Tree felling ( Small ) unit 203 old Cs31

Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm 

Unit 203  Courses are delivered to give the candidate the knowledge & practical skill to achieve certificates of competence by assessment by bodies such as NPTC City & Guilds.

new nptc city-guilds logoThis course £455.00+ vat per person


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Awarded certificates of competence are widely recognised by both sector employers and the health & safety executive.

Pre award of unit Cs30 [ chainsaw maintenance & cross cutting ] required

Guidance of the knowledge, techniques and skills in application to fell trees of a diameter between 8" and 15" at felling height primarily for commercial use.

Covering aspects such as the legal implications and restrictions, guidance relates to the implications of  legislation such as the wildlife & countryside act , SSSI, tree preservation orders, conservation areas, felling licenses and the effects on certain tree felling operations.

Prior to tree work commencing on site, guidance is given to prepare for and organise the on site works. By preparing risk assessments and implementing the measures required to control any hazard posed by the work operation.

During the course we look at the core techniques required to safely fell a small tree to enable the candidate to fell trees in a chosen direction covering a range of techniques. Including standard felling techniques for trees of normal growth habit and other techniques suited to those trees that have a growth pattern that either favours a slight lean for or against the intended direction of fell.

Along with the knowledge in application to deal with a tree that whilst falling becomes entangled with other tree[s] during the felling procedure a term known as 'Hung up'  the students will be guided to learn how with hand tools to extract the tree to the ground safely.

Once the tree is on the ground students are instructed how to then safely and systematically remove the branch structure  then cross cut  the stem into the required length with guidance on techniques to reduce incidence of kickback during chainsaw operations with guidance on the correct technique for the manual handling and processing of the arisings.

Understand operational safety during chainsaw maintenance - carry out routine & periodic maintenance to a chainsaw - start & check a chainsaw - understand operator safety during chainsaw use - cross-cut timber - stack the cross-cut timber  - identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a work site - select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective felling - fell small trees safely and accurately using an appropriate method - fell leaning trees using a safe technique - remove branches safely in a manner appropriate  to the branching habit - crosscut stems accurately and safely to a given length and diameter - stack the timber using appropriate manual handling techniques - take down small hung-up trees safely using appropriate hand tools.

Content of the Unit 203 CS31 Course

  • Identify and assess site risks and hazards and emergency procedures on a work site.
  • Safely organize the work site and state the procedures required for emergencies.
  • Assess the trees to be felled and the surroundings for hazards and risks.
  • Fell trees use a Guide bar length not to exceed 380mm or 15".
  • Fell a leaning tree using  the safest method of felling.
  • Make accurate cuts in the correct sequence and positions.
  • Delimb the felled trees in a safe and methodical manner.
  • Cross-cut timber  to required lengths.
  • Explain the terms 'tension' and 'compression' in timber & removal of saw trapped by compression .
  • In a safe manner handle and stack cut timber.
  • Assess a hung-up tree and perform the safest method of takedown.
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective takedown.
  • Take down hung-up trees to a safe condition.
  • State unsafe practices which must not be adopted. 
  • State relevant legislation surrounding the operations.

tree felling training course     

     Candidates should use their own Safety clothing PPE [ those these can be supplied subject to prior notice ]