Chainsaw maintenance & crosscutting (previously NPTC unit CS30)

Duration :

Usually 2 days of training and an additional assessment day

Maximum trainees per course :


Price :

Training - price on application

Registration -             price on application

NPTC Assessment -  Price on application

Discounts maybe available for in-house courses

  • Work shop and site safety
  • Machine components and controls
  • Guide bar, saw chain and engine maintenance
  • Health and Safety features
  • Personal protective clothing (PPE)
  • Starting and precutting tests
  • Cross-cutting timber

Protective clothing, saws and accessories required for ground based chainsaw trining courses:

The following items of equipment and clothing are required when attending chainsaw courses.


  • Chainsaw in good working condition with guide bar no longer than 380mm and to relevant safety criteria - see HSE chainsaws at work INDG 317 NB. Top-handled saws are not acceptable on ground based courses.
  • Supply of chain lubricating oil.
  • 2-stroke mixture fuel (unleaded).
  • Clean filter funnel
  • Full tool kit for chainsaw maintenance including appropriate file for the chain size being used
  • Combination spanner
  • Felling lever, large or small with cant hook
  • Small plastic wedges
  • Hand cleaning materials

Protective Clothing:

  • Any chainsaw boots or wellingtons which are Class 1-3 are acceptable for chainsaw courses. NB. Chainsaw wellingtons however are not suitable for aerial tree work.
  • Safety helmet complete with ear defenders and visor (in date)
  • Chainsaw safety gloves - class 0
  • Chainsaw protective trousers with special safety fabric (type c or b) - type c is recommended for beginners because it offers 360 degree all round leg protection
  • Jackets and overalls to be made of non-snagging fabric with no cuffs, belts, flaps etc.
  • Chainsaw safety jacket (optional) NB. Spats are not acceptable
  • Waterproof, clothing and spare clothing for the end of the day
  • First aid kit with large wound dressing
  • Whistle
  • Gloves for carrying out maintenance
  • Overalls

Course - notes

Trainees will be required to bring their own saw, tools, fuel and protective clothing and boots.