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NPTC 39 23 Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness

  • LEVEL 2

Course Overview

Individuals who use chainsaws as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries. It will provide the individual with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to use chainsaws from a rope and harness safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation.

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Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved 0039-20 Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance and CrossCutting, 0039-21 Level 2 Certificate of Compete...

Course information

It covers risk assessment, emergency planning, legislation, industry best practice, environmental considerations, tree condition, tools and equipment, pruning techniques, and pruning from a rope and harness.

3 Days including assessment

One to one practical assessment with oral questioning by an NPTC City & Guilds approved assessor.

There are a number of options following the successful completion of this course and the related assessment; however, the usual route is to complete the ‘rigging’ course:

Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (39-32) CS41)

Level 2

You will need the following equipment and PPE for this course.


One top-handled chainsaw in good working order. Complete with owner’s manual and chainsaw lanyard.
Two round chainsaw files as appropriate to chain type.
An appropriate file holder (for above files).
One 6′ flat file – smooth cut with rounded edges.
File handles for the above files.
Combi-spanner / screwdriver.
Depth gauge filing guide with bar scraper (or separate bar scraper).
Grease gun for guide as applicable.
A combination fuel/oil can, with fuel and oil sufficient for the course.
Climbing equipment with LOLER certificate-(harness, climbing rope x 2, adjustable lanyard, min 4 Prusik loops, 4 karabiners, spikes, flipline). All equipment should be CE certified and no hand tied prusiks please.
-NOTE: LOLER certificates or proof of purchase for equipment under 6 months old, must be shown to both the trainer and the assessor therefore please make these available on the relevant days.
Protective helmet with chin strap, ear and eye protection.
Chainsaw trousers: Type C with all round leg and groin protection.
Chainsaw protective boots with good grip.
Wet weather clothing (if needed).
One personal first aid kit (see FISA 802).

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