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Chainsaw Ground Based

Day Course Requirements

  • The candidate should be equipped with a chainsaw appropriate to their normal working environment in good condition with a maximum recommended guidebar length of 380mm (15”).
  • The candidate should be equipped with sufficient fuel and oil, appropriate to the make and model of the chainsaw.
  • A waterproof coat and over-trousers (course will continue even in rain). If the candidate has chainsaw protective clothing then this should be brought with them.
  • The Candidate must bring own lunch.

City & Guilds Domestic Chainsaw Course – Level 2

Chainsaw Maintenance & Fell Small Trees . N.P.T.C. CS30 & CS31

Unit 201 Carry out maintenance of a chainsaw and cutting system

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system
  • 3. Be able to carry out operational chainsaw checks
  • 4. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 5. Know how to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system

Unit 202 Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw (CC)

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely (CC1)
  • 2. Be able to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw (CC2)
  • 3. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice (CC3)
  • 4. Know how to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw (CC4)

Unit 203 Fell & Process Trees Using a Chainsaw

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to fell and process trees up to 380mm
  • 3. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Know how to fell and process trees up to 380mm
  • 5. Know how to remove branches from felled trees using a chainsaw
  • 6. Know how to take down hung-up trees


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Fell Medium Trees. N.P.T.C. CS32 Level 3

Unit 301 Fell & Process Trees Over 380mm

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to fell trees and process trees over 380mm
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to fell and process trees over 380mm
  • 5. Understand how to remove branches from felled trees using a chainsaw
  • 6. Understand how to take down hung up trees

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award In Assisted Fell Operations (QCF)

Unit 303 Carry out assisted fell operations

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to carry out assisted fell operations
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to carry out assisted fell operations

Unit 304 Prepare for and agree emergency treework operations

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to prepare for and agree emergency treework operations
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to prepare for and agree emergency treework operations

Unit 305 Carry out emergency treework operations

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to carry out emergency treework operations
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to carry out emergency treework operations

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Individual Windblown Trees. N.P.T.C. CS34/CS35

Qualification guidance

Unit 302 Sever uprooted or windblown trees using a chainsaw

Outcomes

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to sever uprooted and windblown trees using a chainsaw
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to sever uprooted or windblown trees using a chainsaw

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Off Road Driving

City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Off Road Driving (QCF)

Outcomes:

The candidate will be able to:

  • State legal and safety requirements relating to the use of off road vehicles
  • Carry out appropriate pre-start checks on the vehicle
  • Take appropriate action arising from checks
  • Explain additional considerations that need to be made when towing a trailer
  • Prepare for work
  • Select and wear appropriate PPE as required
  • Start the vehicle and manoeuvre it safely on rough terrain including slopes
  • Attach a trailer to the vehicle
  • Manoeuvre vehicle on a variety of terrain whilst towing, including reversing around a corner
  • Operate a vehicle mounted winch to remove an obstacle and self recovery a "bogged" vehicle
  • State the required underpinning knowledge that supports the operations

The Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF)- credit values

The units for the NPTC Level 2 Award in Off Road Driving (QCF) have the following credit values:

  • Unit 1 Pre start safety and operation of off road vehicles 3 credits
  • Unit 2 Using Trailers in the workplace 2 credits
  • Unit 3 Use of vehicle winches 2 credits
Guidance Notes for Candidates and Assessors

The assessment is divided into one compulsory units and two optional units:

  • Unit 1 Pre start safety and operation of off road vehicles (Compulsory)
  • Unit 2 Using Trailers in the Workplace (Optional)
  • Unit 3 Use of Vehicle Winches (Optional)

Plant Machinery

NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Plant Machinery

PLANT MACHINERY - Digger/ Excavator - 3 Days (this includes assessment) N.P.T.C.

Outcomes:

The candidate will be able to:

  • 1. Identify aspects of legislation which apply to the safe preparation and operation of plant machinery .
  • 2. Prepare the machine for work safely without risk to themselves, other people or the environment.
  • 3.Undertake a verbal hazard and risk assessment on the site and the machine.
  • 4. Carry out daily and routine maintenance on plant machinery State the identified knowledge that underpins understanding of driving plant machinery.
  • 5. Manoeuvre a plant machine and operate it safely without risks to themselves, other people and the environment.
  • 6. State procedures to be observed when cleaning and inspecting the machine and reporting defects.

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NPTC Level 2 Certificate Of Competence In The Safe Operation Of Dumper Trucks

Dumper - 2 Days (this includes assessment) N.P.T.C.

Outcomes:

The candidate will be able to:

  • 1. Identify key aspects of legislation which apply to the safe preparation and operation of a dumper truck.
  • 2. Prepare the dumper truck for work without risk to themselves, other people and the environment.
  • 3. Undertake a verbal hazard and risk assessment on the site and the machine.
  • 4. Carry out daily and routine maintenance on a dumper truck.
  • 5. State the identified knowledge that underpins understanding of driving a dumper truck.
  • 6. Manoeuvre the dumper truck and operate it safely without risk to themselves, other people and the environment.
  • 7. State procedures to be observed when cleaning and inspecting the dumper truck and reporting defects.

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Fork Lift Truck Operation – 3 Days (this includes assessment) N.P.T.C.


City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Land-based Fork Lift Truck Operations

(Rough Terrain, Masted and Telescopic Types) QCF

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Land-based Fork Lift Truck Operations

(Counterbalance Type) (QCF)

The assessment is divided in to four units:


Unit 201 Prepare the Fork Lift Truck for Driving or Manoeuvring

Outcomes:

  • 1. Know how to prepare the fork lift truck for driving or manoeuvring
  • 2. Be able to prepare the fork lift truck for driving or manoeuvring

Unit 202 Operate, Move or Manoeuvre the Fork Lift Truck

Outcomes:

  • 1. Know how to operate, move or manoeuvre the fork lift truck
  • 2. Be able to operate, move or manoeuvre the fork lift truck

Unit 203 Select, Transfer and Position Loads Using a Fork Lift Truck

Outcomes:

  • 1. Know how to select, transfer and position loads using a fork lift truck
  • 2. Be able to select, transfer and position loads using a fork lift truck

Unit 204 Undertake Post Operational Checks on the Fork Lift Trucks

Outcomes:

  • 1. Know how to undertake post operational checks for a fork lift truck
  • 2. Be able to undertake post operational checks for fork lift trucks

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Arboriculture Machinery

NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Manually Fed Wood Chipper Operations

Outcomes:

The candidate will be able to:

  • 1. Identify, inspect and comment on key parts of the machine
  • 2. Prepare the machine for work safely without risk to themselves, other people or the environment
  • 3. Carry out daily and routine maintenance on the machine
  • 4. Operate the machine safely and competently without risk to themselves, others and the environment
  • 5. Follow the correct procedure to adjust chip size
  • 6. Deal with blockages
  • 7. Maintain cutting systems as per manufacturers instructions
  • 8. Prepare the machine for transportation

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Safe Use Of a Powered Pole Pruner (QCF)

Unit 205 Use a Powered Pole Pruner

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to use a powered pole pruner
  • 3. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Know how to use a powered pole pruner

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NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use and Operation of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms

Outcomes:

The candidate will be able to:

  • 1. Prepare a mobile elevated work platform for operation and establish that it is safe to use
  • 2. Operate of a mobile elevated work platform without risk to themselves, others and the environment
  • 3. Operate within and comply with the legislative requirements.
  • 4. State the identified knowledge that underpins understanding in the safe use and operation of a mobile elevated work platform.

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NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Stump Grinding Operations

Outcomes:

The candidate will be able to:

  • 1. Identify, inspect and comment on key parts of the machine
  • 2. Prepare the machine for work safely without risk to themselves, other people or the environment
  • 3. Carry out daily and routine maintenance on the machine
  • 4. Operate the machine safely and competently without risk to themselves, others and the environment
  • 5. Replace cutters in accordance with manufacturers instructions
  • 6. Prepare the machine for transportation

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Aerial

City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue (QCF)

Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue. N.P.T.C. CS38

Unit 206 Access a tree using a rope and harness (RH)

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to access a tree using a rope and harness (RH2)
  • 3. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice (RH3)
  • 4. Know how to access a tree using a rope and harness (RH4)

Unit 306 Carry Out Aerial Rescue Operations (R)

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice (R1)
  • 2. Be able to carry out aerial rescue operations (R2)
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice (R3)
  • 4. Understand how to carry out aerial rescue operations (R4)

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-Fall Techniques

Chainsaw in the Canopy . N.P.T.C. CS39

Unit 308 Carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award In Aerial Tree Pruning (QCF)

Unit 307 Carry out aerial pruning of a tree

Outcomes

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to carry out aerial pruning of a tree
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to carry out aerial pruning of a tree

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award In Aerial Tree Rigging (QCF)

Unit 309 Carry out aerial tree rigging

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  • 2. Be able to carry out aerial tree rigging
  • 3. Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Understand how to carry out aerial tree rigging

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Supporting Colleagues Undertaking Off-Ground Tree Related Operations (QCF)

Unit 207 Support Colleagues Undertaking Off Ground Tree Related Operations

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to support colleagues undertaking off ground tree related operations
  • 3. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Know how to support colleagues undertaking off ground tree related operations

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Forestry Machinery

City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations – Forwarder (QCF)

Unit 209 Prepare, Drive and Manoeuvre Forwarder

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to prepare, drive and manoeuvre forwarder
  • 3. Be able to operate grapple
  • 4. Know how to prepare forwarder
  • 5. Know how to drive and manoeuvre forwarder
  • 6. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations – Skidder (QCF)

Unit 213 Prepare and Operate a Skidder

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to operate the skidder
  • 3. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • 4. Know how to operate the skidder

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City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Forest Machine Operations – Base Machine (QCF)

Unit 208 Prepare and Operate a Base Machine

Outcomes:

  • 1. Be able to work safely
  • 2. Be able to prepare and drive the machine
  • 3. Know how to prepare and drive machine
  • 4. Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice

Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities in the above unit.

Endorsement: The assessment may be taken on a machine with any type of machine that is:

  • 001 Under 2.5 tonne Tracked
  • 002 Over 2.5 tonne Tracked
  • 003 Under 2.5 tonne Wheeled Articulated
  • 004 Over 2.5 tonne Wheeled Articulated
  • 005 Under 2.5 tonne Wheeled Rigid
  • 006 Over 2.5 tonne Wheeled Rigid

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Hedge Laying

2 Days Hedge laying Course resulting in a Certificate of Attendance


Hedge laying is a Rural Country craft that has been practised for hundreds of years.

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