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Unit 302 Aerial Tree Pruning Course

(previously CS40 & 307)


An excellent course that looks in more detail at the biology and anatomy of trees, and why, when and where to prune. We look at a variety of different tools that may be used to prune and their advantages and disadvantages in differing situations and areas within the crown of a tree. This arboricultural pruning operations course is aimed at people experienced in tree climbing and using a chainsaw within a tree.


Pre-requisite units: 201, 202, 203, 206, 306, 308


  • Understand the current legislation and industry good practice, especially adherence to BS3998
  • Understand potential environmental damage that could occur and how to respond appropriately
  • Perform a hazard evaluation of the tree and working at height assessment
  • Understand how tree species, their condition and the time of year affect the work
  • Be able to define pruning prescriptive terms and measurements
  • Principles of target pruning and the effect on tree pruning operations
  • Understand the importance of accurate and appropriate cuts when removing branch material.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of a range of pruning tools
  • Perform various pruning techniques

NPTC Aerial Tree Pruning Course Assessment

The 2-day course for unit 307 (previously CS40) includes integrated arboricultural pruning operations assessment.


For information on price and course duration, please see our Aerial Training Courses page.

Upcoming Courses

201/202/203 (201/202)
Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-cutting and felling up to 380mm.

Date: Training: 2nd - 6th August. Assessment: 9th or 10th August.
Location: Suffolk
Basic Electrical Knowledge

Date: Training: 2nd - 3rd August. Assessment: 4th August.
Location: Earl Soham
Tree I.D, Prune and Fell Trees Ground & Aerial

Date: Training: 4th - 5th August. Assessment: 6th August.
Location: Suffolk
206/306 (203)
Access a Tree using Rope and Harness & Carry out Aerial Rescue Operations

Date: Training: 9th - 13th August. Assessment: 16th August.
Location: Suffolk
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