Chainsaw - Training Plus - Health & Safety Courses

2 days

This training course will provide a Lantra Awards Certificate of Basic Skills, a photo ID card AND prepare candidates for the Level 2 Award in chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting. The Certificate of Basic Skills is aimed at occasional users who do not need or wish to take a regulated assessment. The Level 2 Award is available from both Lantra Awards and City & Guilds NPTC and provides a Licence To Practice for those that pass (formerly known as CS30) and this qualification is aimed at those who wish to go further with other Forestry and Arboriculture units. Please note that persons wishing to go on to fell small trees up to 380mm MUST do the regulated assessment for crosscutting and maintenance.
This course covers the maintenance of a chainsaw and its use to cross cut timber on the ground. Bar length is limited to 15 inches.

On this course, candidates will be given all the advice and guidance they require to decide what assessment and future training they require if any. Help will also be provided in applying for and taking the necessary assessment whether with Lantra Awards or City & Guilds NPTC.

The course covers the following:

  •   Introduction
  •   Safety and health features of a chainsaw
  •   Chainsaw maintenance
  •   Personal protective equipment
  •   Fuelling and starting a chainsaw
  •   Preparing site and chainsaw checks
  •   Performing pre-cutting checks
  •   Cross-cutting timber
  •   Dealing with tension and compression in the timber
  •   Alternative cutting techniques such as boring
  •   Stack timber
  •   Adjusting the chainsaw
  •   Risk Assessment

This course is aimed at those persons who are new to using a chainsaw and leaves all their options open for future training and assessment whether they simply want to cut firewood safely, maintain an area of woodland or go on to become Tree Surgeons or Foresters. It is also aimed at those who wish to go further with other Forestry and Arboriculture units.

Candidates are required to bring appropriate PPE to this course.

No previous experience is required.

Do I need to pay for my training before I do it?

Yes you do, you can pay online when you book your course, or call 0845 872 3411 and pay with a credit card over the phone.  Customers with credit terms, please call Training Plus to book your course on 0845 872 3411.

Are there any car parking spaces available?

Yes, there are a lot of FREE car parking space available in the area.

What accommodation is available?

There are a variety of hotels and B&B's in the area. There is a list available to assist you with booking your stay.

Am  I going to feel safe during my course participation?

Beside the fact that our staff and the environment of the school will make you feel happy and safe, CCTV is operating in most of the school's areas.

I'm getting on a bit, is it like going back to school and will I feel out of place?

Not at all.  A large percentage of our learners are mature students simply keeping up to date with current standards.  Everybody is made to feel welcome in the centre.

Can left handed people use a chainsaw?

Left handed people have completed this training and assessment many times with me, but they use the saw in the correct position on the right hand side of their body. Chainsaws need both left and right hands to be active for safe use.  

?    Left hand – for positioning control, decompression button and use of the chain brake

?    Right hand – for throttle, on/off/ choke  and positioning

I think the main issue is that they need to be used on the right hand side of the body, in order for the bar and chain to be correctly out of line with the head in the event of serious kickback. I understand that left handed people feel more comfortable with the left side of the body taking the 'lead'.  So in short left-handers are welcome on the course and can use a chainsaw!

The Certification

Candidates will receive a Lantra Awards Certificate of Basic Skills and a photo ID card. The course will prepare candidates for the Level 2 Award in chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting.

The Level Two Award is available from both Lantra Awards and City & Guilds NPTC and provides a Licence To Practice for those that pass (formerly known as CS30).

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