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Chainsaw from a M.E.W.P Level 3 Award

Awarding Body:


Training course type:

On-site training and assessment

Novice training course duration:

2 days training + 1 day assessment

Novice candidate numbers:


Experience Worker Tests per day:


Card options:

5-year LANTRA traditional card & certificate

Minimum age:





Tuppco instructors

What is using a chainsaw from a M.E.W.P?

The Level 3 Award in Use of a Chainsaw from a M.E.W.P is 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. This includes when using a chainsaw to cut or trim tree limbs when standing in a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)

What does the training course include?

  • Understanding of relevant health and safety and industry good practice.
  • Ability to promote health and safety and industry good practice
  •  Understanding of how to set up and operate a MEWP
  • Ability to set up and operate a MEWP in accordance with industry good practice and the operator’s manual.
  • Understanding of how to deal with emergency situations affecting operators working from a MEWP.
  • Understanding of how to operate a chainsaw from a MEWP.
  • Ability to prepare a MEWP for transport.

Venue and equipment requirements:

  • Suitable and safe area to complete paperwork
  • Suitable welfare facilities
  • Operators’ manuals
  • MEWP
  • Chainsaw
  • Risk assessment completed
  • Have a suitable selection of trees limbs at height to cut

PPE Requirements:

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

HSE further information:

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, Chainsaw from a MEWP


Sthil, Husqvarna, Echo


Cutting limbs of trees at height

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