Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting (NPTC) 003920

About the Course

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting is for individuals who operate chainsaws as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries. It will provide the knowledge, understanding and skills required to maintain a chainsaw and crosscut timber safely, to industry standards in line with current legislation.

Topics covered include risk assessment, emergency planning, legislation, industry best practice, manufacturers recommendations for chainsaw maintenance, battery powered machine maintenance, individual components, maintaining guide bar and chain, reassembling a chainsaw and cutting system, waste disposal, personal protective equipment, biosecurity and environmental considerations, cross-cutting timber, moving and stacking timber, working methods and considerations.

To achieve this qualification candidates must successfully achieve a one to one practical assessment with oral questioning by an NPTC City & Guilds approved assessor.

Entry Requirements

The module requires reading and interpreting of information such as safety instructions and technical knowledge and prepares participants for NPTC independent assessment. This intensive practical course requires a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical information.

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations therefore participants will not be allowed to start the course without the correct Personal Protective Equipment which should conform to CE/EN standards.

  • Chainsaw trousers
  • Chainsaw gloves – approved pictogram to BS EN 381-7
  • Chainsaw boots – BS EN ISO 17249 bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw to show compliance with EN381-3, spats are no longer allowed
  • Chainsaw helmet with eye and ear protection
By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Useful Information

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:4


Course Dates

Wednesday 7 September 2022 - Thursday 8 September 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

[assessment Monday 12 September]

£550 per person (No places remaining)

Monday 26 September 2022 - Tuesday 27 September 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

[assessment Thursday 29 September]

£550 per person (No places remaining)

Thursday 6 October 2022 - Friday 7 October 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

[assessment Monday 10 October]

£550 per person (No places remaining)

Monday 31 October 2022 - Tuesday 1 November 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

[assessment Wednesday 2 November]

£550 per person (1 places available)

Wednesday 16 November 2022 - Thursday 17 November 2022 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

£550 per person (4 places available)


For group bookings please contact Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286