Fell and Process Trees up to 380mm


Felling trees can be hazardous and it is essential that you have total confidence and expertise in what you are doing, thereby avoiding accidents.

Our Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm training course will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are not only confident when felling trees, but also aware of relevant health and safety guidelines ensuring that you stay protected.

For those wishing to obtain a Licence to Practice or for the occassional user looking to obtain a regulated qualification can proceed to the Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm.

Who is it for?

People who work in:

  • Arboriculture
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Woodland
  • Local Authorities
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Land-based

Note Due to the nature of the training a minimum level of fitness is required for specific operations. Whilst we would not want to disadvantage any learner it is an essential requirement.

What will you get from it?

The expected learning outcomes are that you will be able to:

  • Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a worksite
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Assess the trees to be felled for hazards and risks
  • Fell trees which have a diameter less than the effective cutting length of a guide bar (guide bar length not greater than 380mm/15”)
  • Assess a leaning tree and the safest method of felling
  • Make accurate felling cuts in the correct positions
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and methodical manner
  • 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
  • Assess a hung-up tree and the safest method of takedown
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective takedown
  • Check on the safety of takedown tools
  • Make accurate severing cuts in the correct positions
  • Select and use hand tools safely
  • Take down hung-up trees to a safe and stable position
  • State techniques which must not be used for the takedown of hung-up trees.

Course sessions:

  • HSE legislation and safety guidelines
  • Felling
  • Branch removal – snedding and de-limbing
  • Cross-cutting felled timber
  • Take down hung-up trees using hand tools
  • Clear site and chainsaw checks


This course is a Lantra Awards non assessed course (course code 2541) followed by assessment (assessment code 0020-04) 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 203 – Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm.


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.

3 day LANTRA Course No. 2541.

City & Guilds Assessment No. 0020-04 (IND) Unit 203.

Formally Known As CS31

Pre-requisites: Units 201 & 202 Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting



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