Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting Level 2 Award (formerly CS30) - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course, formerly known as CS30, provides you with a thorough understanding of chainsaw maintenance and safe operation as well as the cross-cutting of timber. It is delivered through both practical and theory sessions and you should be familiar with the machinery, equipment and tools that you are going to use.


Chainsaws and PPE will be provided, however, if you are going to use your own PPE it must meet the following standards:

  • Safety helmet (EN 397) with hearing protection (EN 352-1) and eye protection, either mesh visor (EN 1731) or safety glasses (EN 166)
  • Chainsaw protective trousers (EN 381-5) Type C all-round leg protection
  • Safety boots to BS EN ISO 20345:2004 and bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw to show compliance with EN381-3
  • Chainsaw gloves (EN381-7).

You are welcome to bring food and drink with you but refreshments are also available to purchase on Campus.


You will be required to send a passport type photo as a jpeg file to the assessment centre, more details will be given to you prior to the start of the course.

Units of study/what is involved

The course covers the assessment criteria and is divided in to two Mandatory units:

  • Unit 201 Carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system. Outcomes:
    • Be able to work safely
    • Be able to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system
    • Be able to carry out operational chainsaw checks
    • Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
    • Know how to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system.
  • Unit 202 Cross-cut timber using a chainsaw. Outcomes:
    • Be able to work safely
    • Be able to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw
    • Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice
    • Know how to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw.

Assessment Methods

Practical assessment with assessment criteria

Progression Options

This course is a pre-requisite to the following courses:

  • Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (formerly CS31)
  • Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm (formerly CS32)
  • Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue (formerly CS38)
  • Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw using Freefall Technique (formerly CS39)

Course Summary

Course Title Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting Level 2 Award (formerly CS30)
Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements, although you must be 16 years old or over to
do this course.

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Spotlight

My knowledge of trees has deepened as I have progressed from the Level 2 course to Level 3, and all of the skills and knowledge I’ve gained will help in my career in arboriculture after college. I have had the opportunity to gain my NPTC chainsaw qualifications and to do work experience with Connor Down Tree Services, where I enjoyed doing both grounds work and climbing work.

Samuel Olive- Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Forestry & Arboriculture

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