Lantra ITA – Basic Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting Training

Lantra Approved

Our Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting Course

Specialist Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting Training (Entry Level)

This entry level course is suitable for anyone who uses a chainsaw for cross-cutting only. It is an integrated Training and Assessment (ITA) course leading to a Lantra Awards certificate of training. City & Guilds / NPTC qualifications also available.

The course will provide you with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure that you are confident using your saw and aware of the relevant health and safety guidelines making sure you stay protected.

Industry Experience

Contour Training’s industry experience includes working with both public and private sector, construction and utility sectors, government organisations, local authorities, MOD and conservation groups. We have some of the most experienced Lantra Awards and NPORS trainers in the UK, many of whom are also highly experienced with all types of all-terrain vehicles.

Sites and Equipment

Our expert instructors can come to your site all over the UK, or we can provide training sites, PPE and equipment hire in various locations.

Who should attend?

Our chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting training course is available for anyone who maintains and operates chainsaws for cross-cutting only. This course is physical, so you must be fit and able to carry out the tasks required of the course.

Our course is suited to people who work in:

  • Agriculture
  • Horticulture
  • Woodland industries
  • Local authorities
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Land-based industries

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting Course Content

Duration: 2 days (novice) or 1 day (refresher)

Maximum delegates: 4

Awarding bodies: Lantra Awards, City & Guilds / NPTC

On successful completion of this training course candidates will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary personal protective equipment required, report on its condition and locate the various standard marks
  • Identify required health and safety features on a chainsaw
  • Prepare the chainsaw for use with the correct fuel/oil mix and chain lubrication
  • Start the chainsaw from both cold and hot in a safe manner
  • Carry out pre-cutting safety tests – and state the procedures if the chainsaw fails these tests
  • State the possible hazards/risks when carrying out maintenance or operational tasks
  • Organise site safety and state the procedures required
  • Identify faults and defects on a chainsaw and decide which you can sort yourself and which will need the help of a service engineer
  • Select and identify the correct tools to enable maintenance and report on their serviceability
  • Carry out all routine maintenance in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction book and/or the Lantra Awards workbook
  • Cross-cut timber accurately to required lengths
  • Assess and explain the terms ‘tension’ and ‘compression’ in timber
  • Adopt safe procedures to remove a trapped guide bar
  • Handle and stack timber in a safe manner.

Duration: 2 days (novice) or 1 day (refresher)

Maximum delegates: 4

Awarding bodies: Lantra Awards, City & Guilds / NPTC



Netherton Of Glenboig, Fintry, Glasgow, G63 0YH
Office: 01360 860 088
Ian: 07976 573 914
Laura: 07917 830 633