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Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting & Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm Refresher

1 day

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Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting & Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm Refresher Training Course

A Refresher training course for chainsaw operatives in need of the recommended certification update required by Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines - recommended every 3-5 years. Our Refresher courses are predominantly awarded by City & Guilds as CPD digital badge units.

Refresher courses are available as:

Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting only (004101)

Feling & Processing Timber up to 380mm only (004102)

Combined  Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting and Felling & Processing Timber up to 380mm (004101 & 004102)


  • Understand operator safety during chainsaw maintenance
  • Be able to carry out routine and periodic maintenance to a chainsaw
  • Be able to start and check a chainsaw
  • Understand operator safety during chainsaw use
  • Be able to safely crosscut timber that is less than guide bar length in diameter
  • Identify the risk assessment and Emergency procedures on a work site
  • Select and prepare equipment required for safe and effective felling
  • Fell small trees safely and accurately using an appropriate method
  • Fell leaning trees using a safe technique
  • Remove branches safely in a manner appropriate to the branching habit
  • Crosscut stems accurately and safely to a given length and diameter
  • Stack timber using appropriate manual handling techniques


  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
  • Identify required safety and health features on a chainsaw
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Select and identify correct tools to enable maintenance to be carried out and report on their serviceability
  • Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the awarding body guidelines
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and cutting equipment and decide which the operator can remedy and which require a service engineer’s attention
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner
  • Understand Biosecurity


Protective Equipment:

  • Chainsaw boots (EN 17249), Chainsaw gloves (EN 381-7), Chainsaw helmet with visor and ear muffs (EN 397/14052/12492)
  • Chainsaw trousers (all round protection is preferred – Type C (EN 381-5)
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • A waterproof coat and over-trousers (course will continue even in rain)

Chainsaw Equipment: 

  • Serviceable chainsaw, chain with cutters of sufficient length to allow for sharpening (recommended 15 inch guide bar)
  • Combination spanner, Guide bar scraper, Round file of appropriate size with handle for sharpening chain
  • File guide (roller or other), Flat file with handle for depth gauges, Depth gauge setting tool, Clean brush for air filter cleaning
  • Chain oil and Fuel
  • Felling bar, Wedge, Lifting tongs / hooks, tape measure for measuring timber


Candidates must be over 16 years & hold Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting 201 & 202 (CS30) and Felling trees up to 380mm 203 (CS31)



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