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: $935 GST-free


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

$775 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 fall larger tree
  • Fall a range of trees to a site plan

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

Participants must show proof of competency in FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic), or equivalent by providing a certified copy of their previous training transcript.

This course requires a high level of physical fitness and manual dexterity. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please talk to our short course coordinator before enrolment.

This course is mapped to the national unit of competency FWPFGM3212 Fall trees manually (intermediate).

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