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CS30 City & Guilds NPTC L2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting

  • 2 Days | Part Time
  • Suffolk Rural
  • Level 2 | Vocational

Course overview

NPTC 0020-03/0020-09 Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting (CS30)

This qualification is about the maintenance of a chainsaw and cross-cutting trees at ground level.

Cross-cutting operations will include cross-cutting timber under tension in the form of fallen branches, tops, tree sections, severed uprooted stems, horizontal stems, or any timber in a similar situation. This describes the cross-cutting of trees or timber into either manageable sections or to a given length and diameter specification, either where trees have been felled (“at stump”), or at a conversion point to where trees or timber have been extracted.

The course content includes:

  • Identify the appropriate protective clothing and equipment,
  • Work Preparation,
  • Servicing and Maintaining the Saw,
  • Cross-cutting of timber

You will need to bring: Chainsaw, tools and the relevant PPE. PPE & Equipment list will be sent by email after booking or on request.


This course leads to a City & Guilds Level 2 Award 0020-03 via a competency assessment. Competency will be assessed by the NTPC after you have completed the training course, not on the day of the course. Your assessment will be booked through the NPTC to be carried out at a convenient time and location. You will be assessed by using a combination of practical assessment and theory-based questioning. Please submit a clear, passport-style photo to in advance of your course for your ID card registration. Failure to do this will incur a charge if additional certificates or ID cards need to be issued. If you have any queries about the assessment please contact the NPTC at 01603 731250. Successful candidates will be awarded their certificate directly from the NPTC.

NPTC – Disabilities and Access Arrangements

Please inform us immediately, if you have not already done so, of any disabilities that may disadvantage you in the successful completion of your assessment; for example, if you have dyslexia or English is not your first language or any mild disability which may require you to have some assistance. Under guidance from C&G, we can make access arrangements for some learners to demonstrate their competence under assessment, without changing the demands of that assessment. Examples of access arrangements include readers, scribes, extra time, or modified assessment material. However, as Certificates of Competence are vocational qualifications, candidates must achieve all the required units to gain a full qualification, and the awarding body will not make adjustments to the required competence standards. If you would like to discuss this further or make access arrangements for your assessment, then please contact NPTC directly at 01603 731250.

Please note: You are responsible for ensuring that your fitness is suitable for the safe use of machinery. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guide the use of chainsaws.

Certain medical conditions may affect the ability of a person to operate a chainsaw safely. Seek further medical advice if prospective operators have any condition affecting, eg their:

  • Mobility (eg arthritis, stroke)
  • Alertness (eg diabetes or alcohol/drug dependency)
  • Physical strength (eg heart conditions)
  • Vision (which cannot be corrected by glasses or contact lenses)
  • Manual dexterity/grip strength (eg vibration white finger)
  • Balance (eg vertigo, giddiness or epilepsy)
  • The above is not reproduced in its entirety, but extracted from HSE – Chainsaw At Work – INDG317(rev2), published 01/13

Enrolment End Date: Please note that the enrolment for this course closes 3 working days before the start of the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to process late enrolments after that point.

Course timings: 09:00 – 16:30

Course cost: £495

Refreshments and lunch will be available to purchase at the College refectories. Alternatively, you may wish to bring your refreshments and packed lunch if preferred.

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