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    For more information please call Phil or Karen on

    01490 460 611
    United Kingdom

    Phil Dunford Chainsaw Training

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    Welcome to Phil's Chainsaw Training Website

    - Training for professional, domestic and occasional chainsaw users.

    Train with the Best!!!

    Phil Dunford receiving first prize for the 2005 Welsh Treefelling Championship.

    Phil instructs on all courses, offering high quality chainsaw training, with courses tailored to fit individual needs. We are a small business and pride ourselves in a offering a personal and friendly service. If you have any questions about chainsaw training, don't hesitate to ring! 

    Courses are designed for the complete novice or for people who have had previous experience of using chainsaws

    Phil has twice won the British Chainsaw Championship and seven times the Welsh Treefelling Championship -so IF YOU WANT THE BEST, THEN TRAIN WITH THE BEST!

    There are three different types of courses available:


    These two courses combine training and assessment, and candidates who achieve an acceptable standard will be awarded a Lantra Awards Certificate of Training which is valid for 5 years. More Details ...

    * COURSES FOR PROFESSIONAL USERS (LANTRA course leading to QCF level 2 and level 3 assessment)

    This route is intended for someone who anticipates seeking contractual work in professional forestry, amenity or arboricultural activities which is likely, immediately or at some future date, to involve felling trees over 200mm (8") in diameter, and/or aerial tree work. More Details ...


    These courses are available for candidates who already hold a recognised certificate, but who wish to refresh their skills. Some companies require their employees to update their skills after a length of time. HSE recommend a refresher course every 3 years for occasional users and 5 years for regular users. More Details ...

    Why Do I Need Training?

    Used correctly, chainsaws and allied cutting equipment are very versatile tools with a variety of uses. But they are also potentially very dangerous. Read More ...

    Training is a legal requirement.

    The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require employers to provide adequate training and to ensure that chainsaws and related equipment are operated by employees who have received appropriate training in their safe use. Read More ...

    Learn from the experts.

    LANTRA awards has many years experience of developing training courses to the highest standards. Courses are delivered exclusively through a network of approved registered training providers and instructors. Read More ...


      From 3rd Sept 2012 there have been changes made to the world of chainsaw training and assessment.

      Brief History

      In 2009 the Trees and Timber Industry Group were advised by industry that the National Occupational Standards (NOS) were not fit for purpose. As a result the NOS were rewritten to ensure it had full industry commitment before it was signed off in 2011. At the same time Government introduced the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF) which allow learners to achieve vocational qualifications/units through a more flexible route. The combination of both QCF and a revised NOS has meant that all chainsaw training course and assessment schedules needed revising to accomodate the changes. From 2002 - 2012 Lantra and City and Guilds (NPTC) engaged in an alliance which meant that Lantra provided the chainsaw training while NPTC undertook the assessments. However in Sept 2012 there came a parting of the ways between NPTC and Lantra. Both organisations now offer training and assessments in a wide range of subjects. For the chainsaw learner this will offer choice. The qualification offered by Lantra, NPTC or another awarding organisation will be exactly the same as they are all regulated by the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF).

      QCF Qualifications and Units

      The new QCF units are known by the unit/qualification title and not prefixed by 'CS' as previously named (2002-2012). The QCF unit/qualification can be offered by any awarding organisation. Achieving qualifications identifies a competent operator and helps to meet the health and safety requirements of the industry. There are a range of pratical assessments covering all aspects of chainsaw work. A QCF level 2 in chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting timber is the mandatory qualification that is a prerequisite to many of the level 2 and 3 qualifications. Once the mandatory qualifications have been achieved learners can take further qualifications to meet the needs of their chosen career pathways. The learner will be observed completing a series of tasks relevant to the qualification and the assessor will ask questions to check their understanding. Lantra Award's QCF qualifications fulfill all trade industry criteria. They are fully accepted by regulatory bodies and conform to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974. The QCF qualification (Certificate of Competance) will provide a licence to practice so learners fulfil all legal and trade/industry criteria.

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    If a course is provisionally full, then a place may become available

    Please ring 0789 149 4341 for further info

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    Bookings are currently being taken for:

  • 10-12 July 2017
    Training 350
    Assessment 135
    1 places available

  • 13-14 July 2017
  • Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting
    Training and integrated assessment 195
    2 places available

  • 17-18/19 July 2017
  • Dealing with individual and multiple windblown trees course cost 375
    Assessment cost 145
    2 places available

  • 24-28 July 2017
  • Maintenance, cross cutting and felling trees up to 380mm
    Training 395
    Assessment 29 July 2017 245
    1 places available

  • 28 Aug - 1 Sept 2017
  • Maintenance, cross cutting and felling trees up to 380mm
    Training 395
    Assessment 2 Sept 2017 245
    4 places available

  • 4-8 Sept 2017
  • Maintenance, cross cutting and felling trees up to 380mm
    Training 395
    Assessment 9 Sept 2017 245
    2 places available

    SITE UPDATED 19-6-17

    For more information please call Phil on

    01490 460 611
    United Kingdom

    I will travel anywhere in the UK to deliver courses for 4 candidates. Travel expenses are 50p per mile.

    Full equipment hire is available (everything from PPE to chainsaws and sharpening tools).

    For more information please call Phil or Karen on 01490 460 611 or email phil@chainsawtraining.com