Award in Emergency Tree Work Operations 21-05

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 3

(formally CS50)

CS50 Emergency Treework Operations 21-05

Emergency Tree Work Operations 21-05 (formally CS50)

This is a level 3 course for people who want to advance their careers in arboriculture. It is for those who have some experience of the dangers involved in the industry and the practices needed to read the stress and strains the tree comes under during felling.

Currently more trees are being uprooted as the country experiences climate shifts and weather conditions which are more severe each year. The Award in Emergency Tree Work Operations training course offers you  the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to help you become more confident and capable of dealing with trees in emergency situations.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • correctly state the regulations and safety requirements relating to chainsaw use;
  • assess the hazards and risks involved;
  •  take the appropriate action to deal with lying windblown timber, partially windblown and broken timber;
  • You will then cut the timber using appropriate techniques and control the movement of root plates.

This course has physical demands and requires the carrying of equipment in woodland and forest environments.

It is also strongly advised that before attending this course you have attended a recognised first aid course.

Award in Emergency Tree Work Operations 21-05 City & Guilds NPTC Level 3 (CS50)

Prior to coming on this course you must have the Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting 20-03 (CS30)Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm 20-04 (CS31) or Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operation 20-03 & 20-04 (CS30 & CS31).

Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course you should be able to:
1) Promote health and safety and industry good practice.
2) Carry out emergency tree work operations.
3) Understand relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice.
4) Understand how to carry out emergency tree work operations.
5) Be able to carry out emergency tree work operations safely.

Courses require 2 people to attend for viability or the assessment price will be more expensive.

12th – 14th October 2020 (assessment TBC)

9th – 11th November 2020 (assessment TBC)

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 course will be £375 + VAT = £450 per person
The assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee will be £245 per person (no VAT).

Total £695 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

Three days for the training.
Once day approximately for the assessment (on a forth 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.

You will require:
1) Chainsaw footwear.
2) Chainsaw gloves.
3) Chainsaw trousers.
4) Helmet with ear defenders, visor and in date.
5) Chainsaw with bar no longer than 18″.

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 and machinery to check its suitability.

Award in Emergency Tree Work Operations 21-05 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 a couple 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.

Emergency Tree work Operations 21-05 (formally CS50) – one day refresher £125 +VAT = £150 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.

Two days, training fee £375 +VAT = £450 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion.

What’s the difference between the emergency tree work and windblown ticket?

Windblow is mainly for forestry operations where there is machinery to remove severed trees and the requirement is for the cutter to just sever the root plate and step back for the machines. CS50 is for the arb company that attends the individual tree that has blown over in a park and exposed gas pipes and electrics and a whole lot of other problems so you are not only dealing with the tree but also all of the services required to get the job done.

What tickets do I need for emergency tree work (CS50)?

  • chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting 20-03 (formally CS30)
  • felling and processing trees up to 380mm 20-04 (formally CS31)

What’s the recommended bar length?

The recommended chainsaw bar length for completing the emergency treework operations course is 18 inch, a size that can be handled quite easily but still allow you to get the work done.

What kit and equipment do I need to bring?

If you are attending a Lowe Maintenance course and you bring your normal cutting equipment and PPE, all the rest of the equipment will be provided by us. Then by the end of the course you will have a good idea of what to go out and buy.

What’s the best sort of winch?

A hand winch is best as it takes in cable slowly and stops the chance of rapid failure, whereas a powered winch can sometimes be more hassle than it is worth.

Does my winching kit come under LOLER?

Your winch and its parts come under PUWER (Provision of Work Equipment Regulations) and this states that the winch must be inspected yearly by a competent person.

What kit do I need when I’ve passed?

That’s not easy to answer, a lot of it is down to your preference. By doing a course with Lowe Maintenance you will have the opportunity to try out different bits of kit and then make an informed decision as to what to buy when you go back to work.

What is an emergency tree situation?

An emergency tree situation is where a tree has failed due to weather or disease and has become unstable in its present position and condition.

This could be in a public park, on a roadside, near to houses, car parks and places where you tend to find the public and lots of utility services running in the ground.

Why do I need the emergency tree work (CS50)?

Most councils will not let you attend an emergency tree situation if you do not have the proper qualifications to deal with it, the risks to yourself and others is too great. Your insurance company may also want you to be properly qualified to handle these situations.

Will emergency tree work (CS50) be suitable for Forestry Commission sites?

You may have to ask the site manager but it depends if you are also working around large machinery at the same time, you may find that you need individual and multiple windblow instead.

Can I deal with emergency trees on my own?

No, industry best practice is that you never cut alone.

When is the best time to deal with an emergency tree?

When the weather has settled down and there is only the risk from the tree and not everything thing else.

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What’s my next steps?

Award in Felling & Processing Trees over 380mm 21-11 (CS32)
Tree Climbing and Rescue 20-13 (CS38)
Award in Severing Uprooted and Windblown Trees Using a Chainsaw 21-02 (CS34 & CS35)
Safe Application of Pesticides Foundation Unit PA1
Safe Use of Manually Fed Wood-Chipper 20-57
Safe Use of a Leaf Blower 14-24
Safe Use of a Stump Grinder 20-53
Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner 20-10