RFS Certificate in Arboriculture – Practical Awards of Competence

The below list gives the mandatory and optional practical elements you need to apply for RFS certification, alongside these you will also need an appropriate theory course at Level 2 or higher.

To complete your RFS Certificate in Forestry you will need to complete:

All four mandatory modules from List 1

Four optional modules from List 2

Please note that all awards in competence required are full NPTC/Lantra “tickets of competence” or licenses to practice. We cannot accept certificates of training or attendance.

We may also accept other NPTC or LANTRA qualifications which are a direct substitute for one of the qualifications listed above.

List 1: Mandatory Modules

Emergency First Aid at Work + Forestry (EFAW+F)

Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting

NPTC: 003920 (CS30)                         Lantra: 600/5699/X    600/5700/2

Level 2 Award in Felling & Processing Trees up to 380mm

NPTC: 002004 (CS31)                          Lantra: 600/5703/8

Level 2 Award in Accessing a Tree Using a Rope and Harness

NPTC: 002007 (CS38.1)                        Lantra: 600/5709/9

List 2: Optional Modules

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Manually Fed Woodchippers

NPTC: (INT) 002057    (IND) 002058

Level 2 Award in Branch Removal & Breakdown of a Crown

NPTC: 002005 (CS37)                            Lantra: 600/5708/7

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Powered Pole Pruner Maintenance and Operation

NPTC: 003926 (CS48)                             Lantra: 600/5708/7

Level 2 Award in Supporting Colleagues Undertaking Off Ground Tree Related Operations

NPTC: 002008 (CS45)

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Stump Grinding Operations

NPTC: (INT) 002053 (IND) 002054

Level 2 Certificate of Competence in Brush Cutting Operations

NPTC: (INT) 001421 (IND) 001426

Level 2 Award in the Safe Application of Pesticides using Pedestrian Hand Held Equipment

NPTC: 0021654(PA1 & PA6)

Level 3 Award in Felling & Processing Trees Over 380mm

NPTC: 002101 (CS32)                          Lantra: 600/5704/x

Level 3 Award in Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees using a Chainsaw

NPTC: 002102 (CS34 and CS35)       Lantra: 600/5706/3

Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

NPTC: 003922 (CS38.2)                     Lantra:  600/5711/7

Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Pruning

NPTC: 003931 (CS40)                         Lantra: 600/5712/9

Level 3 Award in Aerial Cross Cutting of Trees Using Free-Fall Techniques

NPTC: 002108 (CS39)                          Lantra: 600/5713/0

Level 3 Award in Aerial Rigging

NPTC: 003932 (CS41)                          Lantra: 600/5714/2

Level 3 Award in Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Platform – MEWP

NPTC: 003938                                       Lantra: 600/6732/9

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