Course Title: Award for the Use of Powered Pole Pruners
Course Code: AB159

Department: Arboriculture
Course Type: Part Time

The use of the pole pruner is one option for reducing the amount of time spent up a tree. This course gives the necessary instruction leading to the NPTC CS205 assessment.

Assessment is carried out on a separate day by arrangement.

Possession of a valid chainsaw certificate is highly recommended prior to taking this course. Applicants without certificates will require an extra day's training (fee chargeable). Please contact course tutor for more information.



Award in Safe Use of a Powered Pole Pruner (QCF)

Course Content

Under the Lifting Operations Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Working at Height Regulations 2005 workers are asked to consider all other options before working at height. The use of the pole pruner is one option we could consider to reduce the amount of time spent up a tree. The course will give the necessary instruction leading to the NPTC assessment.

Identify and inspect key components of the powered pruner
Prepare the powered pruner to work safely
Carry out daily and routine maintenance
Operate the powered pruner safely according to practical risk assessment

Entry Requirements

Minimum age is 16 years Tetanus protection is recommended.

Next Steps

Award in Aerial Tree Pruning (AB074), Award for Felling Small Trees (AB158), Certificate of Competence Wood Chippers (AB067), Stump Grinders Certificate (AB069), Award in Aerial Tree Pruning (AB074), Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free Fall Techniques (AB075), Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees Using a Chainsaw (AB076), Award in Tree Climbing & Rescue (AB077), Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (Sectional Felling) (AB078)

Career Opportunities

Arboricultural Worker/Tree Surgeon Arboriculturist Forest Worker Landscaper Countryside Manager (Parks & Gardens)

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
We run on demand. Contact us for dates. 9.15 a.m. 4.45 p.m. Part Time Run on Demand 1
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

£0 Course fees include:- equipment, training assessment, access to suitable sites for training and assessment.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Writing materials - notebook and pen. Packed lunch and drink, especially if we are working away from college all day. National Insurance (NI) number. Eye and ear protection/forestry helmet. Steel toe-capped boots. Protective gloves. Waterproofs/change of clothes in case of inclement weather.


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