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Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting NPTC Level 2 Award (CS30)

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    For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

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The Chainsaws and Related Operations courses offer a range of practical skills and assessments covering all aspects of chainsaw work. This two-day course will cover chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting and stacking techniques, and is delivered by one of Shuttleworth College's qualified instructors. This course is designed for professional chainsaw users who work, or intend to work, in professional amenity arboriculture or within forestry. Gaining an NPTC qualification will demonstrate that you have gained the required practical skill and technical knowledge for such roles.


Entry requirements

There are no requirements for beginning this course.

Course content

You will study the following topics:

  • Understanding operator safety during chainsaw maintenance
  • Carrying out routine and periodic maintenance to a chainsaw
  • Starting and checking a chainsaw
  • Understanding operator safety during chainsaw use
  • Safely crosscutting timber that is less than guidebar length in diameter
  • Stacking crosscut timber.

Assessment methods

The assessment for NPTC course normally takes place 10 to 14 days after the initial training and is a full day, the price is included in the course price. You will receive a NPTC Certificate of Competence.

Further study and career options

Gaining this qualification will be beneficial if you are working in the horticultural or arboricultural industries, or if you are working self-employed as, for example, a tree surgeon.

Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
2 days 12/04/2021 Mon, Tue 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £425 Shuttleworth College SOB1302S10 Course in progress
2 days 10/05/2021 Mon, Tue 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £425 Shuttleworth College SOB1302S11
2 days 07/06/2021 Mon, Tue 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £425 Shuttleworth College SOB1302S12
2 days 28/06/2021 Mon, Tue 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £425 Shuttleworth College SOB1302S13

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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.