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Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting City & Guilds NPTC Award


Chainsaws are very versatile tools with a variety of uses but they are also potentially dangerous. Serious accidents can and do occur without proper training or because operators have not kept their skills up to date. The forestry and arboricultural industries recognise that good health and safely practice is vital for operators and business. Gaining industry recognized qualifications ensures that operators have reached agreed standards of competence and the City & Guilds NPTC qualifications are ideally suited to the professional chainsaw user as the HSE recommend that the minimum level of adequate for chainsaw operators should be achieved by undertaking an independent assessment in the relevant activities. Following the successful completion of this qualification candidates can progress on to further City & Guilds NPTC Chainsaw related qualifications as appropriate to their work. The City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting (previously called CS30) is designed for those with little or no experience of chainsaws, who intend to use the chainsaw for business, domestic or leisure activities. It is suitable for those seeking contractual work in professional forestry, amenity or arboricultural activities which is likely, immediately or at some future date, to involve felling trees over 200 mm (8) in diameter and aerial tree work.


At Askham Bryan College we offer a range of courses on chainsaw operation to help you gain new skills and update existing ones.

Course content:

The qualification is divided into 2 units, candidates must achieve both to gain this qualification.

1. Carry out Maintenance of Chainsaw and Cutting System:

  • Be able to work safely; be able to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system
  • Be able to carry out operational chainsaw checks
  • Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • Know how to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system

2. Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw:

  • Be able to work safely
  • Be able to cross-cut timber suing a chainsaw
  • Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
  • Know how to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw

Following their training candidates will undertake an independent assessment for this unit which will be a mixture of practical and verbal questioning.

Entry Requirements

This course is suitable for novice chainsaw users.

Askham Bryan College,
Askham Bryan,
YO23 3FR
01904 772277