COURSE INFORMATION & PRICES

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Ground Chainsaw

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All candidates attending a 5 day Chainsaw maintenance, cross cutting and Tree felling up to 380mm course will need the following equipment in accordance with HSE INDG317(rec2) and the Forestry Industry Safety Accord FISA Guide 301.

Safety helmet to EN 397. It is recommended that arborists working from a rope and harness use a mountaineering style helmet.Hearing protection to EN 352-1.Eye protection: Mesh visors to EN 1731 or safety glasses to EN 166.Upper body protection: Chainsaw jackets to BS EN 381-11. Chainsaw jackets can provide additional protection where operators are at increased risk (eg trainees, unavoidable use of a chainsaw above chest height).

However, this needs to be weighed against increased heat stress generated by physical exertion (eg working from a rope and harness).Gloves: The use of appropriate gloves is recommended under most circumstances. The type of glove will depend on a risk assessment of the task and machine. Consider the need for protection from cuts from the chainsaw, thorny material and cold/wet conditions.

Where chainsaw gloves are required these need to be to EN 381-7.Leg protection to EN 381-5. (All-round protection is recommended for arborists working in trees and occasional users, such as those working in agriculture.)Chainsaw boots to BS EN ISO 20345:2004 and bearing a shield depicting a chainsaw to show compliance with EN 381-3. (For occasional users working on even ground where there is little risk of tripping or snagging on undergrowth or brash, protective gaiters conforming to EN 381-9 may be worn in combination with steel-toe-capped safety boots.)

Chainsaws and Tree felling equipment are available to hire from Eastern Arboriculture Training at a rate of £20.00 per day any loses/breakages shall be charged at their full rrp per item.A 5% discount is available to all candidates from our Arboriculture shop. www.branchoutstore.co.uk

A “NATIVE ARB” Personal Bleed Kit is given to all candidates. https://www.branchoutstore.co.uk/product/native-personal-bleed-kit
Tree felling up-to 380mm Cross Cutting & Chainsaw Maintenance - Units 201/202 - £875.00 
5 days training plus 1 days independent assessment.

Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting - Units 201 - £500.00
2 days training plus 1/2 days independent assessment.

Tree felling up-to 380mm only - Unit 202 - £550.00 
3 days training plus 1 days independent assessment.

Tree felling over 380mm and up to 760mm - Unit 301 - £675.00
3 days training and 1 day independent assessment.

1 days Refresher training for the above is charged at £175.00 per person.

Individual Windblown Trees - NPTC unit 308 - £600
Duration 2 days training with independent NPTC assessment on a separate date.
Pre-requisite's are NPTC unit 201 (chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting)
This course is aimed at individuals who would be tasked with dealing with trees after heavy winds and storms.

Aerial Courses

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All candidates attending a 5 day Tree climbing & Aerial rescue training course will need the following equipment in accordance with the HSE Arboriculture Forestry Advisory Group AFAG Guide 401 and the Arboriculture Association Technical Guide 1. All candidates undertaking this training must be climbing using an MRT (Moving Rope Technique) All equipment must have an in date LOLER inspection certificate or proof of purchase if under 6 months old.

A “NATIVE ARB” Personal Bleed Kit is given to all candidates. https://www.branchoutstore.co.uk/product/native-personal-bleed-kit

Read More: https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/afag401.pdf

Tree climbing kits are available to hire from Eastern Arboriculture Training at a rate of £20.00 per day any loses/breakages shall be charged at their full rrp per item.

A 5% discount is available to all candidates from our Arboriculture shop. https://branchoutstore.co.uk

A LOLER inspection service is available from Eastern Arboriculture Training at a rate of £80.00 per individual kit.
Please contact us for more details.
Tree climbing & Aerial rescue training - Units 203-  £875.00
5 days training plus 1 days independent assessment.

Aerial rescue refresher training & WAHR 2 rope course - 1 day - £150.00

Aerial Chainsaw with free fall techniques - Unit 204 - £495.00
2 days training plus 1/2 days independent assessment.

Aerial Tree pruning/shaping  - Unit 302 - £500.00 
2 days training & 1 day independent assessment.

Safe use of a Chainsaw from a MEWP - £515.00
Unit 311 2 days training + independent assessment 
(candidates must already hold and provide a valid MEWP/Platform qualification with an in date loler certificate)
(A MEWP can be provided at an additional cost)

Machinery & Other Courses

Integrated 1 day Safe use of Wood-chipper £215.00
(it is expected that candidates provide their own machinery for this course, if this is not possible please contact us and we will provide a machine of our own)

Integrated 1 day safe use of Stump grinder £215.00
(it is expected that candidates provide their own machinery for this course, if this is not possible please contact us and we will provide a machine of our own)

Powered pole pruner maintenance 2-days (NPTC unit 207) £285.00
 

LANTRA Tree Survey and Inspections £225.00

LANTRA Roadside tree inspections £225.00

Handheld Leaf Blower Integrated 1 day £125.00

Manual Handling 1 day course £110.00

Utility Arboriculture Training

Suggested Textbooks

All candidates are advised to invest in a British Trees id book recommendations include:

Collins British Tree Guide (Collins Pocket Guide)
British Trees: A photographic guide to every common species (Collins Complete Guide)
Arboriculture Association Fungi on Trees: What makes this guide so different from anything else on the market is that for the first time decay fungi of amenity trees regularly encountered by arboriculturists are described with an array of representative photographs detailing stages in development as well as close up studio shots as an aid to identification.
Arboriculture Association Tree Pests and Diseases: This fantastic guide, written by Guy Watson, is a must have for arborists and contains the most common tree pests and diseases likely to be encountered on a day-to-day basis.

All available from Branch Out Arboriculture Store
301 course
This is a 2 day training course with independent assessment on the third day.

302 course
1 days training with separate half day independent assessment.

303 course
1 days training with separate half day independent assessment.

304 course
1 days training with separate half day independent assessment.

305 course
1 days training with separate half day independent assessment.


Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Utility Arboriculture Basic Electrical Knowledge (0038-30) (Previously UA1 now called 301) - £500 per person
This course is for anyone looking at working for a Utility Organisation in any of the main Electrical Networks and it sub-contractors framework, this course is a pre-requisite for any further UA Courses. Classroom based with a small amount of practical involvement looking at real live electrical network apparatus a short walk from the training centre.

Level 3 certificate of competence in Utility Arboriculture Tree Species Recognition, Growth Characteristics and Associated Hazards (0038-31) - (Previously UA2.1 now called 302) - £295.00
On this course Candidates will learn how to identify a range of Deciduous and Coniferous and how their growth rates can significantly impact both overhead and underground utilities. Weather permitting this course takes place in a private estate looking at living trees, in bad weather the course is classroom based with handouts and slide projections.

Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Utility Arboriculture Ground-based Pruning (0038-32) (Previously UA2.2 now 303) - £295.00

This course covers Tree hazards, risks and controls specific to sites with trees within certain distances of Electricity cable’s, Electrical methods of work in accordance with Distribution Network Operators and industry best practice pruning methods incorporating a range of insulated tools.

Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Utility Arboriculture Aerial Tree Pruning (0038-33) (Previously UA2.3 now 304) - £295.00.
Learning points cover the following details, Work @ Height assessments,Tree hazards evaluation, Environmental considerations, correct tool/equipment selection, Pruning techniques and coordination of Ground staff responsibilities.

Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Utility Arboriculture Assisted Tree Felling (0038-34) (Previously UA2.2 now 305) - £295.00
Learning includes the following topics, Site Hazards and control measures, emergency procedures, a range of assisted tree felling techniques in accordance with a range of DNOs preferred methods of work.

A combination of all units 302/303/304/305 is available at £650.00 per person. Assessment fee - £195.00
Re-Certifications are available for all courses it is advised to attend a Refresher day prior to Assessment
Refresher fee £250.00
Re-Certification fee £450.00


" Following on from the recent updates to the NPTC Utility Arboriculture assessment schedules all new UA courses now carry a 5 year validation with them instead of the original 3 years. Evidence of Refresher Training shall need to proven to any Distribution Network Operator (DNO) in order to continue as a Sub-contractor working with vegetation management near power lines ".
Currently all UA Qualifications expire after 5 years, therefore it maybe advisable for Employers/Self-employed contractors to combine all training in a condensed period to avoid expiration dates.
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