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Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) all equipment that is used to lift or lower a load must be thoroughly examined by a qualified, competent person every six months.

As a person counts as a load that means that LOLER covers all climbing and accessing equipment used by those working in arboriculture.

For professional chainsaw operators working in forestry and arboriculture the industry recommendation is that for ’high risk‘ activities the minimum level of adequacy of training is to a certificate of competence or nationally recognised qualification where assessment is carried out independently of the training. This qualification meets this requirement’

The finer details

Quality Assurance policies are in place to ensure that all assessments meet the independent assessment requirements for this sector.

Who should attend?

If you are over the age of 16 and wish to develop your knowledge, understanding, and skills and require proof of competence within your field of expertise then this Qualification is suitable for you.

Your role may require you to use your skills across a range of trees and timber operations.

The Qualification aims to ensure you can be confident the minimum standards of good working practices are observed/followed at all times.

The Qualification has been devised with the key aim for you to successfully evidence your competence in forestry and arboriculture operations.

Individual learning programmes can be tailored to your needs whilst enabling you to achieve or work towards achieving a national competence qualification and improve your opportunities.

For persons carrying out a thorough examination, they must have appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the arboricultural lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined.

What will be covered?

To achieve this qualification you will be assessed on the following:

Understanding of and compliance with legislation pertaining to the examination of arboricultural lifting equipment.

Your ability to produce a report of thorough examination.

Understanding of equipment inspection and fault diagnosis.

Understanding of terminology for the thorough examination of lifting equipment.

Understanding of lifting equipment configurations.

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