Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting


Chainsaws are powerful and dangerous tools, therefore it is essential when operating and maintaining them that you have total confidence and expertise in what you are doing, so avoiding accidents. Our two day chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting course will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are not only confident when using a chainsaw but also aware of relevant health and safety guidelines making sure you stay protected.

Our chainsaw training is delivered by experienced instructors to small groups, this way you receive plenty of individual attention. The course is also supplemented with high-quality course materials and we work closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure that our materials reflect current safe working practices.

If you require training in Chainsaw Maintenance only, you should register for theLantra Awards Chainsaw Maintenance course. If on the other hand you require training in Cross-cutting only, you should register for the Lantra Awards Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw. For those wishing to obtain a Licence to Practice, or if you are an occassional user wishing to obtain a regulated qualification, you can proceed to the Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting.

Who is it for?

This course will be suitable for you if you work in, or are looking to work in any of the following industries:

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Woodland
  • Local Authorities
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Land-based.

Please Note: Due to the nature of the training a minimum level of fitness will be required for specific operations. Whilst we would not want to disadvantage you as a learner, it is an essential requirement

What will you get from it?

After completing this coure, the expected learning outcomes are that you will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
  • Identify required safety and health features on a chainsaw
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention
  • Select and identify correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out and report on their serviceability
  • Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Overview of the chainsaw and maintenance equipment
  • Maintaining the saw chain
  • Maintaining the guide bar
  • Power unit maintenance
  • Starting the chainsaw and pre-cutting tests
  • Cross-cutting timber.


This course can be delivered as a Lantra Awards ITA course (Integrated Training & Assessment) (course code 2556) whereby you are assessed during the course by your approved instructor. Following successful completion of the course and assessments you will be awarded a Lantra Awards Certificate.

The preferred option is a Lantra Awards non assessed course (course code 991) followed by assessment (assessment code 0020-03) from an independently appointed City & Guilds (NPTC) Assessor, whereby successful candidates will receive a City & Guilds (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.

The assessment is divided into 2 compulsory units and usually takes half a day to complete:

Unit 201 – Award in Chainsaw Maintenance.

Unit 202 – Award in Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw.


For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

2 day LANTRA Course No. 991 (IND) or 2556 (ITA).

City & Guilds Assessment No. 0020-03 (IND) Units 201 & 202.

Formally Known As CS30.1 & CS 30.2.



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