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The chainsaw is one of the most useful - and powerful - tools used across any number of industries.

But it is also one of the most dangerous.

Our course will help you build on the skills and experience you already possess.

It will give you the chance to obtain a competency card to open up job opportunities in your chosen sector.

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

This course will enable you to prove your expertise in a vital area of forestry and arboricultural work.

It will also provide firm evidence of your ability to meet licence-to-practise standards.

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

You could be starting a new role. Or you might already be using your chainsaw skills across a range of relevant operations.

Whatever your professional circumstances, our course will boost your confidence and help you meet the current standards of good working practice.

To achieve this qualification, you'll need to have completed two mandatory units:

  • Carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system
  • Cross-cut timber using a chainsaw.

Worth noting: Our course involves some physical sessions, so it's essential that you have at least a minimum level of fitness.

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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 course is suitable for you.

It doesn't matter if you are entering a place of work or have already established yourselves in a role. You may already be using your skills across a range of trees and timber operations however, this qualification will enable you to become a more confident worker meeting the current standards of good working practice.

Due to the nature of this qualification a minimum level of fitness would be required for specific operations.

Whilst we would not want to disadvantage anybody it is an essential requirement.

What will be covered?

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Gain knowledge and understanding across a range of forestry and arboriculture functions and activities
  • Be able to work effectively in a forestry and arboriculture environment, both independently and as part of a team
  • Be able to review and develop your own practices, and carry out a range of practical forestry and arboriculture tasks, to the required industry standard
  • Improve your awareness of health and safety legislation and how individuals can contribute to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) agenda
  • Obtain occupational competence and/or licence to practice
  • Meet the licence-to-practise or other legal requirements made by the relevant sector, profession or industry.
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