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Tony Darbyshire Tree Climbing Training


Professional training for the novice chainsaw user in maintenance and saw sharpening, as well as further instruction in small and medium tree felling, culminating in certification by City & Guilds NPTC. (These qualifications are essential for the safe and effective use of a chainsaw) The courses take place in both workshop and woodland settings. We aim to prepare the candidate for the workplace, the candidate needs to be physically fit and prepared  for work in the outdoors. 

Level 2  Award (CS30) - Chainsaw maintenance and Crosscutting - 2 days including assessment

​Level 2  Award (CS31) - Felling & Processing Trees up to 380mm - 3 days including assessment

Level 2  Award (CS30/31) together - 5 days including assessment

These Level 2 courses are the pre-requisites for all other chainsaw qualifications -

Level 3  Award (CS40) - Aerial Tree Pruning  - 3 days including assessment

Level 3  Award (CS41) - Aerial Tree Rigging  - 5 days including assessment

Level 3 Award (CS50) - Emergency Tree Works (inc Windblown) - 3 days including assessment


​Professional training for the novice tree climber, or more advanced techniques for those wishing to improve their skills:

Level 2/3  Award  (CS38) - Tree climbing (2) & Aerial Rescue (3) - 5 days including assessment: A pre-requisite for all Aerial units: CS39/CS40/CS41/CS60

Level 3 Award (CS39) - Aerial Cutting Of Trees Using Free Fall Techniques  - 3 days training including assessment

Level 3 Award (CS60) - Stationary Rope Work Positioning & Rescue -3 days incl assessment, experienced climbers only


CS30 - Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting, CS31 - Chainsaw Maintenance & Small Felling.​

For all of the above you will need: PPE including Helmet, Type A trousers (You need Type C for Aerial units) Chainsaw Boots, Chainsaw & Tools with guide bar of no more than 15" (380mm)

​CS38 - Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue - Suggested Climbing Kit: Tree Motion Harness with personal First Aid Kit, 2 x three way karabinas (DMM boa), 2 x 70cm prussic loops (Marlow Viper 8mm or Teufelberger Sirius 10mm), ZigZag, 2 x 45m climbing rope (Donaghys Cougar Blue or Orange or New England Tachyon 11.7mm - any 24 strand rope), 3-5m adjustable side strop , ISC Foot Ascender, Cambium saver (Camp/Courant), Pfanner/Arbortec grippy gloves, Helmet with chin strap (Petzl Vertex Vent), Chainsaw Boots or boots with ankle protection! See our stockists page for good tree surgery shops!

CS39 - Safe Use of Chainsaw in the Canopy of a tree

CS40 - Crown Thinning & Reduction

CS41 - Dismantling & Rigging

​For all of the above you will need: PPE including Helmet with chin strap, Chainsaw Boots, Type C (all round protection) trousers, Chainsaw & Tools.





Recommended local accommodation (always tell them you are on a course with us!)​​

 Lou's B&B - 07802 896005 (within walking distance!)    White Hill Farm Camping

Cleaver Cottage - Appleshaw​     Gunville House -​ SP11 8JQ   01264 889585 or 07771 970664   ​ The Grosvenor Hotel - Stockbridge

Kimble Cottage - Abbotts Ann    The Hawk Inn, Amport  Plus various Premier Inns/Holiday Inns within a short distance




We are an independent training company based in Hampshire with over 30 years experience in Arb & Forestry Training, we are both a Lantra Approved Training Provider able to train Chainsaw & Tree Climbing related qualifications plus we are NPTC City & Guilds Assessors, so all our courses culminate in nationally recognised qualifications:​​​

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