Lantra Awards Technical Award in Site Operations: Use of Insulated Tools, Ground and Aerial treeworks - Electrical Element

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Summary / introduction: 
Our Utility Arboriculture Site Operations course allows you the opportunity to combine your arboriculture theory with electrical knowledge and provides a focus on the use of insulated rods, tree felling and climbing, and this course is aimed at you if you work in overhead line clearance operations and utility arboriculture.NOTE: In order to gain certification in our Utility Arboriculture Site Operations course both the arboriculture (UASO02X/R) and electrical (UASO12X/R) elements must be taken, it is therefore a prerequisite that both elements are booked together.
Target audience: 

Our attendance course in Utility Arboriculture Site Operations is suitable for you if you work as, or intend to work as an operative in the utility sector, and that work involves overhead line clearance operations or utility arboriculture.

In order to undertake this course you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • You must hold the unit of competency UA 1 or have attended the Lantra Training Course 1: Site Safety Awareness.
  • If you are involved in ground-based operations only then you must hold Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw units of competency.
  • If you are involved in tree climbing operations then you must hold all of the above, plus Access a Tree Using Rope and Harness, Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques and Aerial Tree Pruning units of competency.

It is also important to note that in order to participate in this course that you need to be able to identify a range of common tree species (approximately 15).  Also our course is aimed primarily at tree operations from the ground and the application of tree climbing and work positioning techniques; therefore it does not cover works from MEWPs or platforms.

Our course will normally run for two days (one day arboriculture, one day electrical), however this will depend on your abilities and previous experience, therefore the duration may differ. Please also be aware that this is a practical course so you need to be physically fit so you are able to carry out the tasks required of the course programme.


This is an attendance only course, aimed at preparing learners who will ultimately work on behalf of Network Operators (or their appointed representatives) in proximity (close enough to represent a danger) to electrical equipment. It is most likely that this work will be for the purpose of maintaining clearances from and/or to trees and vegetation.

Product objectives: 

Arboricultural knowledge

  • Identify common tree species and associated growth and timber characteristics.
  • State the implications of a range of trees with respect to health and safety and pruning.
  • Identify common symptoms of tree hazards and signs of ill health and state the potential implications.
  • Understand the principles of best pruning practice and utility pruning terminology.
  • Identify methods and limitations for the disposal of arisings.
  • State common legal and environmental constraints.
  • Apply suitable control measures to undertake tree felling, pruning and aerial works safely in the Proximity Zone of overhead power lines.

Electrical knowledge

  • Identify electrical hazards and implement suitable controls to work safely and avoid danger.
  • Understand the requirements for the inspection, maintenance, storage and operation of insulated rods.
  • Use insulated rods with a variety of tool heads (such as a pole saw, secateurs or a hook) to remove branches safely from within the Vicinity Zone.
  • Understand the principles of the Proximity Zone, the Vicinity Zone and tree categories with a view to implementing safe systems of work in accordance with G55/2.

Course sessions:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Tree identification, growth and species characteristics
  • Tree hazards and health
  • Pruning principles
  • Disposal of arisings
  • Legal and environmental constraints
  • Review, principals (work planning and risk assessment)
  • Tree categories (G55/2)
  • Working methods (for G55/2 categories)
  • Operation, inspection and maintenance of insulated rods
  • Branch removal using pruning attachments on insulated rods (arboricultural considerations)
  • Ground based tree work (felling)
  • Aerial tree work
  • Clearing of site and equipment checks
Course / product type: 
Training Course
Assessment type: 
Training Only
Course / product delivery: 
1 Day
Min number of learners: 
Max number of learners: 
Working with Trees / Chainsaws
Utility Arboriculture