Utility arboriculture – ground-based units: Tree species recognition, ground-based pruning and assisted felling

Started on July 19, 2024

C&G NPTC UA Tree species recognition 003831, ground-based pruning 003832 and assisted felling 003834 assessments (formerly UA2 ground units)

This course is aimed predominantly at those working in or looking to work in the utility-arboriculture sector or people carrying out arboricultural or forestry work near live overhead power lines. This two-day, field-based course is split into three units. It will provide you with the specific skills and knowledge needed to carry out ground-based arboricultural work safely near live overhead power lines and to undertake the C&G NPTC UA assessments.

Learning objectives

Concerning 003831 UA Tree species recognition (formerly UA2.1), upon completion, the candidate will

  • be able to identify a range of common broadleaved and coniferous tree species and be able to comment on their individual timber characteristics and growth rates in relation to overhead power lines
  • have gained a basic understanding of the factors that might influence a tree’s growth
  • understand the significance and hazards associated with epicormic sprout growth, climbing plants, defective trees and trees with dangerous overhang
  • understand the basic principles of utility pruning methods
  • be able to identify tree fungi of significance.

Concerning 003832 UA Ground-based pruning (formerly UA2.2), upon completion, the candidate will

  • recognise the importance of site-specific/electrical risk assessments and be able to identify and control hazards on a variety of sites
  • understand the electrical method of work required for dealing with each category of tree
  • display competence in the use of insulated pole tools for carrying out pruning operations
  • understand the importance of the care and maintenance of insulating poles.

Regarding 003834 UA Assisted felling (formerly UA2.2), upon completion, the candidate will

  • recognise the importance of site-specific/electrical risk assessments and be able to identify and control hazards on a variety of sites
  • be able to select suitable equipment required for assisted felling
  • be able to conduct a pre-use inspection and understand the loading limits of assisted felling equipment
  • demonstrate competence in the use of insulated poles for rope installation
  • demonstrate the safe method of felling trees adjacent to overhead power lines using assisted felling techniques, which must include the use of a suitable holding cut.

Prerequisites

  • 003831 UA Tree species recognition – UA basic electrical knowledge 003830
  • 003832 UA Ground-based pruning – UA basic electrical knowledge 003830, UA tree species recognition 003831
  • 003834 UA Assisted felling – UA basic electrical knowledge 003830, UA tree species recognition 003831, UA ground-based pruning 003832, Level 2 Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting 003920, Level 2 Felling of small trees 003921

Course duration for all three units

Two days training with an assessment on a separate day.

Cost

Training cost: £400 per person plus VAT. Maximum of two people per course. C&G NPTC assessments for all three units: £405 per person. If required, we can offer candidates training and assessment in each of the separate units – please contact us for prices for this.

Equipment required for course covering all three units

Ground-based chainsaw (petrol or battery, maximum of 15” bar), fuel/oil, maintenance tools, felling lever and timber tongs. Assisted felling equipment and poles will be provided but please bring your own if you have these available.

PPE

Chainsaw trousers Class 1 type C, boots, helmet with ear and eye protection, first-aid kit with haemostatic dressing, large wound dressing and whistle. All equipment is available to hire at an additional cost, including PPE. Please enquire for details.

Refresher courses are also available. Please enquire for details.