Training Services

Arborcraft Solutions run a variety of arborist training such as chainsaw courses, forestry courses e.t.c. These are aimed at individuals working within or looking to seek employment within the trees and timber sector. However many of the courses are relevant to other land based and construction operations and learners from these sectors are also welcomed.

The training centre is located in the Vale of Glamorgan on a large estate with access to diverse work sites and woodlands.

A consultancy service is offered to identify training needs within companies and organisations resulting in the production of a skills audit and training plan. As part of this service assistance and advice is available on the identification and securing of grant aid.

Working with partner organisations Arborcraft Solutions can provide a complete training service for the arboricultural / forestry contractor.

All learners receive a Certificate of Training and most courses lead to assessment for nationally and internationally recognised qualifications from Awarding Bodies such as City & Guilds NPTC, IPAF, HSE and LANTRA.

Courses

Some of our more popular courses are detailed below. If you require training that is not listed here, please call on 07879 897708.

Prices include the use of equipment and fuel. Unless otherwise stated, assessment and registration fees are also included. Learners are required to provide Personal Protective Equipment.

Learners are required to provide their own protective clothing. Special discounts are available for trainees purchasing this equipment.

Chainsaw

Our range of chainsaw and tree care courses prepare learners for independent City and Guilds NPTC assessments.

Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting (Formerly CS30): £295 plus VAT

This 2 day course is the pre-requisite for all other chainsaw qualifications. Course content includes risk assessment, safety precautions, daily and routine maintenance, sharpening, safe operation of the saw, cross cutting and stacking.

Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm (Formerly CS31): £395 plus VAT

This 3 day course covers the felling of trees, normally in a woodland or forest setting. It includes preparation of site and equipment, legislation, felling of upright front and back leaning trees and the safe takedown of hung up trees.

Maintenance, Crosscutting and Felling Combined Course: £645 plus VAT

This 5 day course combines the two courses above.

Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm (Formerly CS32): £425 plus VAT

This 3 day course covers the felling of larger trees, usually in a woodland or forest setting. It includes preparation of site and equipment, legislation, felling of upright, front and back leaning trees and the safe takedown of hung up trees using a winch.

Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue (Formerly CS38): £800 plus VAT

This course is delivered over 7 days. We feel this allows time for learners to practice and gain the confidence required to enter into the workplace with new skills. Course content includes risk assessment, legislation, equipment selection, ascent and climbing methods, work positioning, some tree identification and a range of rescue scenarios. This course is the pre requisite for further aerial qualifications.

Aerial Chainsaw use for Free Fall Cutting (Formerly CS39): £295 plus VAT

This 2 day course (may be extended to 3 for less experienced climbers) covers the use of a chainsaw from rope and harness. Learners are coached in work positioning, safe handling and use of a chainsaw in the tree and a range of free fall and hand held cutting techniques.

Aerial Tree Pruning (Formerly CS40): £295 plus VAT

This 2 day course covers the aerial pruning of trees using a chainsaw and other hand tools. Course content includes pruning methods and techniques, work positioning and tool selection.

Combined Climbing Course: £1250 plus VAT

Delivered over 10 days, this course combines tree climbing, use of a chainsaw from a rope and harness and aerial tree pruning. Learners will be prepared for assesment in the 3 corresponding units (formally CS38, 39 and 40).

Aerial Tree Rigging: £645 plus VAT

This 5 day course is suitable for ground workers and experienced climbers. Course content includes Legislation, planning of rigging techniques and equipment, estimating the weight of sections and forces generated, lowering and lifting of sections, speedlines and management of the worksite. Climbers will be prepared for assesment in Aerial Tree Rigging (formally CS41). Ground workers will be prepared for assessments in supporting Colleagues Undertaking Off Groung Tree Related Operations (formally CS45).

Other Courses

Brushcutter

This course is delivered over 1 or 2 days depending on the experience of the learners.

Pesticides PA1 & 6

Delivered over 3 days, this course covers the basic pesticides unit and the application of pesticides using knapsack sprayer. NPTC assessments held on completion of course.

IPAF Mobile Elevated Work Platform: £250 plus VAT

Covering the safe operation of MEWP’s. Training and certification for two categories of machines can be accommodated per day. Categories are as follows: 1a – Static Verticle, 1b – Static Boom (trailer, truck or track mounted), 3a – Mobile Verticle (scissor lift) and 3b – Mobile Boom.

Brushwood Chipper: £160 plus VAT

This one day course covers the maintenance and safe use of manually fed brushwood chippers.

Stump Grinder: £130 plus VAT

A one day course covering the maintenance and safe use of stump grinding equipment.

2nd April 2014 - Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm (Formerly CS32)

28th April 2014 - Maintenance, Crosscutting and Felling Combined Course

12th May 2014 - Aerial Chainsaw Use for Free Fall Cutting (Formerly CS39)

19th May 2014 - Aerial Tree Rigging

2nd June 2014 - Multiple Windblown & Emergency Tree Work Combined