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CS31 City & Guilds NPTC L2 Certificate of Competence in felling Small Trees up to 380mm

  • 3 Days | Part Time
  • Suffolk Rural
  • Level 2 | Professional

Course overview

NPTC 0020-04 Felling & Processing Trees up to 380mm (CS31).

This course will prepare people for roles that will involve felling small trees safely and accurately, removing branches, crosscutting stems, stacking timber and taking down hung-up trees with hand tools.

You must be fit to undertake this training and be 19 years of age or over.

Felling courses are held off campus at a suitable felling site. This course is a pre-requisite to other chainsaw and arboriculture courses, such as:

  • Felling Trees over 380mm,
  • Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques.

You will need to bring: All PPE and equipment necessary for the course. PPE & Equipment list will be sent by email after booking or on request.


This course leads to a City & Guilds Level 2 Award 0020-04 via a competency assessment carried out by the NPTC. Once you have completed the training course, you will be contacted by the NPTC to arrange a convenient time and location for your assessment (the assessment is not carried out on the day of the course). If you would like to discuss this further please contact the NPTC directly at 01603 731250.

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. As an example, product labels detail essential information, and it is of paramount importance that a candidate can read and interpret this information to comply with legislative and operational requirements. If the candidate is unable to read and/or interpret a product label without assistance then they will not be deemed competent to practice, as if such a person were working without supervision in the workplace, there is the potential for a serious incident to occur. If you would like to discuss this further or make access arrangements for your assessment please contact the 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: £550

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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