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Level 3 Award in the Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

Undertaking the Level 3 Award in Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform - MEWP Qualification will enable you to prove your competence in forestry and/or arboriculture operations and evidence your ability to meet licence to practice and/or other legal requirements made by the relevant sector, professional or industry.

Overview of the course: 

This course covers the skills and knowledge to safely and effectively use a chainsaw from a Mobile elevated work platform (MEWPs) to Industry standard.

Entry requirements: 

All candidates must hold the following units Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting (formally CS30), Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (formally CS31) and also a Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Mobile Elevated Work Platform. 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.


This 1 day practical course will cover the following;
Understand relevant health and safety and industry good practice
Be able to promote health and safety and industry good practice
Understand how to set up and operate a MEWP
Be able to set up and operate a MEWP in accordance with industry good practice and the operator’s manual
Understand how to deal with emergency situations affecting operators working from a MEWP
Understand how to operate a chainsaw from a MEWP
Be able to operate a chainsaw from a MEWP
Be able to prepare a MEWP for transport

How is the course assessed?: 

The course is assessed by a external practical assessment from NPTC the day after training.

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical units can be added to further industry skills.

Length of the course: 

A 1 day practical course with a practical assessment the following day.


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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