pole pruner to prescribed standards. Includes; starting/stopping, transportation, cutting system requirements & other routine maintenance where necessary.
3. Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient working with the pole pruner. Demonstrate knowledge of exclusion zone requirements, 1,2,3 step cuts, operational safety checks & environmental considerations, etc.
4. Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them.
5. Participants undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology including emergency procedures.

 DURATION & AWARD

  1. Normal course duration is up to 1 days.
  2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS48.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS48.

306: Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

BASIC TREE CLIMBING & AERIAL RESCUE TECHNIQUES

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

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; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree climbing and aerial rescue techniques.

2. Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain the minimum equipment prescribed.

3.Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent ground person.

4.Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient working within the tree crown.

5.Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever lightweight branches using hand tools.

6.Participants understand and differentiate between ‘work positioning & fall arrest’ systems.

7.Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them, including tree rescue techniques and tree inspection.

8.Participants undertake tree rescue techniques with & without the use of mechanical aids.

 DURATION & AWARD

1.         Normal course duration is up to 5 days.
2.        Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS38.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS38

301: Felling & Processing Trees over 380mm

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc. Experienced operator

2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.

3. Participants must hold NPTC units 201 & 202 (Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross-cutting)

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree felling operations (conifers and/or broad leaved trees).

2. Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain rear handled chainsaws in workshop and field conditions. Includes starting procedures and pre-work checks.

3. Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent chainsaw operator.

4. Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient cross-cutting operations.

5. Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever lightweight branches during snedding operations.

6. Participants understand and demonstrate safe take down of hung-up trees using hand tools.

7. Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them, including tree felling techniques and tree inspection.

8. Participants undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology.

DURATION & AWARD

1. Normal course duration is up to 3 days.
2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit 301.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS32.

Maximum 6 participants on each course.

302: Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees Using Chainsaw

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc. Experienced operator.

2.  Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.

3. Participants must hold City & Guilding 201, 202, 301 (NPTC units CS30, CS31 and CS 32).

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree felling operations (conifers and/or broadleaved trees).

2. Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain rear handled chainsaws in workshop and field conditions. Includes starting procedures and pre-work checks.

3. Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent chainsaw operator.

4. Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient cross-cutting operations.

5. Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever lightweight branches during snedding operations.

6. Participants understand and demonstrate safe take down of hung-up trees using a winch and hand tools.

7. Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them, including tree felling techniques and tree inspection.

8. Participants undertake and demonstrate a knowledge of risk assessment methodology.

9. Sever wind blown or otherwise uprooted tree, both under and over effective guidebar length in diamerter

10.Restrain overhanging (forward Weighted) root plates prior to severing stems.

DURATION & AWARD

1. Normal course duration is up to 4 days
2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS34.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS34

305: Emergency Tree Work Operations

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc.

2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment (as per AFAG guidance); NPTC Assessment Schedules (can be supplied on request) & 1 passport sized photograph.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 1.             Identify the Risk Assessment and Emergency procedures on a work site

2.             Prepare a site to work on damaged trees

3.             Prepare chainsaw for operation

4.             Restrain a root plate of a damaged tree with a hand winch and sever the root plate

5.             Dismantle branches from a damaged tree

6.             Fell a damaged tree

DURATION & AWARD

 

1.       Normal course duration is up to 1 days.
2.       Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS48.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS50

306: Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

BASIC TREE CLIMBING & AERIAL RESCUE TECHNIQUES

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

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; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Participants state the safety requirements & regulations in relation to tree climbing and aerial rescue techniques.

2. Participants prepare for use, inspect and maintain the minimum equipment prescribed.

3.Participants state the importance and functions of a fully trained & competent ground person.

4.Participants recognise and use approved techniques for safe and efficient working within the tree crown.

5.Participants make the correct sequence of cuts to sever lightweight branches using hand tools.

6.Participants understand and differentiate between ‘work positioning & fall arrest’ systems.

7.Participants identify potential hazards and use appropriate techniques to overcome them, including tree rescue techniques and tree inspection.

8.Participants undertake tree rescue techniques with & without the use of mechanical aids.

 DURATION & AWARD

1.         Normal course duration is up to 5 days.
2.        Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS38.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS38

307: Aerial Tree Pruning

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc. Experienced operator.

2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.

3. Participants must hold NPTC units CS30 & CS31.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1. Understand the legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness

2. Understand the safety considerations to be observed in organising a worksite

3.Understand pruning principles

4. Carry out different forms of pruning

5. Understand how trees deal with wounding

6. Use and maintain a range of pruning equipment

7. Deal with arisings appropriately.

DURATION & AWARD

  1. Normal course duration is up to 4 days
  2. Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS40.

Previous City and Guild Course reference 307 (CS40)

308: Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques

Chainsaw tree and harnessUSE OF A CHAINSAW FROM A ROPE & HARNESS

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

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.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

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

Training in CS39

309: Sectional Felling

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc. Experienced operator.

2. Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment; NPTC Assessment Schedule Criteria will be supplied. 1 passport sized photograph is required.

3.  Participants must hold NPTC units CS30, CS31 CS38 & CS39.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

1.             Legal and environmental factors

2.             Tree/Site hazard assessments

3.             Chainsaw pre-use checks & maintenance

4.             Ground staff communication

5.             Achieving the correct work position

6.             Removal of limbs and vertical trunk sections

7.             Lowering operations and equipment.

DURATION & AWARD

1.          Normal course duration is up to 4 days

2.          Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS35.

Previous City and Guild Course reference CS41

Go4Skills Chainsaw Course

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1.Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc
2.Minimum age 16yrs.
3.Working gloves

COURSE OBJECTIVES

It is an introduction to chainsaw maintenance and use of a chainsaw.

1. Participants will learn the major components of the chainsaw
2. Participants will learn about re-fuelling the chainsaw and fuel mixtures
3. Participants will learn how to service and change relevant components
4.Participants will learn to sharpen a chainsaw

DURATION

Normal course duration is 1 day.

Certification of Attendance will be issued to all who attend.

Maximum of 10 participants on each course.

Upcoming Courses

Please see list of upcoming courses below. In order to book on to one of our courses, a deposit is required in advance to secure each individual place on any course. This is 25% of the course fee.

All courses are run pending sufficient numbers.

CourseDatesLocationAvailability
2013 & 2108 (CS38 & CS39) Tree Climbing and Rescue & Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques8th to 13th
January 2018
Ballybofey,
Co Donegal
places available
2003 & 2004 (CS30 & CS31) Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting & Felling of Small Trees Up to 380mm15th to 19th January 2018Ballybofey,
Co Donegal
place available
2003 & 2004 (CS30 & CS31) Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting & Felling of Small Trees Up to 380mm29th January to 2nd February 2018Ballybofey,
Co Donegal
place available
    
    
    
    
    

Felling Utility Poles

PARTICIPANTS & PRE-REQUISITES

1. Should be physically fit and agile with no history of epilepsy, etc.

2.Minimum age 16yrs. Participants should supply own Personal Protective Equipment (as per AFAG guidance); NPTC Assessment Schedules (can be supplied on request) & 1 passport sized photograph.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 1.             Identify the Risk Assessment and Emergency procedures on a work site.

2.             Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective felling of utility poles

3.             Prepare utility pole and adjacent area for felling operation

4.             Fell utility poles safely and accurately using an appropriate method

DURATION & AWARD

 

1.         Normal course duration is up to 1 days.
2.         Upon successful completion candidates will be assessed for NPTC competence unit CS48.

Previous City and Guild Course reference  CS43

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