David Vickers, who founded Drivelink Training back in 2013 to provide high quality, supportive training for the forestry and arboriculture industry has moved on... to Land Based Training based near Reading, Berkshire.

What this means is that you can still benefit from the quality training, assessment and LOLER services, but now over a much broader range of qualifications. As well as all the chainsaw units, with Land Based Training we can now deliver pesticides, ROLO (for LISS/CSCS), the full FMO range of qualifications, off-road driving and ATV courses; and covering both LANTRA and NPTC awarding bodies.

This represents an excellent choice and you can contact me either via the phone 01189 762901 or email me at

Training & Assessment

Want to get into forestry or arboriculture? Do you want to build upon your existing knowledge and skills with a new qualification?

Drivelink Training provides a range of off-the-shelf or bespoke, foundation, intermediate or advanced courses to meet your needs.

Refresher Training

Refresher training is required every 5 years once you have your certificates - get in touch to discuss your refresher requirements as we can provide bespoke refresher courses to suit you.

LOLER Inspections

Do you need your climbing and/or rigging equipment inspected to meet the requirements of LOLER?

Inspections can be done at your premises or even at your worksite to ensure you maintain maximum productivity and minimal downtime.

Next Steps...

Check our scheduled courses to find when we're running the course that you want...

Getting Started?

Here at Drivelink Training we understand that you want to make the right investment in your work, and that's why we can help you at each stage, helping you to progress at each stage of your career.

If you want to become a climber then we'd recommend that you start by completing the chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting course, then taking on the felling and processing trees up to 380mm course.

With these courses successfully completed then you can work your way up through the aerial course, safe in the knowledge that your pre-requisites are all in place; starting with the climbing and aerial rescue course, then the aerial cutting and finally the aerial rigging course once you have gained some experience.

Many of our clients do not wish to climb, and may work in forestry, local government, NGO's, golf clubs or just be private individuals that want to learn how to use a chainsaw safely.

We offer the foundation courses: chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting as well as felling and processing of trees up to 380mm, but can also provide the more advanced courses such as felling and processing of trees over 380mm (dealing with 'medium' and 'large' felling techniques), emergency treeworks, dealing with windblown trees, and assisted felling.

Free Book

To help you with your training and assessment, or just for background information, Drivelink Training has created a 131-page Guide To Chainsaw Maintenance.

Guide To Chainsaw Maintenance

Written by David Vickers, and backed by Makita, this free 131-page ebook takes you through the underpinning knowledge and practical steps to maintaining your chainsaw.

It's lavishly illustrated with superb photographs that link in with the text and is a great companion to the chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting course.

"You are to be applauded for creating such a guide" P.M.

"I really liked the layout and pictures", S.W.

"A good revision summary and reference document", R.J.