About this course

Need to drop small trees safely and effectively? Want to keep it simple? Here are the basics, presented simply. Safety, maintenance and operation. Two days of indispensable training for the novice chainsaw operator.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • general maintenance and operation of chainsaws
  • safe and efficient working techniques
  • falling trees safely and effectively following WHS and environmental requirements
  • assessing trees and surroundings and plan for falling.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 2 days
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 1
Indicative fees: $970 GST-free


  • Prepare for felling
  • Assess tree and plan felling
  • Apply tree felling techniques
  • Maintain equipment

$970 GST-free

  • Revise WHS, operational and maintenance requirements for general chainsaw use
  • WHS and environmental requirements for tree falling
  • Identify operational hazards and control measures
  • Identify tree falling direction and site preparation
  • Plan and effect cutting and fall basic tree
  • Fall a range of trees to a site plan
  • Chainsaw servicing and sharpening as required
  • Tree hang ups and control measures discussed and implemented

  • Participants are provided with the ForestWorks Tree Fallers’s Manual.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.

Participants must be 16 years old or over.

Competence in Trim and cut felled trees is a prerequisite to attending this course.

This course is mapped to the national unit of competency FWPCOT2253 - Fell trees manually (basic).

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