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Operate a chainsaw from Rope & Harness once you have your Climbing Certificate

Course Objectives

  • Understand legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness
  • Understand the safety considerations to be observed in organising the work site
  • Carry out pre-start checks to the chainsaw, cold and hot starting techniques
  • Demonstrate techniques for hauling chainsaws into the tree and attaching them appropriately to the harness
  • Use appropriate techniques for establishing secure and comfortable work positions
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of various step and sink cuts and correct final pruning cuts
  • Use top-handled and lightweight rear-handled chainsaws in a safe and efficient manner, to remove light and medium weight branches
  • Understand and fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a competent ground person

Who is the course for?

Tree surgeons and arborists. The course is designed to prepare candidates for independent assessment for City & Guilds NPTC Licence to Practice (old Unit 39) or Lantra Awards Licence to practice.


City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques (QCF)


Novice operator:  4 days
Experienced operator: 3 days

This course is independently assessed to either City & Guilds NPTC or Lantra Awards qualification standards and criteria.

Course Content

  • PPE
  • Prepare chainsaw for use
  • Cold / hot starting techniques
  • Sending saw aloft
  • General saw handling
  • Use of chainsaw from rope and harness to remove medium sized lateral branches
  • Use of slings
  • How to free a trapped saw
  • Target pruning

Facilities/Equipment Required

  • Own climbing equipment
  • Hand saw for working in tree
  • First aid kit
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Lightweight Chainsaw,
  • Tools, fuel and oil
  • Chainsaw PPE


4 days including independent assessment £525 +VAT

3 days including independent assessment £400 +VAT

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