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The training in this course will cover the skills and knowledge required by chainsaw operators in a non-production environment, including forest, rural and community environments, to assess, plan and safely carry out manual tree-felling operations using a chainsaw. It covers the felling procedures for trees with a level of complexity that requires significant tree assessment and practical felling skills. Persons competent with these skills should be able to effectively fell most trees except very large trees, and/or those with significant defects and/or characteristics that cause excessive complexity, specifically, trees that have a diameter greater than the bar length of the chainsaw.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit in some states & territories at the time of publication and may differ according to jurisdiction.

Units Delivered

The following units will be included in your certificate:

FWPFGM3212 - Fall trees manually (intermediate)

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.

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

Participants must have the physical capacity to use a chainsaw whilst wearing the appropriate PPE to fell intermediate level trees with the following characteristics:

  • lean and weight distribution, which can be assessed and readily adapted to falling direction with the use of wedges and/or control with hinge-wood
  • various dimensions relative to local forest size distribution
  • limited visible damage or defect
  • species prone to free splitting and adverse reactions during felling
  • single or multi-stems
  • diameter of tree greater than chainsaw bar length
  • grown on terrain and slope that can add complexity to the operation

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
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Tools and equipment
  • Chainsaw and components
  • Communication techniques
  • Preparation for tree felling scenario

Practical scenario:

  • Assess, plan and carry out tree-felling operations appropriate to conditions for 3 different trees


  • Completion of a risk assessment table for a list of typical hazards
  • Completion of a fault log for 1 item of equipment

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