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NPTC 0039-21 Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Felling Small Trees up to 380mm (CS31)

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    Level 2

  • Venue
    Easton College

  • Course Code


This qualification 0039-21 (CS31) City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Felling Small Trees up to 380mm is for individuals who operate chainsaws as part of their work in arboriculture, forestry or other industries. It will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and skills, required to fell small trees up to 380mm safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation.
The course content will cover risk assessment, emergency planning, legislation, industry best practice, environmental considerations, recognition of disease and decay, modification of felling methods, setting up supports, felling techniques and cuts, pre-start checks, site preparation, dealing with hung up trees, aid tools, branch removal, dealing with brash, cross-cutting timber to length, staking timber and waste disposal.

The course training is over 3days . The assessment will be carried out at a separate time. You will be expected to travel to the felling wood site and bring your own chainsaw that complies with current legal requirements and PPE. A full list of what you will need will be sent to you closer to the time.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved City & Guilds 0039-20 Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting (or equivalent version).


This qualification will support progression into employment where felling small trees is part of the role. Safe operational skills are key to efficient use, good working practice and preventing accidents, leading to business benefits in terms of less machinery damage and down time.


To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:

  • One to one practical assessment with oral questioning by an NPTC City & Guilds approved assessor

The assessment is carried out separate to the training.


If you successfully complete this qualification you could go on to increase your level of proficiency through consolidation practice within a working environment, or develop skills in 003922 (CS38) Tree climbing aerial rescue or 003923 (CS39) Chainsaw from a rope and Harness.



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