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NPORS Chainsaw – Maintenance and Crosscutting training – N602


Awarding Body:

National Plant Operators Registration Scheme - NPORS

Training course type:

On-site training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

2 days

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:


Card options:

5-year NPORS traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:



if required


TUPPCO instructors

What is chainsaw crosscut and maintenance?

For professional chainsaw operators working in forestry and arboriculture the industry recommendation is that for ’high risk ‘activities (paragraph 137 PUWER ACOP) the minimum level of adequacy of training is to a certificate of competence or nationally recognised qualification where assessment is carried out independently of the training. Ideal if you’re working on farms, in woodland, on building sites or in conservation, you’ll gain the expertise needed to use and maintain a chainsaw and run through all the pre-cutting tests and learn the skills needed to expertly cross-cut timber. This is included in the TUPPCO NPORS Chainsaw – Maintenance and Crosscutting training – N602

What does the training course include?

  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
  • Identify required health and safety features on a chainsaw
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests – and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Operators’ manual
  • Risk assessment completed
  • Have a suitable selection of timber to cut
  • Have suitable workshop facilities

PPE Requirements:

  • Suitable head protection
  • Suitable eye protection
  • Suitable hearing protection
  • Suitable work clothes including wet weather
  • Gloves
  • Chainsaw work boots
  • High Viz
  • Chainsaw trousers

HSE further information:

Where are TUPPCO NPORS Chainsaw – Maintenance and Crosscutting on-site training courses delivered?

Southwest – Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Avon, Somerset, Herefordshire, Monmouthshire

Southeast – Oxfordshire, Kent, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Middlesex

Midlands – Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Shropshire

East Anglia – Hertfordshire, Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk

Aylesbury, Banbury, Basingstoke, Bath, Bedford, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cirencester, Cheltenham, Coventry, Exeter, Gloucester, Hereford, Hungerford, Milton Keynes, Newbury, Northampton, Oxford, Peterborough, Plymouth, Reading, Salisbury, Southampton, Stroud, Swindon, Taunton, Warwick, Winchester, Witney, Worcester, Yeovil

Recognised industries:

Groundworks, Agriculture, Arboriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Construction, country parks, Industrial, Fencing, Landscaping, Civils, Highways, Quarrying, Utilities, Councils, School, Corporate, Sports grounds and stadia

Known as:

Basic chainsaw


Sthil, Husqvarna, Echo


Cut and process wood/timber

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