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CS30 - MAINTAIN & OPERATE THE CHAIN SAW

Learning Outcomes


The candidate will be able to:
  • Identify, inspect and comment on key parts of the chain saw
  • Prepare the chain saw for work safely without risk to themselves, other people or the environment
  • Carry out daily and routine maintenance on the chain saw
  • Operate the chainsaw safely and effectively and comfortably in accordance with the practical risk assessment
  • Operate the chainsaw safely without risk to themselves, other people and the environment
  • State the identified knowledge that underpins understanding of operating a chainsaw
  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a work site

The assessment is divided into 2 compulsory units:

  • Unit 30.1 Maintenance of the Chainsaw
  • Unit 30.2 On-site preparation and basic crosscutting

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS31 - FELL SMALL TREES

Learning Outcomes


The candidate will be able to:
  • Identify the Risk Assessment and Emergency procedures on a work site
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective felling
  • Fell small trees safely and accurately using an appropriate method
  • Fell trees weighted in direction of fall using a safe technique
  • Remove branches safely in a manner appropriate to the branching habit
  • Crosscut stems accurately and safely to a given length and diameter specification
  • Stack timber using appropriate manual handling techniques
  • Take down small hung-up trees safely using appropriate hand tools

The assessment contains 4 compulsory parts:

  • Part 1 Fell Small Trees
  • Part 2 Remove branches by appropriate method
  • Part 3 Crosscut felled trees
  • Part 4 Takedown of hung-up trees using hand tools

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Unit 30 – Maintain and Operate the chainsaw.

A minimum of two trees must be felled to the required standard one of which may be hung up for assessment in Part 4. The candidate must achieve Part 1 assessment activity 6 and either assessment activity 7 or 8 (at the assessor’s choice).

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS32 - FELL MEDIUM SIZED TREES

Learning Outcomes


The candidate will be able to:
  • Identify the Risk Assessment and Emergency procedures on a work site
  • Select equipment required for safe and effective felling
  • Fell medium sized trees safely and accurately using an appropriate method
  • Sned and / or de-limb medium sized trees
  • Crosscut stems over guide bar length in diameter to a given specification
  • Select winching equipment suitable for takedown of a medium sized tree
  • Take down a hung-up medium sized tree with a winch

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Units 30 and 31.

The assessment comprises a minimum of four parts, three compulsory parts 1, 3 &4 and two optional parts, either 2a and/or 2b. The unit will be endorsed according to the method of removing branches (either CS32a -Sned or CS32b - Delimb).

  • Part 1 Fell medium sized trees
  • Part 2a Remove branches by Snedding
  • Part 2b Remove branches by De-limbing
  • Part 3 Crosscut felled stems over guide bar length (15”) in diameter up to 760mm (30”)
  • Part 4 Takedown of medium sized hung-up trees using a winch

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS 33 – FELL LARGE TREES

The original CS33 Fell Large Trees is no longer available, as CS32 now has no upper limit and thus covers both medium and large trees.  It has been superseded with CS49 Specialist Tree Felling.

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CS34 – PROCESS INDIVIDUAL WINDBLOWN TREES

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Restrain root plates and trees under horizontal and vertical stress
  • Process wind blown and wind damaged trees

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Units 30, 31 and 32

The assessment contains 1 Unit CS34 (compulsory):

  • Unit 34.Sever individual windblown stems and use a winch to restrain root plates or side tension

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS35 - PROCESS MULTIPLE WINDBLOWN TREES

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Process multiple wind blown trees
  • Fell leaning, half blown and hung tree section

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Units 30, 31, 32 and 34

The assessment contains 1 Unit CS35 (compulsory):

  • Unit 35: Sever multiple windblown stem: fell Leaning half blown, broken stem and half hung tree sections

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS38 - CLIMB TREES AND PERFORM AERIAL RESCUE

This qualification does not involve the use of the chainsaw, but covers the minimum
requirements for a ground person working with a climber.

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Undertake a risk assessment of tree climbing operations
  • Select, inspect and use a range of tree climbing equipment
  • Safely climb a tree, move around the crown and descend to the ground
  • Carry out aerial rescues from different situations

The assessment contains 3 compulsory parts:

  • Part 1. Climb a Tree
  • Part 2. Conduct aerial rescue
  • Part 3. Identify tree species

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified
Candidates must successfully achieve part 1 before undertaking assessment for part 2

The candidate will be the climber.
Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS39 - USE OF A CHAINSAW FROM A ROPE AND HARNESS

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used.
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment.
  • Operate a chainsaw whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness.

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Units 30, 31, plus CS38

The assessment contains 1 compulsory unit:

  • CS39: Use of a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness.

The candidate will be the climber.
Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS40 - CARRY OUT PRUNING OPERATIONS

This unit covers the use of the chainsaw and/or other pruning tools working from a rope and harness in conjunction with a ground person in medium sized open grown trees

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used.
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment.
  • Comment upon the structure, condition and properties of the tree(s) to be worked upon.
  • Use a chainsaw and other pruning tools whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness in conjunction with ground staff.

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Units 30, 31, 38 plus CS39

The assessment contains 2 compulsory parts as follows:

  • Part 1: Carry out Crown Thinning.
  • Part 2: Carry out Crown Reduction.

The candidate will be the climber.
Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS41 - UNDERTAKE SECTIONAL FELLING OPERATIONS

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used.
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment.
  • Operate a chainsaw whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness.
  • Use lowering ropes and other associated equipment to carry out lowering and sectional felling operations.
  • Undertake a range of arboricultural operations without risk to themselves, other people or the environment.

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Units 30, 31, 38 plus CS39

The assessment contains 1 compulsory unit:

  • CS41 - Undertake Sectional Felling Operations.

The candidate will be the climber.
Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS42 – CARRY STUMP PROTECTION - USING STUMP PROTECTION FLUIDS (Simple Hand Held Equipment)

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Transport fluid from central site to work site
  • Prepare the chosen applicator for work and operate it without risk to themselves, other people and the environment
  • Carry out routine maintenance on the chosen applicator
  • Carry out the correct procedure for cleaning personal protective equipment and the chosen applicator

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CS43 - FELL UTILITY POLES

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify the Risk Assessment and Emergency procedures on a work site.
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective felling of poles
  • Prepare pole and adjacent area for felling operation
  • Fell poles safely and accurately using an appropriate method

Prior to assessment in this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve CS Unit 30.

The assessment consists of 2 compulsory Parts:

  • Part 1 Prepare Wooden Utility Poles for Felling
  • Part 2 Fell Wooden Utility poles

This unit covers Utility poles that are not connected to a circuit
A minimum of two poles must be prepared and felled using an appropriate method
Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS 45 - ARBORICULTURAL GROUND-WORKER

This unit covers the working operation typically expected of the person working on the ground assisting the climber. Skills include setting out the site, sending the saw and other equipment up to the climber, operating lowering equipment, breaking down crown sections, handling and stacking arisings.

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used.
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment.
  • Break down crowns sections
  • Operate hand tools.

The assessment contains 1 compulsory unit as follows:

  • Unit CS45 - Undertake the role of an Arborist Ground-Worker.

The candidate will be the arborist ground worker,
Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified.

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CS47 - USE OF A CHAINSAW FROM A MOBILE ELEVATED WORK PLATFORM (MEWP)

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Carry out pre-use inspection and set up prior to using a MEWP
  • Set up a MEWP for work
  • Achieve a safe working position with the MEWP
  • Operate a chainsaw from the MEWP to remove lateral limbs
  • Operate a chainsaw from the MEWP to remove vertical stem sections

Prior to assessment, candidates must first have achieved units CS30.1, CS30.2 and CS31.  Candidates must also hold a suitable competence certificate in operating the MEWP that is going to be used for the assessment. This could be the “NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use and Operation of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms” or an alternative nationally recognised certificate. Assessors must have sight of this prior to commencing assessment. Candidates who cannot demonstrate this should arrange to be assessed in the NPTC MEWP qualification by an approved NPTC assessor, at the same time as this unit.

The assessment is divided in to 3 compulsory parts:

  • Carry out pre-work operational checks and set up
  • Operate a chainsaw from the platform to remove lateral limbs.
  • Operate a chainsaw from the platform to remove vertical stem sections.

Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities (unless otherwise specified) in all three parts.

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CS48 - USE OF POWERED POLE PRUNERS

Learning Outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • Identify, inspect and comment on key parts of the powered pole pruners
  • Prepare the powered pole pruner for work safely without risk to themselves, other people or the environment
  • Carry out daily and routine maintenance on the powered pole pruner
  • Operate the powered pole pruner safely and effectively and comfortably in accordance with the practical risk assessment
  • Operate the powered pole pruner safely without risk to themselves, other people and the environment
  • State the identified knowledge that underpins understanding of operating a powered pole pruner
  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a work site

The assessment is divided into 2 compulsory parts:

  • Part 48.1 Maintenance of the Powered pole pruner
  • Unit 48.2 On-site preparation and basic pruning

Candidates must successfully achieve all Assessment Activities unless otherwise specified. (NB. Candidates who have already achieved CS30.1 will not be required to undertake part 48.1)

Candidates must successfully achieve all assessment activities (unless otherwise specified) in all three parts.

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CS 49 – SPECIALIST TREE FELLING

Learning Outcomes

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