Chainsaw Maintenance


Chainsaws are extremely powerful tools. While they make short work of branches, they can also cause a serious injury. This is why proper, thorough training is essential. This one day course in chainsaw maintenance will ensure you use the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to make sure you are not only confident and comfortable using these tools but you are aware of the health and safety guidelines keeping you protected at all times.

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.

This course only provides training for the maintenance of chainsaws and does not include cross-cutting. If you’re looking for training that involves cross-cutting, take a look at our Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting course.

Who is it for?

This course is ideal for those wishing to obtain a Licence to Practice, as this course can help you proceed to the Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance. It is also great for occasional users who would also like to proceed to the Level 2 Award.

Those who work in the following industries will find this training essential:

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

What will you get from it?

Once you have taken this training, 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.

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 post start checks


This course can be delivered as a Lantra Awards ITA (Integrated Training & Assessment) course (course code 972) whereby you are assessed during the course by your Lantra Awards approved Instructor. Following successful completion of the course and assessments you will be awarded a Lantra Awards Certificate.

It can also be delivered as a City & Guilds (NPTC) IA (Integrated Assessment) course (Code 0020-01, Unit 201) whereby you are assessed at specific points during the course by your City & Guilds approved Instructor. Following successful completion of the course and assessments you will be awarded a City & Guilds (NPTC) Certificate.

The preferred option is a Lantra Awards non assessed course (course code 971) followed by City & Guilds assessment (Code 0020-09, Unit 201) 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 up to 2 hours to complete:

Unit 201 – Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance.


For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

1 day LANTRA Course No. 971 (IND) or 972 (ITA).

1 day City & Guilds Course 0020-01 (IA) or Assessment 0020-09 (IND) Unit 201

Formally Known As CS30.1




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