Kentra Training specialise in providing both on-site training and courses delivered at our purpose designed training centre in Middlewich, Cheshire. Detailed below is the course syllabus and details for the NPORS N602 Chainsaw training course details covering cross cutting and equipment maintenance.

Aims and Objectives

This course is designed to highlight to participants the dangers of chainsaw use and the safe operating procedures necessary so as to help avoid accidents and injuries. Delivered using a mixture of both classroom based tutorial and practical machine operating, testing and a final course assessment.

Delegate Eligibility / Entry Requirements

This course is designed for candidates of all abilities. We can assist candidates with any learning difficulties or where English may not be their first language, please mention when booking a course.

Course Duration

There are 2 levels of experience

  • Novice: Where full training is required. 4 Candidates: 1 Machine: 1 Instructor: Duration 2 days
  • Refresher and Test: Where candidates require refresher training and may need some remedial tuition. 4 Candidates: 1 Machine: 1 Instructor: 1 Day
Course Content
  • Employer & Employee legal responsibilities
  • Health & Safety Act 1974 and other relevant legislation
  • PPE
  • Pre Operational checks
  • Chainsaw maintenance (workshop safety)
  • Chain sharpening
  • Lubrication and refueling
  • Starting and pre-cutting checks
  • Crosscutting and stacking timber
  • De-limbing
  • Site safety including weather conditions and allowing for wind factor when cutting
Variations of Chainsaw
  • Petrol
  • Electric
  • Air

If you have any attachments these can be included in the assessment and detailed on the training card (if required).

Learning Outcomes
  • Have a basic understanding of the dangers and their responsibilities as an operator
  • Be able to locate and identify the major components and key controls of the machine and explain their functions
  • Explain the techniques to service and maintain the chainsaw and explain how to sharpen and maintain the chain using the appropriate equipment
  • Select a suitable type of machine relative to the work being undertaken
  • Identify and maintain the correct chainsaw PPE appropriate to chainsaw cross cutting and maintenance
  • Operate machinery safely and efficiently
  • Explain and identify tension and compaction when cutting
  • Storage and transport and be able to carry out end of shift and shut down procedures

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Certification & Validation

This course can be registered with our awarding body NPORS or accredited by us Kentra Training. We are a registered training provider and our cards are suitable for the HSE and insurances. Candidates successfully completing this course will receive one of the following:

  • Kentra Training course validation and plastic (credit card size) ID card
  • NPORS registration and plastic ID card N602 Chainsaw training course

If NPORS is required we will need to notify them prior to the course, so please mention this when booking.

Our instructor will take the candidates picture on the day of training, which will appear on their ID cards.

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The technical bit…


According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is essential that anyone who uses a chainsaw at work should have received adequate training and be competent in using a chainsaw for the type of work that they are required to do. This course is designed to provide you with evidence of the required experience and knowledge required.

Specifications – requirements for the course

There must be a sufficient quantity of material (timber or small branches) to cut a minimum of 5 cuts per candidate.

Course Requirements

This course can be delivered on-site where we come to you and use your equipment, alternatively you can come to us and we will provide everything you need for the course.

On-site Course Requirements

You will need:

  • A room for the theory session and a safe area for the practical session.
  • Candidates will be expected to provide their own equipment and PPE which should include hearing, leg and eye protection, helmet and gloves. Safety Boots / Gaiters or steel toe-capped boots.
  • All equipment to be in good working order.
  • Candidates will need to know their own date of birth and National Insurance number.
Training Centre Course Requirements

For courses conducted at our training centre, in Middlewich we provide all the equipment, tools and supplies required to conduct the course.

  • Delegates will need to be suitably dressed to use the equipment, and may wish to bring their own PPE to use (this includes hearing, leg and eye protection, helmet and gloves).
  • Safety Boots / Gaiters or steel toe-capped boots are required.
  • If you would prefer you may bring along your own equipment to use during the course, so that we can run through the maintenance on your own equipment.
  • Candidates will need to know their own dates of birth and National Insurance number.

Courses at our training centre can be run as open training programmes, meaning that if you only have one or two candidates, you can join a course with other delegates on a mutually convenient day.

How can we help

At Kentra Training Centre we are proud to offer a wide range of training courses and cater to the bespoke needs of our clients. Let us know when you need and how we can help you, and be sure of a friendly welcome from the team.

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We look forward to helping you with this N602 Chainsaw training course or any of your training needs.

The Kentra Training Team

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Other blogs on Chainsaws include

Chainsaw – our A 2 Z of Safety Training

Official N602 NPORS Chainsaw Training