Training Courses

Aerial Tree Pruning Operations (L3)

Available courses:

  • Aerial Tree Pruning Operations (L3)

    20th Sep 2021
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This is a 4 day training course, with integrated assessment.

This course is about carrying out arboricultural pruning operations off ground in trees, carrying out reductions, crown-lifting, re-pollarding, thinning and crown cleaning. 

  • Regulations and Industry Best Practice for carrying out crown thinning and reduction. 
  • Carry out a tree hazard evaluation - comment on the structure, condition and properties of trees.
  • Use a chainsaw and other pruning tools within the tree
  • Achieving specified crown density, shape and size using hand tools and chainsaw in a range of tree species.

City & Guilds requirements: Please note - Tree Climbing Equipment – LOLER

In order for aerial assessments to commence, you must provide evidence that the equipment to be used is fit for purpose and LOLER compliant. This means that it should have a unique identification and have been thoroughly examined by a competent person. The most current examination record must be provided where equipment is greater than 6 months old. If these records are not available for the Assessor to check, the assessment must not proceed.

We can carry out LOLER inspections, if required. The cost is generally £60 per kit but this does depend on how much equipment there is, what condition it's in and the time taken to log it all on a spreadsheet.



Trainees must hold NPTC Units 201, 202, 203, 206, 306, 308 (CS30, CS31, CS38 and CS39)


First Aid training is also an essential part of your preparation to use chainsaws, so please look into this if you do not currently hold a relevant qualification. We are pleased to now offer an Emergency Outdoor First Aid at Work course, certificated by the HSE. Ian has a wealth of first aid and trauma experience. Following discussions with him, he has created a more bespoke course for the industry – although all the skills are covered (including catastrophic bleeds and trauma), the scenarios and accidents discussed are tailored to the forestry and arb industry. The total fee is £160.