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 (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.
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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Fund 4 Trees Belfast Abseil Event

Arbortec is to sponsor a first-of-its-kind event: a sponsored abseil off a prime Belfast building, the Europa Hotel, taking place on 14th June 2015. The event is being organised by Fund 4 Trees, a charity promoting sustainable treescapes (trees in our landscapes) by:

  • promoting for the benefit of the public the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment by promoting sustainable treescapes.
  • further educating the public in the conservation, protection and improvement of trees in the physical and natural environment.
  • advancing research for the public benefit in all aspects of trees and to publish useful findings.

Details of the Fund 4 Trees Abseil are still being finalised and will be published here as soon as they are but the idea is that the abseil will be completed by professionals working in forestry and arboriculture who are sponsored by friends, businesses and members of the public. Local schools and communities will be involved. All proceeds go to scientists working to secure a sustainable future  for our treescapes.

The Fund 4 Trees Abseil event is affiliated with a number of core supporters including the UK & Ireland chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, the Arboricultural Association and the Institute of Chartered Foresters

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