Course Status

note our intakes for the 2022/23 academic year are now full, applications for
the 2023/24 intake will open in Summer 2023.

To register your interest for the new prospectus,
please email
and we will notify you via email once applications
open for the 2023/24 academic year in Summer 2023.

What will I learn?

The City & Guilds NPTC Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting – Certificate of Competence – Level 2, is the updated version of the industry recognised CS30 certificate of competence. This course covers chainsaw safety, maintenance, chain sharpening, safe starting and cross-cutting of timber. It is a prerequisite to the tree felling courses.

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to be over 17 years of age. Pre-requisite to the tree-felling courses.

Further Information

All tools and safety equipment are provided free for the duration of the course.

Fee Details 1

Free if unemployed or low wage (if aged 19-23 must have Full L2 or above to be eligible)

Fee Details 2

Due to funding restrictions, anyone who doesn’t live in England, isn’t a UK resident^ or who lives in the local authority areas^ of:

Cambridge and Peterborough
Greater London Authority
Greater Manchester
Liverpool City Region
North of Tyne Combined Authority
South Yorkshire
Tees Valley
West of England
West Midlands
West Yorkshire

^go to this page on our website to check if your postcode is in a Devolved Funding Area or to check eligibility if you are a non-UK resident

If you don’t live in England or are not a UK resident or live in any of the above local authority areas and wish to enrol on the course, please contact us for information on tuition fees.

Fee Code


Fee Remission

For further information on fee remission
details linked to the above Fee
Code – refer to our PT Application form on


Level 2



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