Training Courses

What sort of training do I need?

Employers are required by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
(PUWER) to provide adequate training for their employees and ensure that chainsaws and related equipment are only operated by appropriately trained employees. If you work in or on trees you are expected to hold a certificate of competence. These regulations still apply if you are self-employed.

Training and certification for chainsaws and aerial tree work follow two routes:

1. Lantra Awards training course which provides a Lantra Awards Attendance Certificate and prepares you for independent assessment for an NPTC Certificate of Competence (formerly CS units).
Intended for those seeking contractual work in forestry, utility or arboricultural activities which will involve felling trees over 200mm in diameter and/or aerial tree work.

2. Integrated training and assessment (ITA) courses which provides a Lantra Awards Certificate of Training & Competence.
Suitable if you are an occasional chainsaw user: you use the chainsaw for business, domestic or recreational activities but you do not intend working in forestry, arboricultural activities, on Forestry Commission land, or fell trees over 200mm in diameter.

Arbortec also offers refresher/update courses aimed at experienced operators. If you have had integrated training and assessment you are required to undergo refresher training or progressive career training every 3 years. Experienced chainsaw operators and tree climbers should be getting refresher training every 5 years. These courses are shorter in length.

1. Lantra Awards Courses (duration does not include asssessment)

2. ITA Courses (providing a certificate of training)







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Irish Tree Climbing Comp. 2018

Organised by the Irish Treecare Association under ISA rules, the 2018 Irish Tree Climbing Competition is to be held on 16th and 17th June in Gosford Park, Co. Armagh. Competitors are encouraged to enter regardless of experience, although a familiarity with the 5 events is an advantage: they are 1) Footlock 2) Speed climb 3) Work Climb 4) Throwline 5) Rescue. For more technical information on the disciplines click here:

The event is open to competitors and family and friends. Kits are inspected on the Friday evening, the competition gets underway on the Saturday, followed by a BBQ and overnight camping, with the Masters Challenge for the 5 best competitors (timing and points) held on the Sunday followed by prize giving.

Competition entry cost £50.00 payable by cash on the day.

We have been fortunate with generous sponsorship from the following businesses:
Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council: //
AR Marquees: 
Brian Hynds:
Jackson Sports, Belfast:
North West Forest Services:
Woodpecker Environmental:


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