We are nicely into the season for chainsaw work and we have good woodland available to us for our chainsaw courses. Many forestry and woodland sites are not available for chainsaw work during the spring and summer as the nesting birds must take priority, and quite rightly so. Our most busy chainsaw training months are from October until March. We try and run a wide range of forestry and arboriculture courses from maintenance, cross cutting and felling of small trees 380mm diameter, and larger tree felling from 380mm – 760mm diameter. If it is arboriculture that you have your eye on then we do not disturb the birds during our tree climbing and aerial rescue courses, and can run these throughout the year . Using a chainsaw from rope and harness courses run regularly during the year and sectional felling courses are on the agenda as required.
2013 is a really good time to start to get the range of skills and certification for the Forestry and Arboriculture industry. A big shake-up of Qualifications has taken place during the last year and the dust has now settled to reveal that NPTC (now City and Guilds) and Lantra Awards are offering identical qualifications. For professional operators in the forestry and arboriculture industry the QCF qualifications (Certificate of Competence) will provide a Licence to Practice, so learners fulfil all legal and trade/industry criteria. The Lantra Awards Qualifications are recognised prerequisite units for the NPTC qualifications, and vice versa, so you can “mix-and-match”.
We can provide Personal Protective Equipment for the forestry and arb courses but we encourage trainees to provide their own PPE if they can. So much nicer to wear your own boots and helmet etc and we provide a list of recommended PPE before the courses and talk about the PPE during the courses.
Chainsaws for the forestry courses are available to hire form us if you cannot provide your own and ropes and harnesses are also available for hire if required.