Ground Based Chainsaw Courses

201, 202 & 203 : Ground Based Chainsaw Operations (Basic chainsaw)

Maintenance, safety and felling trees up to guidebar length (380mm/15"). Covers snedding, crosscutting and hand takedown techniques for dealing with hung up trees. Training and assessment for NPTC award 20-12 (units 201, 202 & 203) (old Cs30/31).

  • Dates available on request

5 Days - £720

303 : Assisted Felling

Specialist one day course for experienced chainsaw operators. Covers safe installation and use of manual and mechanised pulling systems suitable for edge and leaning trees. One day of training followed by NPTC assessment for this new award. Be one of the first to gain it! Candidates must already hold CS32 or Unit 301 (medium trees).

  • Dates available on request

1 Day - £245

201 & 202 Maintenance and Crosscutting

Maintenance of the chainsaw and crosscutting of timber. Training and assessment for NPTC Unit 201 & 202. This unit will allow you to progress through the NPTC range once it is successfully completed.

  • Dates available on request

2 Days - £395

203 Felling Small Trees

Felling trees up to guidebar length (380mm/15''). Covers snedding, crosscutting and hand takedown techniques for dealing with hung up trees. Training and assessment for NPTC Unit 203. Candidates must already hold NPTC units 201 & 202.

  • Dates available on request

3 Days - £425

301 Felling Medium Sized Trees

Felling of trees up to twice guidebar length (760mm/30'') in diameter. The course requires the pre-requisite units 201, 202 & 203. The course covers felling, snedding, takedown of hung up trees with hand winches. The training takes 3 days with a further day for the NPTC assessment unit 301 (was CS32).

  • Dates available on request

3 Days - £475

302 Sever Uprooted or Windblown Trees

Training and assessment in the clearing of individual and multiple wind thrown trees, which still have the root plates attached. This is an advanced course and applicants must already hold unit 301 (or Cs32) (Felling Medium Size Trees). Price includes assessment for NPTC unit 302 Process uprooted or Windblown Trees (was CS34/35).

  • Dates available on request


2 Days - £345

205 Powered Pole Pruners (Experienced Chainsaw Operatives)

Covers maintenance, starting procedures, pruning cuts, PPE and safety considerations. Includes assessment for NPTC Unit 205. Candidates must already hold Unit 201 or CS30 as this is a shortened course/assessment. Integrated training and assessment. Two day course with maintenance element available on request.

  • Dates available on request

2 Days - £295

Qualifications & Accreditations



The developer needing a BS5837 Survey:

"Informed Tree Services provided an expert service which was quick, helpful and good value for money. The tree survey and reports produced enabled me to effectively manage my development and protect valued trees, ensuring my planning application gained approval from the forestry officer. I will definitely be using Informed Tree Service again for my next project." Iain Mackey

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The large landowner/manager requiring tree safety inspections:

"Chris Simpson tendered for a 3 year contract for tree inspections within Tay Forest District in 2012. His submission was very professional and extremely competitive, which ensured that he got the work. From the very start Chris approached this with a refreshingly professional attitude, making sure that he fully understood all of the clients’ needs, whilst also suggesting ways in which the data could better be recorded and submitted. " Hamish Murray

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The concerned private tree owner:

"I commissioned a complete survey of all the trees in the garden. Chris spent a morning , carefully mapping and assessing all the 8 listed & tagged trees before preparing a major report, to be submitted to the East Lothian Council for permission to fell or trim back as necessary, in order to meet my duty of care. He completed a full Visual Tree Assessment from ground level, then a Picus Tomograph of the badly damaged old beech, in order to gauge its health and prospects. The resulting Report also indicated all the remedial work required." Fiona E.Tennick

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