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Chainsaws – Level 2 Maintenance and Cross Cutting

Level 2

Course code: M03P128
Type: Short Courses
Duration: 3 days training and half a day’s assessment
Subject area: Forestry & arboriculture
Location: Walford
Full Cost - £470.00

About the course

The qualification covers the maintenance of a chainsaw and cross-cutting trees at ground level. This work will be carried out in a workshop or a woodland environment. Cross-cutting operations will include cross-cutting timber under tension in the form of fallen branches, tops, tree sections, severed uprooted stems, horizontal stems, or any timber in a similar situation.  This describes the cross-cutting of trees or timber into either manageable sections or to a specified given length and diameter, where trees have been felled

What qualification will I gain?

City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting

Why choose us

HLNSC have industry-qualified tutors with substantial experience in this subject area.

What you could do next

Mandatory qualifications are needed to enter the industry and learners can progress from Level 2 to Level 3. On attaining this qualification, the next qualification to attain, would be the City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm.

The following courses are some of the additional courses available:

  • Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (0039-22)

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees Over 380mm (old qualification)

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness (0039-23)

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Aerial Tree Pruning (0039-31)

  • City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Aerial Tree Rigging (0039-32)

Popular modules

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Key facts


  • Walford College


  • 9:00 – 16:15


  • On application

What do I need to bring with me?

The personal protective equipment (PPE) you should provide must comply with legal requirements. This includes:

  • Helmet BS EN 12492, will need eye and ear protection

  • Boots with good grip and ankle support

  • Outer clothing which is snag proof

  • Suitable gripper gloves ideally with rubber palms

  • Chainsaw boots BS EN ISO 1724

  • Chainsaw trousers Type C (all round protection EN381-5)

Assessment methods

The assessment is with an independent assessor and will be made up of both practical assessment and one to one questioning. The recommended duration for this is between 3 to 5 hours.

Entry requirements

Candidates must be at least 16 years old.