NPTC City & Guilds Level 3 Award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques (CS39)

Who should attend?

This course is for a competent tree climber experienced at using the chainsaw on the ground and already holding units 30, 31, 38. Suitable for professional tree surgeons and arborists.

What will you learn?
  • Understand the specific industry legislation and safety guidelines relevant to using a chainsaw from a rope and harness.
  • Successfully identify the hazards and risks associated with the working area.
  • Be able to carry out a basic level hazard evaluation of a tree.
  • Demonstrate techniques for hauling chainsaws into the tree and attaching them appropriately to the harness.
  • Carry out pre-start checks to the chainsaw and demonstrate cold and warm starting techniques.
  • Understand the importance of secure and comfortable work positioning while using a chainsaw from a rope and harness to improve safety and work quality.
  • Be able to explain the basic principles of natural target pruning.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of a variety of different cuts including step cuts, sink cuts and natural target pruning cuts.
  • Use top handled or lightweight rear handled chainsaws in a safe and efficient manner to remove light and medium weight branches.
  • Be competent in the use of pulling ropes and slings to assist with the cut sections.

This training is in preparation for NPTC assessment (CS39) and typically testing is arranged 1-2 weeks following training.

If trainees do not wish to proceed through to testing a LANTRA certificate of attendance is issued following the completion of the training.


£350+VAT per person
3 day course plus half day assessment

Plus £165 (VAT exempt) NPTC registration/assessment fee

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