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CS31 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

NPTC Certified Courses for the Forestry Industry

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved the Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting before taking this course. This course covers the felling of small trees with a diameter of up to 380mm.

Course Content

  • Risk assessment and emergency procedures
  • Felling techniques of trees from 200 – 380mm diameter
  • Take down of trees with the aid of hand tools
  • Delimbing and snedding techniques
  • Conversion and presentation of timber


Following the course, candidates will be assessed for NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Felling Trees up to 380mm. This is a practical assessment which will take place on a separate day. Tests are organised by NPTC to take place at College, however if you wish to reschedule this to take place on your own site, please advise at time of booking.

Candidates can progress on to Award in Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm diameter or on to Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-fall Techniques. Please note that candidates must also hold the Award in Accessing a Tree Using a Rope and Harness and Aerial Tree Rescue Operations in order to progress onto Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Freefall Techniques.

Key Facts

Venue: Holme Lacy Campus

Duration: 3 days (plus additional 1/2 day for NPTC assessment)

Time: 09:15 – 16:30


  • 11-13th January 2023
  • 13th – 15th March 2023
  • 19th-21st April 2023

Assessment date: TBC

Fee: £520.00 including NPTC Assessment

Please Note: Course fees are subject to change, please call 0800 032 1986 for the latest details.