Course Title: Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques
Course Code: AB075

Department: Arboriculture
Course Type: Part Time

CS308 (formerly CS39), covers the legislation relating to tree climbing and the use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness. This two-day course is designed for arboriculturists who need this NPTC qualification to legally carry out tree work using a chainsaw.

Assessment is carried out on a separate day by arrangement.

Other course dates may be available on request.

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



Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-fall Techniques (QCF)

Course Content

The 1-2-3 method of branch removal
Use of step and sink cuts
Safety in use of top-handled and rear-handled chainsaws, including transferral of equipment into tree
Free-fall and hand-held techniques and dealing with trapped saws
Final pruning position back to the tree.

Experienced climbers are likely to complete within 2 days.

Entry Requirements

CS201/202 - Chainsaw Maintenance, CS203 - Fell Small Trees, CS206/306 - Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue (formerly CS30, CS31, CS38) - or equivalent Students must be aged 16 or over on 1st September of the year in which the course starts Tetanus protection is recommended.

Next Steps

Award in Aerial Tree Rigging (Sectional Felling) (AB078) Award for Felling Medium Sized Trees (AB157) Award for Use of Powered Pole Pruners (AB159)

Career Opportunities

Arboricultural Worker/Tree Surgeon Arboriculturist Forest Worker Landscaper

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 3
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. Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to current industry standards is required for this course. Work equipment, harnesses, PPE, etc., are available from the college, but candidates’ own may be used, subject to checks by the instructor. National Insurance (NI) number. Waterproofs/change of clothes in case of inclement weather.


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