About this course

When a chainsaw is too big to carry up a ladder, and too dangerous to use while on the ladder, a pole saw is exactly the tool you need. But what sort of pole saw? And how do you use it safely? Tocal’s one-day course can help you get the most out of this useful tool.

The course aims to develop knowledge and skills in:
  • WHS requirements for pole saw operations
  • assessing trees for trimming
  • preparing pole saw for trimming
  • trimming high branches reachable with a power driven pole saw
  • promoting tree growth by trimming and felling excess branches.

At a glance:

Location: Statewide
Course duration: 1 day
Start date: Multiple intakes
Number of units: 1
Indicative fees: $560 GST-free


  • Prepare for trimming
  • Assess trees
  • Trim trees
  • Conduct operator maintenance

$560 GST-free

  • WHS requirements
  • Identify operational hazards and control measures
  • Pole saw design, components, servicing and chain sharpening
  • Start-up and shut-down procedures
  • Assessing trees for trimming requirements
  • Trimming requirements

  • 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 be 16 years old or over.

This course is mapped to the national unit of competency FWPCOT3301 Trim trees using a pole saw.

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