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.
Former Arboriculture student Andy Smith has his sights set on using the skills he learnt at Derby College in Australia.
Andy, who has family in Australia already in the profession, decided to come back to College to gain new skills and turn his life around.
I had been in a pretty dead end job so decided to go back to College and loved every minute of it. The course is great and the tutors are really knowledgeable. I have started the process of moving to Australia as they need people with my skills and I hope to be there in a few months.