NPTC Level 3 Award

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The course will concentrate on the five basic requirements for NPTC assessment, as well as drawing on safe and accurate working practices. Chainsaws are provided but students must bring their own PPE.

Equipment required

  • Protective Helmet (EN 397) with ear muffs, eye protection and chin strap.
  • Chainsaw Protective Trousers (pr EN 981-5) Type C for tree surgeons. The trousers must have all round leg protection.
  • Safety Boots with chainsaw protection (toe cap EN 345) Chainsaw protection (pr EN 345 part 2), not forestry wellingtons.
  • Chainsaw gloves (EN381-7).
  • For the assessment all candidates will require a personal first aid kit and a whistle.

Course reference: FOP005 

Entry Requirements:
  • NPTC Level 2 Award In Chainsaw Maintenance And Cross Cutting (002003)
  • NPTC Level 2 Award In Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (002004)
  • NPTC Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (002013)
Dates & Location:

Plumpton College:


Time: 09:00- 17:00

Flimwell Campus:

11th July- 13th July 2018

Time: 09:00- 17:00


3 days plus an assessment day


£450 plus a £116.50 mandatory exam fee


We’re pretty proud of our facilities here at Plumpton. In fact in the land-based sector, we’ve got some of the leading college facilities in the UK – the perfect natural location for our forestry and arboriculture courses for you to develop your skills.

  • Discover the latest equipment for your course

You’ll work on various equipment such as tractors, a WoodMizer saw mill plus a range of wood chippers.

  • Extensive grounds for you to develop your skills

You’ll need to be able to work in a variety of locations, build your knowledge by discovering our farmed land, hedgerows and streams.

  • Experience our fantastic modern facilities

Our superb site at Flimwell features our working commercial woodland plus modern workshop – an ideal base for your studies 

  • Benefit from our excellent local connections

You’ll be able to gain practical experience and knowledge of the tree-based sector thanks to our links with local land owners and estates.

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