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SRUC Training Courses: Chainsaw Operation: Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees (Formerly CS34)

Accrediting Body

City & Guilds


This 2 day 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?

NPTC Level 3 Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees Using a Chainsaw(Formerly NPTC CS34)This qualification is about the severing of root-plates from windblown or individual uprooted trees using a chainsaw. The trees will not be in a position that requires assistance from emergency services or utility companies. This covers trees that have been windblown or uprooted by storm damage, earth movement or other physical agent.
The trees will be intermeshed in a complex fashion so that a planned order of approach will be necessary to complete the work. The order of work will often involve the severing and extraction of part-blown and wind-snapped trees prior to severing root-plates from fully blown stems. The trees will be both over and under guidebar length in diameter and will be both fully and partially uprooted. This also includes the severing of root-plates that overhang the chainsaw operator’s cutting position using mechanical or other appropriate machinery for restraint.

This also describes the severing of partly blown (leaning) trees and the felling of wind-snapped (broken) trees with and without the tops attached. Winches or other appropriate machinery may also be used for restraint of trees with side tension or where the stem is likely to roll.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold the appropraite pre-requisites for this course. These are: CS30, CS31 and CS32

Certification/Award on Completion

City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees Using a Chainsaw

What you will need to bring

Appropriate PPE, Equipment, 1 Passport Photograph and a Packed Lunch.

Course Dates

Course dates will be scheduled on request, please contact your local campus to express your interest.


2 days plus assessment

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On customer premises;
SRUC Barony Campus.


£545.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


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How do I book?

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 BaronyAyr)