Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-fall  Techniques


The qualification you will receive following successful completion and assessment will be equivalent to CS39 as it was formally known or as it is now – 0021-08 Unit 308 – Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques.


Who is it for?

This course is suitable for you if you are working in any of the following industries:

  • Arboriculture
  • Forestry
  • Woodland industries
  • Local authorities
  • Conservation

This course is intended if you are already experienced in climbing trees using work positioning systems and who are experienced in chainsaw use, including felling small trees up to 380mm. You must be physically fit and not suffering from vertigo or similar conditions or on medication that could affect their safety.

Chainsaw users should be particularly aware of the potential hazards of being cut by the saw, hit by the timber and exposure to noise and vibration. A top or rear handled chainsaw with guide bar appropriate to timber size should be used.

This course is not appropriate for persons under 16 years of age.

What will you get from it?

Upon completing the Lantra Awards Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques training course you will be able to:

  • Understand the legislation and safety guidelines pertaining to the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness.
  • Understand the safety considerations to be observed in organising a worksite.
  • Carry out pre-start checks to the chainsaw, cold and hot starting techniques.
  • Demonstrate techniques for hauling chainsaws into the tree and attaching them appropriately to the harness.
  •  Use appropriate techniques for establishing secure and comfortable work positions.
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of various step and sink cuts and correct final pruning cuts.
  • Use top-handled and lightweight rear-handled chainsaws in a safe and efficient manner to remove light and medium weight branches.
  • Understand and fulfil the duties and responsibilities of a competent grounds person.
  • Deal with arisings appropriately.

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Preparing a chainsaw for use in a tree
  • Securing the work position
  • Cutting techniques
  • Equipment inspection, storage and waste disposal.


This course is a non assessed course followed by an independent assessment (assessment code 0021-08 unit 308) from an independently appointed City & Guilds (NPTC) Assessor, whereby successful candidates will receive a City & Guilds (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.

The assessment is 1 compulsory unit and usually takes half a day to complete:

Unit 308 – Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques.


For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

3 Day Course

City & Guilds Assessment No. 0021-08 (IND) Unit 308.

Formally Known As CS39

Pre-requisites: CS38 or Units 206 & 306 Tree Climbing & Rescue and CS30 / 31 or Units 201, 202 & 203 Ground Based Chainsaw Operations.



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