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.
Mature student Mark Hall clearly recalls the elation he felt when he conquered his fears and peeped from the top branch of a towering tree across the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
Mark, 40, took redundancy from his supervisor's job at Tesco in Alfreton and retrained as an arborist at Derby College's Broomfield Hall.
Now he and his colleague Andrew Fretwell, who also took redundancy from Tesco, have launched their own business, Green Line Tree Services.
Mark gained a Distinction on his Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, second only to Andrew's Distinction*.
He said he gradually built confidence in his climbing skills and in using his equipment.
The moment he first stood at the top of his "target tree" to look at the stunning views around Broomfield Hall is "not one I'm likely to forget."
It was an excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I got on very well with the lecturers. They knew so much and it almost felt like an honour to be able to absorb their knowledge as they passed it on.
"The wealth of information that was there throughout, from woodland management, to the practical side: you never felt you weren't getting what you needed.