Award for Felling Small Trees

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Arboriculture AB158E07/19/1 Short Course

Course Information

CS203 (formerly CS31), this wholly practical based 3-day course deals with the Felling of Small Trees (380mm (15"") in diameter or less at their base) and their subsequent breakdown. Subjects include Health & Safety regulations, use of felling aids, de-limbing, cross-cutting. Assessment is carried out on a separate day by arrangement. Course fees include:- equipment, training assessment, access to suitable sites for training and assessment.


  • NPTC L2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (QCF)
Course Content
  • Current Health & Safety regulations
    Felling of conifer and/or broadleaves up to 380mm (15") diameter - upright and leaning tree
    Use of felling aids
    Cross-cutting and stacking
    Take down of hung up trees
Entry Requirements
  • CS201/202 - Chainsaw Maintenance (formerly CS30) - or equivalent
    Students must be aged 16 or over on 1st September of the year in which the course starts
    Tetanus protection is recommended.
Next Steps
  • Level 2 Intro. To Arboriculture (AB062), Cert. of Comp. Wood Chippers (AB067), Stump Grinders Certificate (AB069), Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free Fall Techniques (AB075), Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees Using a Chainsaw (AB076), Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (AB077), Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (Sectional Felling) (AB078), Award for Felling Medium Sized Trees (AB157), Award to Clear Ind. Wind Blown Trees (AB163)
Career Opportunities
  • Arboricultural Worker/Tree Surgeon
    Forest Worker
    Countryside Manager

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
10-Jan-2020 (Already Started) 24-Jan-2020 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Tue 3
Course Fees
Tuition fees (Part time standard) £315.00
Registration fees (Part time standard) £130.00
Reservation fees (Part time standard) £50.00

Course fees include:- equipment, training assessment, access to suitable sites for training and assessment.

Materials Required

Writing materials - notebook and pen.
Packed lunch and drink, especially if we are working away from college all day.
Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to current industry standards is required for this course.
Work equipment, PPE, etc., are available from the college, but candidates’ own may be used, subject to checks by the instructor.
National Insurance (NI) number.
Waterproofs/change of clothes in case of inclement weather.

What's next?

Applications for this course are now closed. If you'd like to know when there will be another or need more information we are happy to answer any questions.