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Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness (NPTC 0039-23)

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. This course prepares you for the competence assessment.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Arboriculture
Adult and Community
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Weeks: 1
Hours: 12.00
Start: Flexible
Tuition: £370
Exam: £140
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

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:

  • Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting
  • Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 350mm
  • Award in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue

(Verification of these units must be produced prior to the start of the course.)

This programme covers everything from the removal of single limb/parts of tree canopy to the complete removal of trees without the use of rigging equipment. It is also about the removal of tree sections from the crown using free-fall or hand-thrown techniques. You will need to carry out a tree hazard evaluation and perform a ‘working at height’ assessment before starting this work. You will carry out cutting operations using appropriate access techniques. You will gain access and carry out cutting operations in line with the above assessment from a rope and harness. Your work must conform to all current legislation and codes of practice. This programme is for those who remove sections of trees.

This course will be delivered on-site.

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.

Assessment leading to certification should take place as soon as possible following the successful completion of the training course. 

DCG 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 DCG part-time prospectus for a full list and details.

For more information, contact DCG on 0800 0280289 or

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Course Information Last Updated On: December 1, 2023 3:58 pm