About this course

You’ve been using a chainsaw for years, but you’ve got a couple of big, old trees on your property that you reckon are a bit above your skill level. Tocal can fix that in two days with this intermediate-level course.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • assessing, planning and safely carrying out manual tree-felling operations using a chainsaw in a non-production environment
  • the felling procedures for falling single leader sound trees of less than 40m in height and between 50cm and 80cm in diameter
  • controlling fall direction with the use of wedges and/or control with hinge wood.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 2 days
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 1
Indicative fees: $1065 GST-free


  • Prepare for felling
  • Visually assess site conditions and surroundings
  • Assess tree and plan felling
  • Apply tree-felling techniques

$1065 GST-free

  • WHS operational and maintenance requirements for general chainsaw use, environmental requirements for larger tree falling
  • Theory of intermediate tree felling
  • Demonstration of intermediate tree felling techniques
  • Identify operation hazards and control measures for larger trees
  • Identify tree falling direction and site preparation
  • Plan and effect cutting and fell larger tree
  • Fell a range of trees to a site plan

  • Participants are provided with the Workspace Training’s Chainsaw Operation: Beginner to Advanced manual.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.

Participants must show proof of competency in FWPCOT2253 Fall trees manually (basic), or equivalent by providing a certified copy of their previous training transcript.

Participants must be 16 years old or over.

This course is mapped to the national unit of competency FWPCOT3347 - Fell trees manually (intermediate).

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