NPTC 0021-08 Aerial Cutting with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques (Short Course) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

NPTC 0021-08 Aerial Cutting with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques (Short Course) - Suffolk Rural (Otley)

Subject Area: Arboriculture (Forestry and Tree Care) Suffolk Rural (Otley) Professional Development Adult Learning


Course Information

  • Start Date: Jun, 2021
  • Attendance: Industry Certification
  • Duration: 2 Days
  • Course Code:
  • Entry Requirements

    You must already hold the City & Guilds NPTC qualifications 0020-03, 0020-04 and 0020-13, or equivalent, to undertake the course. Please inform us if you hold an equivalent qualification as this needs to be verified before we can book your City & guilds NPTC test.

    You must be fit to undertake this training and be aged 19 or over.

    Course Overview

    This course takes place at our Suffolk Rural campus in Otley, and multiple course dates are offered.

    Learn removal of single limb parts of tree canopy to the complete removal of trees, without the use of rigging equipment.

    This course covers the removal of single limb parts of tree canopy to the complete removal of trees without the use of rigging equipment and the removal of tree sections from the crown using free-fall or hand thrown techniques . You will need to carry out a tree hazard evaluation and perform a ‘working at height’ assessment before starting this work. You will carry out cutting operations using appropriate access techniques. You will gain access and carry out cutting operations in line with the above assessment from a rope and harness. Your work must conform to all current legislation and codes of practice. This standard is for those who remove sections of trees.

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

    To apply, click 'Apply' where you will be taken to the Eventbrite page.


    This course leads to a City & Guilds Level 2 Award 0021-08 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 (assessment is not carried out on the day of the course).

    If you would like to discuss this further please contact the NPTC directly on 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 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 are able to 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, pesticide product labels detail essential information, and it is of paramount importance that a candidate is able to 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 serious incident to occur.

    If you would like to discuss this further or make access arrangements for your assessment, then please contact NPTC directly on 01603 731250.

    Course Highlights

    Course content includes :

    • PPE
    • Sending the Saw aloft
    • General Saw handling
    • Use of Chainsaw from a rope and harness to remove medium sized lateral branches
    • Use of Slings
    • How to free a trapped Saw
    • Basic Target Pruning

    Next Steps

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    Tuition Costs