Tree Surgery

NPTC

Anyone who uses a chainsaw professionally must complete the core units with the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) and they are Units 30.1 and 30.2.  These units cover chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting. This would be a three day course plus a one day examination.

Anyone who uses a chainsaw to fell small trees of up to 15 inches in diameter must complete NPTC Unit 31. This covers all aspects of felling and directional cuts, snedding and cross cutting, to enable the safe felling and cleaning of small trees. This is a four day course with a one day examination.

Anyone who climbs tree professionally must complete NPTC Unit 38. This covers all climbing techniques and aerial rescue. This is a four day course with a one day examination.

Anyone who uses a chainsaw from a rope and harness must complete NPTC Unit 39. This covers all aspects of using a chainsaw from a rope and harness and all directional cuts.

Anyone who operates a top handled pruning chainsaw must have Unit 39. You cannot gain Unit 39 without completing the other units first.

All of the above courses are mandatory by law and for one person to complete all of thee courses will cost in the region of £1,600 to £2,000. Refresher training and ongoing training is also required.

Other courses available are:

  • CS34  Process Individual Windblown Trees
  • CS35  Process Multiple Windblown Trees
  • CS39  Use a Chainsaw from a Rope & Harness
  • CS40  Carry Out Pruning Operations
  • CS41  Undertake Sectional Felling
  • CS42  Carry Out Stump Protection
  • CS43  Felling Utility Poles
  • CS44  Fell Standing Stems
  • CS45  Arboricultural Ground Worker
  • CS46  Re-pollarding
  • CS47  Use of Chainsaw from a MEWP
  • CS48  Powered Pole Pruners

Remember! No NPTC Certificate = NO INSURANCE COVER!!

Always ask to see the credit card sized ID, which must confirm the above core units have been achieved and carry a photograph of the card holder.

When tree surgery operations are taking place using a rope and harness, there must be one climber who is qualified in aerial rescue (Unit 38) for every climber above ground level using a rope and harness with a chainsaw.

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