Course Information

Who is the course for?

A practical course designed for the professional user or anyone who requires the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.

What does the course involve?

The course covers specialist cutting techniques for using saws up trees. CS39 is accepted by the HSE as evidence of suitable training and competence for professional arborist who operate chainsaws and perform aerial tree-work operations.

What makes this course special?

The practical skills and underpinning knowledge that is required prior to being assessed for the Certificate of Competence, as required by legislation.

Entry Requirements

Learners must already hold the NPTC Certificate of Competence CS30 Maintain and Operate a Chainsaw, CS31 Small Tree Felling and CS38 Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue qualifications. Learners will be required to bring the following to the course:

  • Class 1 tree climbing chainsaw boots
  • All weather non-snag outdoor clothing
  • Lunch - a packed lunch and flask, as the majority of the course will be off-site 
  • Writing materials (preferably a small pocket notebook)
  • An emergency whistle (available from most outdoor pursuit shops)
  • Sharp retractable pocket knife suitable for cutting 14 mm nylon rope
  • Chainsaw protective trousers (Class 1 Type C)

You may bring your own tree climbing equipment; however, this will need to be checked for suitability by the course instructor.

What are the assessment methods?

A practical assessment with an external NPTC assessor following the three-day course.

How long is the course?

The course in held on demand and will run for 30 hours over one week.

What are the progression options?

Progression to CS32.

For further course information and to book a place, please email adamsa@bridgwater.ac.uk or call 01278 655065.

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