Fast-Tract Courses on How to become a Local Tree Surgeon in UK

Becoming arboriculturist or a tree surgeon needs proper training and education, provided by Cognita, aside from the physical characteristics that a person should possess. Of course, like any jobs, you cannot possibly know all the skills needed in the field without proper training. This article will discuss to you the different courses a person can take if he or she is interested in working as a local tree surgeon in Upminster.  This article features some of the courses offered at Kingswood Training.

Kingswood is a training school in London which is committed to give quality trainings to those who are interested in becoming a tree surgeon. In fact, it is considered to be approved arborist training provider which guarantee you a top pass-rate in many different courses.


At present, Kingswood Training is declared to have achieved the ‘Centre of Excellence’ in the UK. Kingswood offers different fast tract chainsaw training courses to those who are keen. The courses that fell under this field will certify the successful candidate to work commercially in just several weeks or days. Here are some of the basic fast tract chainsaw courses that they offer.

·             CS30/31 Combined 5 Day Chainsaw Maintenance & Felling Small Trees (Combined 5 Day – NPTC Assessment units 201,202 & 203)

This combined course that produces a fully trained and able candidates to fell trees up to 380mm diameter. Note that the commercial felling of trees is a skill that a local tree surgeon should possess. Thus, Kingswood include activities such as workshop in covering legislation, risk assessments, basic chainsaw maintenance, chain ID, sharpening and organizing site safety. At the end of the course, the candidates can already apply the saw safety, basic felling cuts, felling trees that lean back slightly, these skills will be assessed properly.

·             CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting Course (CS30 – 2-Day Lantra Course with NPTC Assessment – Units 201 & 202)

The course involve Chainsaw Maintenance and Crosscutting which takes place through workshop, series of risk assessments, health and safety legislation, personal protective equipment and chainsaw maintenance (including chain identification and sharpening). A day in the forest shall be spent in a local forest and covers site safety, pre-start checks, start procedures, correct stance and grip, cross-cutting, removing a trapped saw from the log and moving and stacking produce. The successful candidates will receive an NPTC Certificate of Competence.

·             CS31 Felling Small Trees (NPTC unit CS31)

This 4-day Felling Small Trees course covers different activities such as site safety and risk assessment, assessing individual trees for hazards, standard felling cuts, and specialist cuts for trees which lean backward slightly or lean forward severely. In this course, the potential candidate will be shown on how to take down hung-up trees safely, and is also taught why certain procedures are unsafe and should not be used. Processing felled trees is then covered, including correct de-limbing and cross-cutting to length and understanding tension and compression in felled timber. There is a pre-requisite for this course which is CS30 – Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting  (NPTC 201 / 202). The successful candidates will receive an NPTC Certificate of Competence.