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Aerial Tree Pruning Course (previously CS40) Unit 302 C&G

Aerial Tree Pruning requires you to climb trees and use relevant ropes and harness, along with a chainsaw, in order to carry out pruning operations. This training will provide the individual with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to carry out aerial tree pruning safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation. The qualification covers risk assessment, emergency planning, legislation, industry best practice, tree condition and working at height assessment, pruning techniques, tools and aerial pruning.

Our course Aerial Tree Pruning will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are confident when using a chainsaw and tree climbing and are aware of relevant health and safety guidelines making sure you stay protected.

This course will prepare you for the Level 3 City and Guilds/NPTC award in Aerial Tree Pruning.

Candidates will need to already have qualifications in Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting, and felling up to 380mm – Units 201 and 202 (CS30/31 as was) and Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue, and use of a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness – Units 203 and 204 (CS38/39 as was).

Who is it for?

Our Aerial Tree Pruning course is available to you if you are involved in forestry, arboriculture, woodland industries, local authorities or conservation. You must be experienced in climbing trees using a rope and harness (work positioning system) and in the use of chainsaw from a rope and harness. This course is physical, so you must be fit, and not on any medication that could affect your judgement or safety.

Course content

  • Risk assessment and summary of legislation
  • Equipment inspection procedures
  • Good climbing practice
  • Recognise different species and appropriate cuts
  • Final pruning position and 123 method
  • Types of pruning
  • Safety considerations and hand signals
  • Crown thinning
  • Crown reduction

Aerial Tree Pruning Course

Course summary

Inexperienced operators may need more time, this will incur additional costs


Learners will require...

  • Climbing equipment
  • Hand saw for tree work
  • First aid kit
  • PPE
  • Lightweight chainsaw
  • Tools, fuel and oil
  • Chainsaw PPE
  • Top handled chainsaw and/ or rear handled chainsaw
  • Packed lunch



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8th November 2023 - Brushcutter

“Instructor did a good job at pushing me to go further than I thought I was capable of going within the course, in both theory aspects and practical.”
17th April 2023 - Tree climbing and aerial rescue (203)

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2nd March 2023 - Chainsaw training

“Course venue - spot on. Materials - spot on. Knowledge and communication skills - second to none - A*. All the equipment that we needed extra was all there - perfect. The training was top notch, met all of my needs.”
22nd December 2022 - Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting and felling up to 380mm (201/202)

“Excellent week with Simon. Extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Every question asked was answered and Simon takes the time to explain things in detail on a one on one basis if you are struggling. 100% would recommend Simon as an instructor.”
22nd December 2022 - Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting and felling up to 380mm (201/202)

“Great knowledge and training - Zak made things easy to understand and always gave you his time. Thank you”
12th December 2022 - Tree climbing, aerial rescue, and chainsaw from a rope and harness (204/204)

“My confidence has grown massively over the week - great instructor (Simon), approachable and explained everything well. Thank you. ”
8th December 2022 - Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting and felling up to 380mm (201/202)

“Morton's chainsaw training exceeded expectations. James is an excellent trainer, hugely knowledgeable, an excellent communicator and made a wet and cold week hugely enjoyable!”
25th November 2022 - Chainsaw maintenance, cross-cutting and felling up to 380mm (201/202)

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