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College Certificate in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting & Felling & Processing Trees up to 380mm

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Job opportunities after this course: 

This course covers the most popular of chainsaw units and are the first two required by a chainsaw operator in the Arboriculture Industry. On completion of this course, you will have the NPTC Certificates of Competence for the maintenance and use of a chainsaw for wood already on the ground and also the certificate for felling small trees (less than 380mm in diameter). These qualifications are recognised by the Industry and are essential for employment.

Overview of the course: 

A practical course - 2 days. Over the two days you will have gained the practical skills and knowledge to enable you take practical update your qualification to current industry standard.

Entry requirements: 

You must already hold the Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting (formally CS30) Full Course & Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380mm Full Course (formally CS31) Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.
East Durham College's Houghall Campus is committed to providing a supportive and welcoming environment for all our students. The campus, some of which is over 80 years old, has seen over £40m invested in new facilities over the last 4 years. However, there are still some aspects of the site which are not fully accessible and would cause an issue for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users; and due to the nature of the site, adjustments may not always be reasonable at this stage. The College is committed to further investment and improvements of the site, as we work towards ensuring the campus is as assessible as possible. If you have limited mobility or are a wheelchair user and wish to undertake a course at the Houghall Campus, please contact Student Services on 0191 375 4710 in the first instance to discuss your needs and options.


Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cut (002/3) and Fell and Process small trees < 380mm (004) - Refresh qualifications to current industry standard

How is the course assessed?: 

Skills are assessed during the practical training by the course tutor

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical CS units can be added to enhance your employment prospects.

Length of the course: 

2 full days


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

The course runs at various times throughout the year subject to demand.

More important information about this course:


Please contact us to enquire about flexible payment plan options, the fees payable are:

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (11 Oct 2021 12:15) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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How to apply: 

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