Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting (NPTC) - Writtle College

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting (NPTC)

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About the Course

This course is for those intending to use a chainsaw for business, domestic or leisure activities. Topics covered include: basic maintenance and use of the chainsaw, on-site preparation and basic cross-cutting. Two consecutive days training followed by a one day NPTC assessment.

This course is a pre-requisite to Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm.

Entry Requirements

The module requires reading and interpreting of information such as safety instructions and technical knowledge and prepares participants for NPTC independent assessment. This intensive practical course requires a good level of physical fitness and an ability to study written technical information.

We are governed by Health and Safety Executive (HSE) regulations therefore participants will not be allowed to start any chainsaw course without chainsaw boots and gloves.

• Chainsaw gloves - approved pictogram to BS EN 381-7

• Chainsaw boots - BS EN ISO 17249 bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw to show compliance with EN381-3, spats are no longer allowed.

Useful Information

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Instructor / Student Ratio 1:4

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Course Dates

  • Monday 15 February 2016 - Tuesday 16 February 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    [assessment 17 February]
    £515.00 per person
    (No places remaining)
  • Wednesday 17 February 2016 - Thursday 18 February 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    [assessment 19 February]
    £515.00 per person
    (No places remaining)
  • Monday 14 March 2016 - Tuesday 15 March 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    [assessment 21 March]
    £515.00 per person
    (No places remaining)
  • Tuesday 29 March 2016 - Wednesday 30 March 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    [assessment 31 March]
    £515.00 per person
    (No places remaining)
  • Monday 4 April 2016 - Tuesday 5 April 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    £515.00 per person
    (No places remaining)
  • Monday 25 April 2016 - Tuesday 26 April 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    £515.00 per person
  • Thursday 28 April 2016 - Friday 29 April 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    £515.00 per person
  • Monday 9 May 2016 - Tuesday 10 May 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    £515.00 per person
  • Wednesday 11 May 2016 - Thursday 12 May 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    £515.00 per person
  • Monday 6 June 2016 - Tuesday 7 June 2016 (9:00am to 4:00pm)
    £515.00 per person

For group bookings please contact Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286


£515 (inclusive of equipment use, NPTC registration & assessment)


Two days plus one day assessment to be arranged.

An additional charge maybe incurred if participants do not accept the assessment date offered to them.


Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286

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“Staff really friendly, amazing, worth the money.” Ed from Danbury

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