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.
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.
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