Current legislation states that all those required to undertake chainsaw felling operations on small trees (trees with a basal diameter of less than 380mm) must be appropriately trained and qualified. The training course offered by Derby College equips candidates to undertake an industry-compliant ‘Certificate of Competence’ assessment.
You will need to be aged at least 18 and you must hold a ‘Certificate of Competence’ in the following units:
Verification of this unit must be produced prior to the start of the course.
The course will cover:
External assessment leading to certification should take place as soon as possible following the successful completion of the training course. NPTC assessments are organised through Derbyshire Landskills.
All specialist safety clothing, chainsaws and ancillary tools can be provided by the College, for which a fee will be charged.
Candidates may use their own chainsaw providing that it complies with current legislation.
Please note that equipment is not available for hire for the assessment. You will therefore need to have other arrangements in place for your assessment.
It is recommended that candidates do not purchase specialist equipment prior to the course. During the training, advice on the purchase of all specialist equipment will be offered by the course instructor.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Forestry and Tree Surgery, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
An award-winning mature student says he felt a sense of "privilege" to be trained by lecturers at Broomfield Hall. Andrew Fretwell, 39, took redundancy from his supervisor's job at Tesco in Alfreton and decided to relaunch his career in arboriculture. He completed his one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture as the only student to gain a Distinction* – and was named Arboriculture Student of the Year.
Andrew said he felt proud to gain the accolade and gave particular praise to lecturer Simon Hunt, who he said had contributed hugely to his achievements. Now Andrew has set up Green Line Tree Services with his friend Mark Hall, who also took taking redundancy from Tesco. Mark joined Andrew in retraining at Broomfield where he gained a Distinction. Andrew said:
I loved the course from start to finish. Every aspect of each section had somebody knowledgeable. It felt like a privilege having the chance to get trained by them, and especially by Simon Hunt who gave us a lot of attention. Simon is trained to a really high level and he'd come in once a week to help with practical training.