If you are a forestry worker, chainsaw operator, forest harvester, harvesting technician or arboriculture worker, where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity, then this course is right for you.
Participants undertaking this training will develop the skills and knowledge and most importantly the confidence required to safely trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw and complete operator maintenance.
This includes safely and efficiently using a chainsaw to trim and cut hardwood or softwood trees, delimb trees, trim branches, trim burls and other small growths. Participants will also learn to use specific cutting techniques and working in varied weather conditions.
The following units will be included in your certificate:
Participants must have the capacity to undertake the physical requirements of the course, for example be able to use chainsaw to trim and cut trees and complete equipment maintenance.
And have reading and writing skills for routine calculations, reporting on size, length and diameter of cut trees, following instructions and recording in fault logs etc.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
Performance tasks –
Emergency and safety equipment – select, inspect, check, report and maintain
Personal protective equipment – select, inspect, check, report and use
Tools and equipment – select, inspect, check, report and maintain
Chainsaw and components – select, inspect, check, report and maintain:
- sharpening and fitting spare chain and tension chain
- inspection, identification and replacement of bar, chain, drive sprockets
- refuelling, bar oil checks and top up
- air filter, check, clean and replacement
- cleaning of saw body, air intake vents and cooling fans
Practical scenarios –
Assess, plan and conduct activities for trimming and cutting on 3 separate/different trees in varied weather conditions including:
- delimb trees, trim branches, trim burls and other small growths using:
- bridging cuts, swinging cuts, side bind cuts, boring, wedge cut and ripping cuts
Documentation – Completion of an equipment maintenance and fault log, relative to equipment used for practical tasks and scenarios.
Theory assessment – A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.