Small Tree Felling (CS31) - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

A practical course designed for the professional user or anyone who requires the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) Certificate of Competence.
The course will cover current legislation, operation, safe use and maintenance of a chainsaw and the felling of trees up to a diameter of 379mm.
The course gives the practical skills and underpinning knowledge that is required prior to being assessed for the Certificate of Competence, as required by current legislation.

Assessment Methods

A practical assessment with an external assessor for NPTC CS31 following the four-day course.

Progression Options

This course is a pre-requisite of progressing to NPTC CS32, CS38, and CS39.

For further course information and to book a place, please email or call 01278 655065


Course Summary

Course Title Small Tree Felling (CS31)
Entry Requirements

Learners must already hold the NPTC Certificate of Competence CS30 and be
able to maintain and operate a chainsaw. The following materials will also be

  • Steel-toe capped boots

  •  Lunch – a packed lunch and flask, as ythe majority of the course is

  • The use of a chainsaw and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) are
    provided: chainsaw boots, trousers, helmet and gloves. Leaners may also bring
    their own equipment should they wish.

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I really enjoy studying at Bridgwater & Taunton College. All of my lessons have a friendly atmosphere and my tutors push me to be the best I can be. Studying here has allowed me to gain the qualifications I need to go on to degree level.

Myles Fisher

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