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Aerial Tree Pruning NPTC Level 3 Award (CS40)

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This course is for an advanced arborist chainsaw operator carrying out aerial tree pruning operations and will introduce you to the use of a chainsaw and/or other pruning tools, working from a rope and harness in conjunction with a ground person in medium-sized, open grown trees.


Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need to have completed:

  • Unit 201 – Maintenance of the Chainsaw and Cutting System ( Formerly CS30)
  • Unit 202 – Cross-Cut Timber Using a Chainsaw (Formerly CS30)
  • Unit 203 – Fell and Process Trees up to 380mm (Formerly CS31)
  • Unit 206 – Access a Tree Using a Rope and Harness (Formerly CS38)
  • Unit 306 – Carry out Aerial Rescue Operations (Formerly CS38)
  • Unit 308- Use of a chainsaw for free fall techniques (Formerly CS39)

Course content

You will study the following topics:

  • Identify, inspect and comment upon key parts of the equipment to be used
  • Prepare the equipment for use ensuring the safety of yourself, other people and the environment
  • Comment upon the structure, condition and properties of the tree(s) to be worked upon
  • Use a chainsaw and other pruning tools whilst maintaining a working position within the crown of the tree
  • Use a rope and harness in conjunction with ground staff.


Aerial Tree Pruning NPTC Level 3 Award (CS40)
Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

In addition to the tuition fee listed above there is an optional charge of £130 should you wish to register with the awarding body and take the assessment to receive a recognised certificate of your training.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Course Information & How to Apply

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To book onto this course please contact our Business Development team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
2 days 20/05/2021 Thu, Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £485 Shuttleworth College SOB1313S2
2 days 22/07/2021 Thu, Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £485 Shuttleworth College SOB1313S3


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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