Current legislation requires those whose work involves the use of chainsaws to be adequately trained and qualified. The training course offered by Derby College equips the candidate to undertake an industry-compliant ‘Certificate of Competence’ assessment.
You will need to be at least 18 years of age. Ideally you should have some experience in the industry.
The course will cover:
External assessment leading to certification will 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 can be provided by the College, for which a fee is payable.
Please note, equipment is not available for hire for the assessments. You will therefore need to have other arrangements in place for your assessment.
Candidates may use their own chainsaws on the course providing that they comply with current legislation.
It is recommended that candidates do not specifically 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.
A schoolboy who loved climbing has grown up to be a skilled tree surgeon planning to work on the other side of the world.
Douglas Porter (19) says Derby College "set me up for the future" and he wakes up excited about work every day.
The Tansley teenager's parents used to be Park Rangers on Derbyshire's High Peak Trail and when he went out with them as a boy he "just loved climbing trees."
He helped out, aged just 15 with a local tree surgeons' business, where members of staff recommended Broomfield Hall to him.
Douglas gained a distinction after studying for the college's one year Level 2 Diploma in Forestry Arboriculture.
He enjoyed the "hands-on" course, which included chainsaw maintenance, industry legislation, how to climb and work safely and a business module. He gained his Level 3 with a merit at a college in York.
Derby College set me up for the future and really pushed my climbing – every day I wake up and I'm looking forward to work. At the moment I'm planning to go to New Zealand. The country looks amazing and the job is better paid over there.