Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw


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 one day Lantra Awards Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw 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. This course follows on from the our one day Chainsaw Maintenance course.

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.

To undertake this course you are required to have passed a Chainsaw Maintenance course. If you require both qualifications then the Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting course might be more suitable for you.

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
  • 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 operational tasks
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • 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
  • Starting the chainsaw and pre-cutting tests
  • Cross-cutting timber.


This is a Lantra Awards non assessed course (course code 992) followed by assessment (assessment code 0020-02) from an independently appointed City & Guilds (NPTC) Assessor, whereby successful candidates will receive a City & Guilds (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.

The assessment 1 compulsory unit and usually takes a couple of hours to complete:

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


Unit 201 – Award in Chainsaw Maintenance.


For further information, availability and pricing please contact us.

1 day LANTRA Course No. 992

City & Guilds Assessment No. 0020-02 (IND) Unit 202.

Formally Known As CS 30.2

Pre-requisites: Unit 201 Chainsaw Maintenance



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