Aerial Tree Cutting NPTC Level 3 Unit 308 (CS39)
3 Day Course

Aerial Tree Cutting Course description


This aerial tree cutting course covers the removal of single limb/parts of the tree canopy through to the complete removal of trees without the use of rigging equipment. It includes removing sections from the crown using free-fall or hand thrown techniques. Successful candidates will achieve the necessary certification to use a chainsaw whilst in a rope and harness in a tree.  The course is broken down into two days training, concluding on the third day with an NPTC assessment. Candidates must already hold their CS30 Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross Cutting, CS31 Felling over 380mm and Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue certifications to attend this course.

Training content

Assessment content

To view the CS39 NPTC assessment guidance please click the link below

Who is the course for?

This aerial tree cutting course is for candidates who have already gained experience in using chainsaw on the ground and tree climbing systems. learning how to operate a chainsaw from a rope and harness is essential in becoming a tree surgeon. Most tree surgery jobs require aerial cutting, developing the qualifications and skills required for this will help you progress in your career.

price and booking

Course cost: £648 (price includes VAT & NPTC assessment fees.)

Booking: If you would like to book, please review the requirements below and follow the link to our contact form.

Dates: Please click the link below to view our online calendar for all course dates


Equipment requirements

Please ensure all climbing equipment is EN compliant and has appropriate LOLER certificates and PPE is in good condition. Equipment is available for hire if candidates do not yet have their own. Please contact the office for cost.

Are You Ready To Start?

The course lasts for five days, including both training and assessment.

This course is ideal for individuals with basic tree climbing skills looking to advance their aerial cutting techniques.

Participants need PPE, a tree climbing harness, climbing lines, a top-handled chainsaw, and other personal climbing equipment.

The aerial tree cutting course covers advanced climbing techniques, safe use of chainsaws in aerial positions, and proper cutting methods.

Successful participants receive an industry-recognized NPTC certification upon completion.