NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting
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About this course

This 2 day course aims to ensure that operators are safe, competent and understand the legislative requirements when operating and maintaining a chainsaw.

It is suitable for the professional user, which can be defined as “anyone who anticipates seeking contractual work in professional forestry, amenity or utility arboricultural activities”.

If you are an employer and require one or more employees to enrol onto this course please contact 0845 345 2235 or

What will I learn?

The course consists of Units 201 and 202, covering the following topics:

  • Working Safely
  • Maintenance of Chainsaw and Cutting System, including Operational Checks
  • Health and Safety Legislation and Industry Good Practice
  • Cross-cutting Timber Using a Chainsaw
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

The minimum age for attendance on this course is 16 years.

Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment will be by observations of practical skills and, question and answer sessions to determine underpinning knowledge and understanding. It lasts 2.5 - 3 hours and is aimed to be carried within 7 days of the training, subject to assessor availability.

Additional costs and information

It is desired that attendees bring the following items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to the training and assessment:
- Chainsaw protection trousers
- Chainsaw protection boots
- Chainsaw protection gloves
- Chainsaw safety helmet (in date)
These must comply with current BS EN Standards. Please contact us if this is not available to you.

The purpose of the NPTC assessment is to prove occupational competence; further charges apply if re-assessment is required.

You are required to provide steel toe-capped safety boots and suitable outdoor clothing. A passport photograph is required at the start of the course for NPTC registration purposes.

What could I do next?

Upon successful completion of this course adn the assessment, you could progress onto the Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.