Award in Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner 20-10

City and Guilds / NPTC Level 2

(formally CS48)

Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner 20-10 (formally CS48)

This course is for anyone employed in the rural economy who is or will be required to operate powered pole pruners.

As part of the course you will identify:

  • the required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
  • how to report on its condition and locate the standard marks;
  • faults and defects in the pruning saw and equipment;
  • how to make a valid judgement on remedial action and also when specialised assistance is required.

Health and safety will be fundamental to the training course and will be linked to the features of the pruning saw.

You will: carry out routine operator maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions;

  • prepare the saw for use;
  • carry out pre-cutting safety tests and know what to do if the pruner fails these tests.

We will discuss the tension and compression within timber as well as the hazards and risks associated with the tasks of cutting.

For inexperienced candidates and those that don’t already hold chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting 20-03 (formally CS30) it may be necessary for you to take more time than stated in order to fully prepare for the assessment.

Award in Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner 20-10 City & Guilds NPTC level 2 (formally CS48)

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course you should be able to:

1) Identify, inspect and comment on key parts of the powered pole pruners.
2) Prepare the powered pole pruner for work safely without risk to themselves, other people or the environment.
3) Carry out daily and routine maintenance on the powered pole pruner.
4) Operate the powered pole pruner safely and effectively and comfortably in accordance with the practical risk assessment.
5) Operate the powered pole pruner safely without risk to themselves, other people and the environment.
6) State the identified knowledge that underpins understanding of operating a powered pole pruner.
7) Identify the risk assessment and emergency procedures on a work site.

Minimum numbers of 4 are required for this course to run, potential dates are:

10th February 2020

9th April 2020

15th June 2020

Experienced user:

Training fee £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £127 no VAT per person.

Total £247 per person.

Inexperienced user:

Training fee £200 +VAT = £240 per person.

Assessment plus City and Guilds registration fee £127 no VAT per person.

Total £367 per person.

All fees are payable upon booking.

One day training for experienced users.

Two days training for inexperienced users.

2 hrs approximately for the assessment on a separate 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) Chainsaw footwear.
2) Chainsaw gloves.

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 Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner 20-10 City & Guilds NPTC level 2 (formally CS48).

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.

Award in Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner (formally CS48) – one day refresher £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion

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

Award in Safe Use of Powered Pole Pruner (formally CS48) – one day £100 +VAT = £120 per person.

You will receive a Lowe Maintenance Certificate of Completion

Why do I need a pole pruner ticket?

The machine has the potential to cause an accident not to yourself but others because the chainsaw is so far from you it’s not always possible to control it easily.

I’ve already got my chainsaw ticket; do I have to do pole pruner too?

Yes, because you have your chainsaw ticket you can bypass some of the maintenance but you will still have to work on the power unit and the use of the saw and pay close attention to detail on the pruning cuts.

Is it easy to use a pole pruner?

It can be a bit awkward getting used to doing a pruning cut from so far away but with practice you can do it, you just need to take your time and get as much practice as possible. It is not just about chopping it off, you need to take care and focus on caring for the tree long term.

How accurate do I have to be with a pole pruner?

You should be able to prune properly and not tear cuts. You shouldn’t over cut and therefore damage the branch collar bark, equally you shouldn’t leave stubs. In preparation we recommend you look at target pruning methods.

Can I use a pole pruner from a MEWP?

No, it’s not recommended to use a pole pruner from a MEWP (mobile elevated work platform) because it can throw out the balance of the basket. Also, if you lose control of the pole saw it will fall from height potentially injuring someone but also damaging the machine.

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