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Units 201/202 Chainsaw Maintenance, Crosscutting, Felling, and Processing Trees up to 380mm

(previously CS30/31 & 201/202/203)

Pre-requisites: First Aid is highly recommended by the HSE, but not essential.

Fantastic forestry course run in beautiful woodlands – hand picked by us for the ultimate learning experience!

On this course you will learn legislation specific to chainsaw maintenance and operations, how to maintain a chainsaw – crucial for the safe use of the equipment. You will be taught crosscutting techniques, and how to fell trees using a variety of cuts, followed by instruction on how to process the tree to site specification. This course is run by an approved Lantra instructor, on a maximum 4:1 ratio. The course combines instruction and practice in both the workshop and out in the woodland)

  • Current HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Personnel Protective Equipment P.P.E
  • Chainsaw safety features and maintenance equipment
  • Chain maintenance
  • Guide bar maintenance
  • Maintenance of the power unit and drive system
  • Starting the chainsaw and pre-cutting tests
  • Assess tension and compression in timber
  • Crosscutting timber.
  • Risk assessment and emergency procedures/ site safety
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Fell trees
  • Assess leaning trees and the safest method of felling
  • Make accurate felling cuts
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and systematic manner
  • Crosscut timber accurately to site specification
  • Safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Handle and stack timber using safe manual handling techniques
  • Safe takedown of hung up trees using appropriate equipment
  • Safe use of aid tools



Chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and basic felling of trees up to 380mm Assessment

Assessments for units 201/202/203 (CS30/CS31) take place after the 5-day course has been completed. Alternatively, candidates can be assessed at a later date.


Assessment only: We offer a single day option for those who have attended this course previously, or those who feel they are competent to pass the assessments. We do recommend our one-day refresher course for anyone who would like additional training before being assessed.


For information on price and course duration, please see our Ground Based Arb and Forestry Courses page.

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