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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.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

FWPCOT2239 - Trim and cut felled trees

Course Delivery

This course can be delivered/assessed in the workplace or at facility organised by the training provider.

Course Durations

Course durations can vary for multiple reasons, so the durations below are the minimum possible amount.

Refresher Face to Face contact time of at least 7 Hours
Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 14 Hours

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.

This certificate does not require renewal

Please note that enrolment to this course is made with Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909. Please refer to the student handbook located on the RTO website ( for all details relating to rights and responsibilities including complaints and appeals.

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.

This course is delivered and assessed on behalf of Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909