Changes To Chainsaw Training Units

The CS units offered by NPTC are now to be replaced by QCF (Qualification and Credit Framework) units which meet the recently revised NOS (National Occupational Standards). In future Lantra Awards and City and Guilds (NPTC) will offer the same QCF qualification.

What are the changes? 

As an example what was formerly known as CS 30 is now QCF Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting. CS 31 is now QCF Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing trees up to 380mm

People passing these assessments will get a ‘licence to practice’, which replaces the ‘certificate of competence’. In reality, the qualifications will remain very similar to the old CS units with some slight changes to keep in line with current best practice. The biggest change is that now Lantra awards and NPTC will be offering training and assessment. This may mean little change as most assessors are both NPTC and Lantra qualified. Another important aspect to this change is that now qualifications are offered in a combination of independent assessment and integrated assessment. 

Independent/integrated assessment
Independent assessment

is the version we are all familiar with: I.e. a Lantra training course followed by an NPTC assessment at another time. The assessment would be completed by an independent assessor who was not part of the training. 

means that your trainer can assess you at some point in the training course. This could be ongoing during the training course (the point of assessment must be made clear to the candidate), or could be a separate activity. 

Integrated assessment
Courses

Level 2 Award in chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting

Formerly CS30

Level 2 Award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm

Formerly CS31

Level 3 Award in felling and processing trees over 380mm

Formerly CS32

Level 3 Award in severing uprooted or windblown trees using a chainsaw

Formerly CS34 & CS35

Level 2 Award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness & Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

Formerly CS38

Level 3 Award in aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free fall techniques

Formerly CS39

Level 3 Award in aerial tree pruning  

Formerly CS40

Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of a Mobile Elevated Work Platform

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