Short Courses

NPTC Chainsaw Maintenance, Crosscutting and Felling Small Trees (5-day) - ILA approved


This course covers chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting & basic felling techniques up to tree diameter of 380mm. 


5 days with an additional assessment day


  • Maintain and operate the chainsaw
  • Maintenance of the chainsaw
  • Fell & process small trees (200mm - 380mm)

Skills & Knowledge to be assessed

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE requirements)
  • Maintenance of the Power unit
  • Guide Bar & Chain Maintenance
  • Safety Features
  • Safe Felling
  • Cross Cutting
  • Pruning Techniques
  • Taking Down Hung Up Trees


A maximum of 4 Candidates per course

Dates 2014

20 to 24 Jan                         with assessments on 27 or 28 Jan
17 to 21 Feb                         with assessments on 24 or 25 Feb
17   to 21 Mar                       with assessments on 24 or 25 Mar

What to bring

Candidates are expected to bring all their own protective clothing

  • Boots - Chainsaw approved safety boots
  • Leggings - all round protection (Type C)
  • Helmet
  • Gloves - Chainsaw approved gloves
  • 15 Metre Logging Tape

You will also require a passport sized photograph for certification purposes. Most of the course takes place away from college so please bring packed lunches with you.

Protective Clothing &Equipment may be obtained from the following:

Livingston Garden Machinery, Unit G2, Beechwood Nurseries, Uphall, BROXBURN, EH52 6PA (located within Williamson's Garden Centre) Tel: 01506 811670 Email: Website:

A&S Spence ,131 Drum Street, Gilmerton, EDINBURGH ,EH17 8RJ, Tel: 0131 6645975

If you mention Oatridge College you may receive a discount



To book a place

Please  complete an application form.  Alternatively, contact Moira Montgomery on 01506 864807 or at

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