Top navigation bar Bottom navigation bar

Leisure courses

Access courses

Part-time course already started?

We are currently reviewing our courses to determine how we can adapt them during the pandemic to ensure we provide an outstanding student experience. Register you interest to be the first to apply for this course in July!

» I'm interested in courses at Bedford College

» I'm interested in courses at Shuttleworth College

Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-Fall Techniques NPTC Level 3 Award (CS39)

  • L3

  • To book

    For more information or to enrol onto this course, please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

The Chainsaw and Related Operations courses offer a range of practical skills and assessments covering all aspects of chainsaw work. Gaining an NPTC qualification will demonstrate that you have practical skills, technical knowledge and ability which have been independently and reliably assessed. This intensive two-day chainsaw course will cover chainsaw operations from a rope and harness and is delivered by one of Shuttleworth’s qualified instructors.


Entry requirements

This course is suitable if you have a good level of physical fitness.  It is a requirement that you have already completed the following:

  • Unit 201 – Maintenance of the Chainsaw and Cutting System ( Formerly CS30)
  • Unit 202 – Cross-Cut Timber Using a Chainsaw (Formerly CS30)
  • Unit 203 – Fell and Process Trees up to 380mm (Formerly CS31)
  • Unit 206 – Access a Tree Using a Rope and Harness (Formerly CS38)

Course content

Units on this course include:

  • Risk assessment & emergency procedures
  • Equipment selection
  • Preparation and inspection
  • Chainsaw operation in the crown of the tree.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of themselves, other people and the environment
  • Operate a chainsaw whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of a tree using a rope and harness

You can also study the NPTC Certificate of Competence as an additional course.

Assessment methods

The assessment for this NPTC course normally takes place within 14 days of the initial training and is a full day.  The assessment cost is included in the course fee. You will receive an NPTC Certificate of Competence.


Aerial Cutting of Trees using Freefall Techniques NPTC Level 3 Award (CS39)
Further study and career options

This course will be beneficial to your career if you are working in the horticulture or arboriculture industries, or if you are self-employed as a tree surgeon.

Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Course Information & How to Apply

In light of the current coronavirus outbreak this course has unfortunately been postponed. Information regarding our 2020-21 part-time courses will be out in May; please complete our enquiry form and we will alert you when they are released.

Register your interest

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
2 days + 1 additional day for assessment 18/05/2020 Mon, Tue 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £485 Shuttleworth College B1305S5 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
YouTube Instagram LinkedIn Moodle Higher Education Moodle Have Your Say