NPTC Aerial Chainsaw Use from Rope and Harness

Course overview

This course is designed to prepare an experienced climber/chainsaw operator for the City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness.

This course is intended for proficient tree climbers. Although not a pre-requisite, you should ideally have climbing experience over and above a week-long tree climbing and aerial rescue course.

Courses are taught by experienced, highly skilled tutors who attend annual specific industry training programmes. The arboriculture workshops are fully resourced with all the tools and equipment needed for the course. The proactive approach of the department ensures that all the chainsaws and related tools and equipment are up-to-date with technology and current legislation.
Our worksites, located close to the campus, have been specifically chosen for the course to provide an opportunity to practice the skills required for assessment.

Merrist Wood has developed an excellent reputation for arboriculture expertise and coupled with our award-winning Learning Philosophy, we are able to offer a practical education, tailored to your needs.

The course includes:

  • Identifying, inspecting and commenting on key parts of the equipment to be used
  • Preparing the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment
  • Operating a chainsaw whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness
  • Performing a range of cutting techniques

The course tuition fee does not include the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC ) registration or assessment fees.

Please note: If you wish to take the assessment at the end of this course and qualify for your Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card and certificate, you will need to pay a registration and assessment fee.

  • Registration: £33.00
  • Assessment: £110.00

Therefore, if you are paying for registration and assessment, with the addition of the tuition fee of £360.00, total fees would be £503.00.

All fees are payable to us.

Through a variety of practical and theory lessons

For experienced climbers and chainsaw users only, trainees must already possess City & Guilds Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting.

Felling Small Trees up to 380mm and Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue. This course is intended for proficient tree climbers.

Although not a pre-requisite, you should ideally have climbing experience over and above a week long tree climbing and aerial rescue course.

Go on to other arboriculture courses or use a chainsaw in a tree commercially.


Personal protective equipment or complete a booking form to request hire.

  • *Chainsaw protective helmet (complying with EN 397)
  • *Chainsaw protective trousers (type C) (complying with EN 381-5)
  • *Chainsaw protective gloves (complying with EN 381-7)
  • *Chainsaw protective boots (complying with BS EN ISO 20345:2004 and bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw
  • Ear defenders (complying with EN 352)
  • Face Visor (complying with EN 1731/Safety Glasses EN 166)
  • Personal first-aid kit, including a large wound dressing.

*The items marked with an asterisk should bear the chainsaw logo and show the chain speed to which they have been tested.

Course Starts in 25 Days

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