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CPD Refresher – UA Aerial Operator

Who is this refresher course for?

These courses are accredited by City & Guilds NPTC and from 2022 will replace the need to re-take any of their UA Qualifications, as would have happened previously; attendees will receive a “Digital Credential”, via email, upon completion of the refresher course.

CPD Refreshers for Utility Arboriculture Operators are required to be completed every 3 years to keep your qualification valid.

This CPD Refresher Course will provide the attendee with an updated knowledge of basic electrical knowledge, and species identification and basic hazard inspections, relevant to the utility arboriculture sector. This refresher course also includes an update on using hand pruning tools and chainsaws to tackle vegetation and tree works near overhead power lines – specifically for aerial operatives.


1 days Refresher Training with an integrated City & Guilds NPTC CPD Assessment


max. 4 per course


This is normally completed at our site locally to Builth Wells.
If you have enough people for a full course, we are able to run this course on your site (subject to a pre-course visit).


UA Basic Electrical Knowledge | UA Species Recognition, Growth Characteristics and Associated Hazards | Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting | Tree Climbing & Aerial Rescue | Felling Small Trees up to 380mm | UA Ground Based Pruning | UA Assisted Felling | UA Aerial Pruning | Use of a Chainsaw from a Rope & Harness


City & Guilds CPD Module in Utility Arboriculture Basic Electrical Knowledge
City & Guilds CPD Module in Utility Arboriculture Tree Species Recognition, Growth Characteristics and Associated Hazards
City & Guilds CPD Module in Utility Arboriculture Ground-based Pruning
City & Guilds CPD Module in Utility Arboriculture Assisted Tree Felling
City & Guilds CPD Module in Utility Arboriculture Aerial Pruning


City & Guilds NPTC Digital Credential


  • Risk assessment, hazards, risks, controls, emergency planning and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Risk Zones recap – Proximity zones, vicinity zones, live zones
  • Equipment, designated work area and factors to consider when carrying out ground-based operations
  • Tree types and condition
  • Using ladders and ropes
  • Emergencies in the workplace and rescuing a person
  • Permit to Work (PTW)/ Permit for Work (PFW)
  • Safety document and safety points
  • Ground clearances, trees electrical categories, dangers working in live zones
  • Overhead line components
  • Understand work methods for all tree categories
  • Maintain & assemble insulated tools
  • Use insulated tools to prune trees in proximity to overhead power lines
  • Fell trees adjacent to overhead power lines
  • Plan & agree safe work method with ground staff
  • Carry out pre climb tree inspection
  • Clean & tidy site to specification
  • To be able to work safely

Refresher Course Information Sheet:

Course Information Sheet – Utility Arboriculture Aerial operator CPD Refresher

For course dates please visit our Events Page