Chainsaw Training

SiWhite

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Apologies if this is in the wrong forum - seemed like the best one to me...

I've managed to secure access and firewood rights in a broadleaf wood owned by a neighbour of mine. There is enough wood in there to last me for many years - it hasn't been managed in a long time.

The snag is that the owner's insurance (she owns a large horse stud) insists that those on site require a certificate of competence for any equipment they are using. This means I need a chainsaw certificate of some sort.

I've used a chainsaw for a number of years, and have the full compliment of PPE, but have never received any formal training. I've dropped a number of trees and cross-cut tons and tons of wood.

What is the minimum level of chainsaw training I can get? Even the most basic looking course (maintanance and cross cutting) is a two day course costing a number of hundred pounds. I'm not sure I'd learn much from this course - I would look to do a felling course instead.

Any recommendations for an inexpensive course close to Hampshire / Berkshire / Wiltshire?
 

bambodoggy

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Nov 10, 2004
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Merriest Wood College isn't too far from you, I'm sure they'd have a course to suit.

Or search for Land Skills training in your area on google and do it with a private training company.

Agree with below post that CS30 & 31 should be your minimum.

Hope that helps you out :)
 

Quixoticgeek

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Aug 4, 2013
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You want to do CS30 and CS31 at a minimum. You will find that all other chainsaw courses require these two as their minimum anyway. Yes it may feel a bit like they are teaching you what you already know, but unfortunately, you will have to grin and bear it I'm afraid.

Julia
 

Mikey P

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Nov 22, 2003
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Agree. CS30 & 31 minimum. If you can make your way to Kent, try Kingswood with Richard Olly. He can also provide accommodation if you need it.
 

janso

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Dec 31, 2012
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As everyone has said buddy; cs30 & 31 are your basic tickets, maintenance and cross cutting small trees. You might be surprised at what you didn't know with different cuts like dogtooth and Danish pie for different leans on trees. It is a pain but worthwhile with your long term intentions? You'll also need to re-certificate in 3 years unless you progress
 

riggers

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it will depend on the size of trees you are cutting as if you only have cs31 it will limit the size of tree you can drop also if anything goes wrong her insurance will put the umbrellas up.