Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

Qualification: LANTRA award Level 2 Certificate in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm
Cost: £620
Duration: 4 days
Location: To suit your requirements
Prerequisites: You must have completed a Level 2 Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting course before attending this course.

This course is ideal for those wishing to up-skill their current Level 2 Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting qualification to include felling and processing trees up to 380mm. It will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are not only confident when using a chainsaw but also aware of relevant health and safety requirements making sure you stay protected.

Who is it for?

This course will be suitable for you if you work in, or are looking to work in any of the following industries:

  • Arboriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Woodland industries
  • Agriculture
  • Local Authorities
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Land-based industries

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Starting the chainsaw and pre-cutting tests
  • Felling
  • Take down hung-up trees using hand tools
  • Branch removal – snedding and de-limbing
  • Clearing working area and work equipment checks

What will be covered?

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a worksite
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and
    locate the various standard marks
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Explain safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Make accurate felling cuts in the correct positions
  • Fell trees which have a diameter less than 380mm
  • Assess a leaning tree and the safest method of felling
  • Assess a hung-up tree and the safest method of take-down
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective take-down
  • Make accurate severing cuts in the correct positions
  • State techniques which must not be used for the take-down of hung-up trees
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and methodical manner
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner

Equipment required as per pre-course hand-out:

  • Chainsaw
  • Operator’s maintenance kit and equipment
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

This course culminates in an independent assessment for a LANTRA awards Level 2 Certificate in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm.