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Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting is the first thing you have to learn when working with chainsaws and this Certificate is the foundation for working in forestry or arboriculture

Course Objectives

  • State and identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
  • State and identify required health and safety features on a chainsaw
  • Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention
  • Select and identify correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out and report on their serviceability
  • Carry out correctly all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner
  • Organise site safety and state the precautions required

NB: The correct protective clothing must be worn by those undertaking the last three objectives.

Who is the course for?

These courses are for anyone who is required to maintain and operate chainsaws for cross cutting, and will be suitable for you if you work in, or are looking to work in any of the following industries:

Forestry, Agriculture,  Horticulture,  Woodland,  Local Authorities,  Conservation,  Land-based work.



City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting Qual 2003 – independent assessment


Lantra Awards ITA certification  –  Integrated training & assessment


Three days/Practical

Course Content

  • Introduction
  • Safety and health features of a chainsaw
  • Maintenance
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Fuelling and starting a chainsaw and
  • Clearing site and chainsaw checks
  • Performing pre-cutting checks
  • Cross-cutting timber
  • Adjusting the chainsaw

Facilities/Equipment Required

Chainsaw complying with pre-course handout

Operator’s maintenance kit and equipment and personal protective equipment as per pre-course handout

NB: Instructors have been instructed not to undertake training where trainees do not have the appropriate protective equipment and appropriate saw.


3 days trainng and Independent Assessment for Lantra Awards Licence to Practice £430 +VAT

3 days training and Independent Assessment for City & Guilds NPTC License to Practice (Unit 30) £430+VAT

2 days training and integrated Lantra Awards assessment £310 +VAT

Hire of chainsaw, protective clothing, and fuel £25+VAT per half week

Cancellation Policy

Newlands Training Ltd have the following cancellation policy:

  • 7 working days notice, full fee refund, less administration charge of £25.00
  • 3-7 working days notice, 50% fee refund
  • 1-3 working days notice, 25% fee refund
  • Less than 1 days notice, no refund

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Current Status

Some Courses are still able to take place during Lockdown 3 – please MAKE CONTACT for current list of training dates and Covid arrangements.


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