Current legislation requires that all those who undertake chainsaw operations within the canopy of a tree from rope and harness must be appropriately trained and qualified. The training course offered by Derby College Group equips the candidate to undertake an industry-compliant ‘Certificate of Competence’ assessment.
You will need to be at least 18 years of age and should hold a ‘Certificate of Competence’ in the following units:
(Verification of these units must be produced prior to the start of the course.)
The course will cover the skills to undertake safe and efficient branch removal operations, utilising a range of cutting techniques while being supported from rope and harness.
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, climbing equipment, chainsaws and ancillary tools can be provided by the College, for which a fee will be charged.
Please note – equipment is not available for hire for assessments. You will therefore need to have other arrangements in place for your assessment.
Candidates may use their own climbing equipment and chainsaw providing that it complies with current legislation. All climbing equipment must have LOLER certification, which will need to be produced at the start of the course.
It is recommended that candidates do not purchase specialist equipment prior to the course. The tutor will offer advice on the purchase of all specialist equipment during the training.
Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Arboriculture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group 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.