Chainsaw - Maintenance, Cross-cutting & Felling Small Trees

What is special about this course?

This 5 day LANTRA award chainsaw course is for novice operators with little or no experience of chainsaw use, who are required to maintain and operate chainsaws for both cross cutting and felling to guide bar length. 

The course is designed to prepare candidates for assessment for NPTC Certificate of Competence units CS30 and 31.  NPTC assessment is not included.

This course will contribute towards achievement of NVQ/SVQ Forestry Level 2, Unit T10.

Entry requirements

No entry requirements.

You will learn about the maintenance and safe use of chainsaws. This will include:

  • Workshop safety awareness
  • Guide bar, saw chain and power unit maintenance
  • Re-assembly
  • Health and safety features
  • Lubrication and fuelling
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Starting and pre-cutting checks
  • Site safety awareness
  • Cross-cutting and stacking timber
  • Preparation (basic felling)
  • Felling
  • Sned conifers and/or de-limb broad-leaved trees
  • De-limbing
  • Takedown of hung up trees using hand tools

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

A combination of classroom based theory and practical training.


How long will my course last?


5 Days

This course can be scheduled in any of our ten college centres depending on numbers. Call your local college centre for up to date information and to express your interest.

This course can be scheduled in any of our ten college centres depending on numbers. Call your local college centre for up to date information and to express your interest.


Where can I study my course?

    • Auchtertyre
    • Broadford
    • Fort William
    • Gairloch
    • Kilchoan
    • Kinlochleven
    • Mallaig
    • Portree
    • Strontian
    • Ullapool

Start date

Call your local college centre for up to date information and to register your interest.

Fees

£715 + £280 for Assessment. The cost includes instruction, venue, course materials, use of a chainsaw, fuel and notes. 

There will be a £10 per day charge for the hire of the necessary protective clothing.

LANTRA certification on successful completion of the course.

Funding

If you already have a Skills Development Scotland Individual Learning Account (ILA) then you can enrol on a course until 30 June 2017 as long as the course commences no later than 30 September 2017.

From October 2017, the scheme is being refreshed. For more information on how to apply for a new Individual Training Account (ITA) from Skills Development Scotland, go to:
https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could consider the NPTC assessment.

This course provides training for those employed or wishing to gain employment in the land based sector.  It offers progression onto further chainsaw training that will offer enhancement within their employment or skills required to work in industry.

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Apply for Chainsaw - Maintenance, Cross-cutting & Felling Small Trees

To apply for this course, please contact your

local college centre.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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