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 the College 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 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 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.