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Felling & Processing Medium Trees NPTC Level 3 Award (CS32)

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


Chainsaws and Related Operations courses offer you a range of practical skills and assessments covering all aspects of chainsaw work. Gaining a National Proficiency Tests Council (NPTC) qualification will demonstrate that you have developed practical skills and technical knowledge that has been independently and reliably assessed. This three-day chainsaw course will take place at a designated site away from Shuttleworth College, and will cover winching, snedding, de-limbing and felling techniques. The course will be delivered by one of Shuttleworth’s qualified instructors, and is ideal if you are a professional chainsaw user who wishes to fell trees that have a diameter of 380mm-760mm. If you just need a refresher this can be run from the second day of a full course and will last for two days.


Entry requirements

This course is suitable if you have already achieved the CS30 and CS31 qualifications: Maintain and Operate the Chainsaw Level 2 Award.

Course content

During this course you will learn how to:

  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on the work site
  • Select equipment required for safe and effective felling
  • Fell larger sized trees safely and accurately using an appropriate method
  • Sned and/or de-limb larger sized trees
  • Crosscut stems over guidebar length in diameter to a given specification
  • Select winching equipment suitable for takedown of a larger sized tree
  • Take down a hung-up tree with a winch.

You will also study to achieve an NPTC certificate of competence.

Assessment methods

The assessment for the NPTC course normally takes place 10 to 14 days after the initial training and will last a full day – the price is included in the course price.

Further study and career options

This course will be beneficial to your career if you are working in the horticulture and arboriculture industries, or if you are self-employed in roles such as 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

The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please contact our Student Recruitment Team on 01234 291000 for alternatives.

Start DateCourse Code
05/08/2013 B1304S2 Course in progress


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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

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