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SRUC Training Courses: Chainsaw Operation: Chainsaw Maintenance, Crosscutting and Felling Small Trees up to 380mm (Formerly CS3031)

Accrediting Body

City & Guilds NPTC


This training course will take place on site or at one of our campuses and will be delivered by qualified instructors and leads to NPTC certification as detailed below.

What is Involved?

Formerly NPTC CS30 Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting Covers the corrective and preventative maintenance that is carried out by the operator prior to and during work for top or rear-handled saws and will be carried out in a workshop or a woodland environment. Cross-cutting operations will include cross-cutting timber under tension in the form of fallen branches, tops, tree sections, severed uprooted stems, horizontal stems, or any timber in a similar situation.
This describes the cross-cutting of trees or timber into either manageable sections or to a given length and diameter specification, either where trees have been felled (“at stump”), or at a conversion point to where trees or timber have been extracted. Cross-cutting operations are often carried out in conjunction with the snedding or de-limbing process. Timber under low and moderate tension is covered, but not timber under the extreme tensions found in e.g. windblown trees.

Formerly NPTC CS31
Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm
Covers the directional felling of trees using a chainsaw. The felling technique will be appropriate to tree size, weight, condition and species as well as taking into account guidebar size and weather conditions.

This covers both coniferous and broadleaved trees, trees that are upright, trees that are weighted towards and that are weighted against a given felling direction. If you are working with chemicals or machinery you need to be appropriately trained or certificated in line with current legislation. This standard is for those who carry out felling of trees using a chainsaw.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting and Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (formerly CS30 and CS31)

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE as per the list below:

Safety helmet complying with EN397. It is recommended that arborists working from a rope and harness use a mountaineering style helmet.

Suitable hearing protection complying with EN352.

Eye protection: mesh visor complying with EN1731 or safety glasses to EN166.

Upper body protection: Chainsaw jackets to BS EN 381-11. Chainsaw jackets can provide additional protection where operators are at increased risk (eg trainees, unavoidable use of a chainsaw above chest height). However, this needs to be weighed against increased heat stress generated by physical exertion (eg working from a rope and harness).

Gloves*: The use of appropriate gloves is recommended under most circumstances. The type of glove will depend on a risk assessment of the task and machine. Consider the need for protection from cuts from the chainsaw, thorny material and cold/wet conditions. Where chainsaw gloves are required these need to be to have protective guarding on back of left hand and comply with EN 381-7.

Leg protection* incorporating chain clogging materials complying with EN381-5. (All-round protection is recommended for arborists working in trees, for trainees and occasional users, such as those working in agriculture.)

Protective boots* with good grip and protective guarding at front vamp and instep complying with BS EN ISO 20345:2004 and bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw to show compliance with EN 381-3. (For occasional users working on even ground where there is little risk of tripping or snagging on undergrowth or brash, protective gaiters conforming to EN 381-9 may be worn in combination with steel-toe-capped safety boots.)

Non-snag outer clothing. The use of high-visibility clothing may also be appropriate.

Personal first-aid kit including a large wound dressing.

All personal protective equipment must comply with HSE/CE standards and must be undamaged and fully serviceable. *These items should carry the CE chainsaw logo

Chainsaw and Equipment:
SRUC would encourage you to bring your own saw and tools for this course. The list below will provide further information about the equipment you would need to bring.
However should you not have your own saw SRUC are able to supply all equipment required for this course without any additional fees.

Rear handled chainsaw
Maximum recommended guide bar length is 15”
Manufacturer’s handbook
Ensure the stop switch works and is clearly marked;
Ensure the front hand guard/chain brake, chain catcher and anti-vibration mounts are undamaged and functional;
Ensure the throttle opens only when the throttle lock is depressed;
Ensure it is fitted with a chain type recommended by the manufacturer and is designed to reduce kickback, which is the uncontrolled upward and/or backward motion of the guide bar. It happens when the nose of the guide bar contacts an object such as a log or branch or when the wood pinches the saw chain in the cut
Ensure the exhaust system and silencer are in good order;
Ensure there is a mandatory hearing protection symbol on the chainsaw.
Make sure you have the equipment recommended by the manufacturer to carry out sharpening, maintenance and adjustments and a chain cover for transportation.
Tool belt with logger tape, pulp hook and tongs
Breaker bar with cant hook
High lift wedges

You will also need to bring 1 Passport Photograph if you would like to receive a Skills ID card on completion of the course.

You should also bring a packed lunch for the felling delivery off site.

Course Dates

SRUC Barony Campus Dates:
w/c 18th January 2021 with Assessment on the 23rd or 24th January.

Please note that further dates can be scheduled on request.


5 days plus assessment

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On customer premises;
SRUC Barony Campus;
SRUC Oatridge Campus


£925.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


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To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Fiona Lanni (SRUC Barony/Ayr)

01292 525355

Contact 2

Liz Rioch (SRUC Elmwood)

01334 658842

Contact 3

Samantha Bain (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 534520