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Licences to Practice

Forestry and urban forestry licenses to practice

The Approved Code of Practice supporting the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 sets a minimum standard of competence for people using chainsaws and forestry equipment.

The chainsaw certificate of competence (NPTC CS Units) system has now been phased out (2013) and superseded by “Licence to Practice” qualifications. Following on from these changes, new units of assessment and qualifications have been developed. Further information on all forestry and urban forestry qualifications can be accessed by clicking the links at the bottom of this page.

The changes

  •  Pre 2013 – The chainsaw certificate of competence system in which Lantra awards provided training for assessments, with City & Guilds NPTC providing independent assessment ceased in 2013. As have the certificates of competence ‘CS Units’ that were awarded on successful completion of assessments. Certificates of competence were referred to as CS units and many within the industry still refer to them as so.
  •  Post 2013 – the licence to practice qualifications were developed to meet the qualifications and credits framework (QCF). This change means that you can still select an approved training provided but your assessment can be provided by an approved Lantra or City & Guilds assessor. On successful completion of your assessment you will be awarded a licence to practice.

For further information on the qualifications offered by City and Guilds NPTC & Lantra Awards;