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Level: 1

Location: Broomfield Hall

Years: 1

Weeks: 1

Hours: 18.00

Start: Roll On Roll Off - Contact Us

Days / Times: Contact Us

Tuition (£): 470.00*

Exams (£): 140.00**

Interview: N

Course Summary

Current legislation states that all those required to undertake chainsaw felling operations on small trees (trees with a basal diameter of less than 15”) must be appropriately trained and qualified. The training course offered by Derby College equips candidates to undertake an industry-compliant ‘Certificate of Competence’ assessment.

Entry requirements

You will need to be aged at least 18 and you must hold a ‘Certificate of Competence’ in the following units:

  • CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting

Verification of this unit must be produced prior to the start of the course.

Course Content

The course will cover:

  • An understanding of the legislation and health and safety requirements governing the undertaking of a tree felling operation
  • The practical skills to undertake safe and efficient small tree felling operations, completing a range of different cuts for different tree scenarios
  • The practical skills required for the safe and efficient removal of a ‘hung-up’ tree
  • The practical skills required for the ‘break-down’ of a felled tree and its cross-cutting into specific timber lengths

How will I be assessed?

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.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.

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.

What can I do after this course?

Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Arboriculture and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.

 

* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
** Exam - This fee is to cover the cost of registration with the relevant awarding body.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Broomfield Hall Campus

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About Broomfield Hall »

Mark Hall

Mark Hall

Mark scales the heights after retraining as arborist

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."
He said:

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.


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