Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques 21-08

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 3

(formally CS39)

Free fall techniques using a chainsaw 21-08 (formally CS39)

This course is ideal for people who work as arborists and tree surgeons wanting to use a chainsaw from a rope and harness.

  • In this course you will be able to get into the correct positions to use a chainsaw in the air;
  • Cut wood to fall in a pre determined direction by either free fall method or handheld;
  • Demonstrate the ability to carry out a target prune safely while suspended from a rope and harness.

Please note there is no rigging involved in this course. This is covered in Ariel Tree Rigging (formally CS41).

Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques 21-08 City & Guilds NPTC Level 3.

Prior to coming on this course you must have the Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue (CS38) and Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operation (CS30 & CS31).

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:
1) Promote health and safety and industry good practice when using a chainsaw from a rope and harness.
2) Carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques.
3) Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice when using a chainsaw from a rope and harness.
4) Understand how to carry out aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw using free-fall techniques.

12th – 13th February 2020

6th – 7th April 2020

17th – 18th June 2020

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

The training fee will be £250 +VAT = £300 per person
The assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee will be £168 per person (no VAT).

Total £468 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

Two days training.

One day for the assessment (on a third day).

Please note that the assessments are to be confirmed and you will be emailed with a date once the assessment has been scheduled.

We do try to ensure that the assessment is consecutive but cannot guarantee this.

Please bring with you the following kit.
1) Climbing kit to include flip line or soft strop with current LOLER certificate.
2) Chainsaw protective trousers.
3) Climbing helmet with visor and ear defenders in date.
4) Chainsaw boots.

All other PPE and equipment can be supplied by Lowe Maintenance at no extra cost, under the proviso that any damages and / or losses are replaced by the candidate.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to use your own equipment to check its suitability.

Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques 21-08 City & Guilds NPTC Level 3.

Do you need a refresher? HSE advises that you complete a refresher every 5 years, although some insurance companies state every 3 years. We can help. We tend to run the courses when we have four people requiring the same units for refreshing, if you get in touch we can add you to the list and let you know when the next refresher date is planned for.

Equally if you have a group of people we can put a date together just for you.

Chainsaw Free Fall Techniques 21-08 (formally CS39) – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Don’t need a qualification? Your insurance company are happy for formal training only? Then we can help. We can carry out formal training with no accredited assessment.

Three days, training fee £250 +VAT = £300 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

Do I need to bring a chainsaw?

We tend to provide the chainsaws as you might not know what to buy until you have done the course. You wouldn’t want to spend hundreds of pounds buying a machine and finding it was the wrong one or one you didn’t like.

Is there a preferred chainsaw brand for the CS39?

No if it cuts wood it will be fine, there is no best chainsaw it is down to personal preference and budget.

Can I use a top handled saw one handed?

Only in extreme circumstances and if it is not possible to put in a second anchor point

Can I do the CS39 straight after the tree climbing and rescue course?

Yes, if you have passed the assessment for the CS38 but you may find that getting into a good cutting position a bit harder because you will be tired and have not had enough practice getting into position. The additional weight of the chainsaw can throw you out.

Can I use my own kit for the CS39?

Yes, if it is in good condition and has relevant LOLER documentation with it.

Is there any rigging involved in the CS39?

No, it is only a free fall course so use of ropes is not required.

Is the CS39 a pruning course?

Not really but you do have to finish off the limbs with proper pruning cuts and observe the branch bark collar. The qualification itself doesn’t cover pruning in detail, that is covered under Aerial Tree Pruning 21-07 (formally CS40).

Do I have to do the full two days?

If you have climbed before and feel confident then no, you don’t have to. However, this is done entirely at your own risk. If you fail the assessment due to lack of training time, then that is your responsibility and we accept no liability for it.

Will I be using spikes on the CS39?

No there is no requirement for spikes on the CS39

How long does my ticket last?

The City and Guilds qualifications last for life however it is always good to check on a regular basis to see if there have been any major changes that you should be aware of.

Do I need to do refreshers?

You are advised by HSE to carry out refreshers every 5 years. This could be different depending on the company you work for, some have different frequencies such as the National Trust, which is every 3 years. Refreshers are important as they keep you up to date with changes within the industry.

What tickets do I need to attend the CS39?

Pre-requisites for CS39 are:

  • chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting 20-03 (formally CS30)
  • felling and processing trees up to 380mm 20-04 (formally CS31)
  • tree climbing and aerial rescue 20-13 (formally CS38)

Will I need to show my ticket to buy a top handled chainsaw?

There are some suppliers that will ask to see it but there are far more that will not check and just sell you the chainsaw.

What does free fall mean?

If you cut a branch and let it fall to the ground without limiting its descent by use of lowering rope.

What cuts will I do on the course?

The cuts you will do on the CS39 course include:

  • sink cuts
  • step cuts
  • handheld sections

Is there a maximum size to cut off for the CS39?

The requirement is a minimum of 100mm or 4inches

Will target pruning be covered on the CS39?

The unit covers basic pruning and how to identify branch bark collars and branch bark ridges, for more detail on target pruning you would need to attend Aerial Tree Pruning 21-07 (formally CS40)

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What’s my next steps?

Award in Aerial Tree Pruning 21-07 (CS40)
Award in Aerial Tree Rigging 21-09 (CS41)
Felling and Processing of Trees over 380mm 21-11 (CS32)
Emergency Tree Work Operations 21-05 (CS50)
Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner 21-10 (CS48)
Safe Use of a Manually Fed Wood-chipper 20-57
Safe Use of Leaf Blowers 14-24
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