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

Started on February 26, 2024

C&G NPTC UA Tree species recognition 003831, ground-based pruning 003832, assisted felling 003834, aerial pruning 003833 assessments (formerly UA2)

This course is aimed predominantly at those working within or looking to work within the utility arboriculture sector or people required to carry out any arboricultural or forestry work near live overhead power lines. This two-day, field-based course, which is split into four units, has been developed to provide the candidates with the specific skills and knowledge required to safely carry out arboricultural work near live overhead power lines and to undertake the C&G NPTC UA assessments.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of 003831 UA Tree species recognition (formerly UA2.1), 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 powerlines
  • 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), 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.

Concerning 003834 UA Assisted felling (formerly UA2.2), 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.

Concerning 003833 UA Aerial pruning (formerly UA2.3), the candidate will

  • demonstrate competence in safely accessing and pruning trees near to overhead power lines
  • state the information required when briefing ground staff, to ensure climbing operations are carried out safely
  • demonstrate descending the tree and the removal of associated climbing equipment
  • understand the electrical method of work required for dealing with each category of tree.

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
  • 003833 UA Aerial pruning – UA basic electrical knowledge 003830, UA tree species recognition 003831, UA ground-based pruning 003832, UA assisted felling 003834, Level 2 chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting 003920, Level 2 felling of small trees 003921, Level 2 tree climbing and aerial rescue 003922, Level 2 chainsaw from a rope and harness 003923

Course duration for all four units

Two days training with an assessment on a separate day.

Cost

Training cost: £400 per person plus VAT. Maximum of 2 people per course. C&G NPTC assessment for all four units: £420 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 four units

Ground-based chainsaw (petrol or battery, maximum of 15” bar), fuel/oil, maintenance tools, climbing kit – see details below under PPE, 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, chainsaw boots, mountaineering-style arborist chainsaw helmet with ear and eye protection and chin strap, cut-resistant climbing gloves, full climbing kit (work positioning harness, minimum of two climbing ropes of which one must be at least 35 m and one must be at least 25 m, minimum of eight auto lock triple action karabiners, adjustable strop/lanyard, one tape sling of around 120 cm, pair of climbing irons (spikes), wire core flip line, four prusik loops or equivalent friction cords, rescue knife with retractable/folding blade), first-aid kit with haemostatic dressing, large wound dressing and whistle. An in-date thorough LOLER examination certificate (or certificate of conformity/receipt for items less than six months old) will be required for all items of climbing equipment. 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.