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.
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. He said:
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.