This course is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required by an individual to effectively carry out felling procedures for trees with a level of complexity that requires significant tree assessment and advanced practical felling skills. Individuals completing this course should be able to effectively fell trees of any size, species and condition, including those with significant defects and characteristics that cause excessive felling complexity, that is deemed safe to fell.
Trees typical to the scope of this unit may include the following characteristics:
- lean and weight distribution that adds significant complexity yet can be assessed and adapted to site requirements
- larger dimensions relative to local forest size distribution
- substantial lean
- damage or defect that requires complex felling techniques
- multi-legged, hollow butts, culls and stags
- species prone to free splitting and adverse reactions during felling
- single or complex multi-stems
- diameter of tree greater than the chainsaw bar length
- grown on terrain and slope that can add significant complexity to the operation
The course applies to a non-production environment, including forest, rural and community environments.
The skills in this course are applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand standards and industry codes of practice applies
The following units will be included in your certificate:
Participants must have the physical capability to fell advanced trees manually with a chainsaw and to be able to meet the demands of the practical demonstration skills.
Individuals undertaking this course will be expected to complete both written and practical assessment tasks.
- Visually assess site and surroundings
- Putting site environmental protection measures and the organisational requirements in place
- Following work specifications and instructions
- Identifying and controlling hazards and risks
- Assessing the tree for defects and falling direction
- Planning felling
- Applying tree felling techniques:
- Using communication devices and signals
- Inspecting, using and maintaining safety equipment, tools and PPE
- Selecting and clearing escape routes
- Understanding safe distance zones
- Use a chainsaw to make a range of cuts to fell trees
- Disposing of waste materials considering the environment
Documentation – Completion of a fault report and maintenance log.
Theory assessment – A written assessment consisting of multiple-choice and short answer questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.