About this course

A two day course on operating a chainsaw when removing fallen trees using a range of cutting techniques.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • identifying and following WHS requirements for chainsaw operations
  • maintaining and operating a chainsaw safely and efficiently in a range of situations
  • cross-cutting felled trees to industry standards.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 2 days
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 2
Indicative fees: $790 GST-free


  • Identify cross cutting requirements
  • Prepare and maintain equipment
  • Assess tree and plan cutting
  • Trim and cross-cut tree safely and efficiently

$790 GST-free

  • WHS requirements identify operational hazards and control measures
  • Chainsaw design, components, servicing and chain sharpening
  • Start up and shut down procedures
  • Basic cross cutting techniques
  • Basic cross cutting techniques continued
  • Controlling kickback
  • Servicing and sharpening as required
  • Advanced cross cutting techniques
  • Field exercises eg. cutting timber in binds, oversize logs, boring, ripping, limbing and trimming
  • Trim and cross-cut felled trees to site plan requirements

  • Participants are provided with a ForestWorks Chainsaw Operators Manual.
  • This course is delivered using both indoor and outdoor instruction.

Participants must be 16 years old or over.

This course is mapped to the national units of competency:

  • FWPCOT2254 - Maintain chainsaws
  • FWPCOT2256 - Trim and cut felled trees

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