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Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm

CPD and short courses (short course)


4 days

Three days plus one day assessment to be arranged.


Get the knowledge, understanding and skills required to fell medium trees up to 760mm safely, to industry standards, in line with current legislation. This Level 3 Certificate of Competence is NPTC City & Guilds approved.

Full description

Who should attend?

The Level 3 Certificate of Competence is for individuals who operate chainsaws as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries and are competent in chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, felling and processing trees up to 380mm.


Tuesday 2 – Friday 5 April 2024
Assessment to be confirmed
Fully booked

Monday 13 – Thursday 16 May 2024
Assessment to be confirmed

Where you'll study

Your faculty

At Writtle College, our courses blending classroom learning with hands-on experience in specialised fields such as sport, agriculture, horticulture, animal studies, equine studies, conservation and floristry.

Our Level 2 and Level 3 programmes are designed to prepare you for your future career or higher education pathways.

Study on our beautiful countryside campus, with dedicated resource centres and state-of-the-art facilities – and be a part of our supportive community.

Where can I study?

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Fees & funding

Course fees

Standard booking


The cost includes NPTC registration.

An additional charge maybe incurred if you do not accept the assessment date offered to you.

Contact details

Short Courses team
For group bookings and other enquiries please email [email protected]

Entry requirements

This intensive practical course requires a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical information.

You must already be competent in chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, felling and processing trees up to 380mm.

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations therefore the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be used before you can start the course.

Equipment list for felling over 380mm

  • Chainsaw with maximum guide bar 15 inch (insurance requirement, above this length is not acceptable)
  • Fuel & oil in approved container(s)
  • Filing kit, for sharpening
  • Saw tool kit
  • Felling lever; if possible
  • 3 x high lift wedges
  • Sledge hammer
  • Timber tongs/hook
  • Turning strap
  • Measuring aid
  • Winch 1.6 ton SWL or greater with appropriate strops (can be provided)

Personal protective equipment

  • Hard hat assembly - with ear defenders, mesh visor (or safety glasses conforming to EN166)
  • Chainsaw gloves
  • Chainsaw trousers - type C
  • Chainsaw boots
  • Personal first aid kit/ large wound dressing
  • Whistle
  • Wet weather clothing

All equipment and PPE must conform to relevant CE approvals and be in a serviceable condition.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

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