NPTC Felling Small Trees up to 380mm: Four-day course

Course overview

This course is designed to prepare a novice chainsaw user for City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Felling Small Trees up to 380mm.

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.

Courses are taught by experienced, highly-skilled tutors who attend annual, industry training programmes. The arboriculture workshops are fully resourced and the pro-active approach of the department ensures that all the chainsaws and related tools and equipment are up-to-date.

Our worksites, located close to the campus, have been specifically chosen for the course, and are a mixture of plantation and open grown trees providing a realistic practical environment in preparation for the assessment.


The course includes:

  • risk assessments and emergency procedures on a work site
  • selecting and preparing equipment required for safe and effective felling
  • felling small trees safely and accurately using appropriate methods
  • felling trees weighted in the direction of fall using safe techniques
  • felling trees weighted against the direction of fall using safe techniques
  • removing branches safely in a manner appropriate to the branching habit
  • crosscutting stems accurately and safely to a given length and diameter specification
  • stacking timber using appropriate manual handling techniques
  • taking down hung-up trees safely using appropriate hand tools

A reasonable level of fitness is required.

Through a variety of practical and theory lessons.

You will need to bring:

  • Personal Protective Equipment.
  • *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.

You could apply to our other arboriculture or related courses.

The cost includes all instruction and use of equipment, registration and assessment fees.

Catering facilities may or may not be open on site, therefore you are more than welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Please note: Due to Covid restrictions PPE can no longer be hired from the College.

A map of the college will be supplied in your joining instructions. Please ensure you arrive early to locate your meeting place and ensure a prompt start time.

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