Certificate in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Arboriculture & Forestry AB085E07/23/2 Short Course

Course Information

For basic Chainsaw Certificate of Competence covering Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting Timber. It is a legal requirement under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations to hold a Chainsaw Certificate of Competence. Formerly CS30.1 and CS30.2


  • NPTC L2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance (QCF)
Course Content
  • This qualification is about the maintenance of a chainsaw and cross-cutting trees at ground level. Chainsaws used in aerial and ground work are covered. This work will be carried out in a workshop and/or a woodland environment. “Routine” maintenance in this standard means corrective and preventative maintenance that is carried out daily or at regular intervals by the operator prior to and during work.

    Cross-cutting operations will include cross-cutting timber under tension in the form of fallen branches, tops, tree sections, severed uprooted stems, horizontal stems, or any timber in a similar situation. Timber under low and moderate tension is covered, but not timber under the extreme tensions found in e.g. windblown trees.

    Health and Safety
    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    Chainsaw Maintenance
    Cross-Cut and Stack Timber
    On-site preparation
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum age is 16 years
    Tetanus protection is recommended.
Next Steps
  • Certificate of Competence Wood Chippers (AB067), Stump Grinders Certificate (AB069), Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free Fall Techniques (AB075), Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (AB077), Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (Sectional Felling) (AB078), Award for Felling Medium Sized Trees (AB157), Award for Felling Small Trees (AB158), Award for Use of Powered Pole Pruners (AB159)
Career Opportunities
  • Arboricultural Worker/Tree Surgeon
    Forest Worker
    Countryside Manager

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
09-Oct-2023 (Already Started) 17-Oct-2023 09:15 a.m. 4.45 p.m.
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Mon, Tue, 4
Course Fees
Fee (Short Course Full Fee) £540.00

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 is 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.