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This course set would be beneficial for individuals working within the forest, agricultural, local council, emergencies services and other government agency environment.  (With the exception of minor forest produce, it is not relevant to commercial harvesting operations).

This training will cover the skills and knowledge required by chainsaw operators to prepare for, assess and manually fall the class of basic trees or small trees with a low level of complexity and to safely trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw and complete operator maintenance, including sharpening chains and completing routine and frequently required service requirements as well as periodic servicing. Tree felling techniques will include scarf cutting, back cutting to provide hinge-wood and the use of wedges to assist in controlling falling direction.  Further techniques, such as safely and efficiently using a chainsaw to trim and cut hardwood or softwood trees, delimb trees, trim branches, trim burls and other small growths will also be covered. Participants will also learn to use specific cutting techniques and working in varied weather conditions.

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:

FWPCOT2236 - Fall trees manually (basic)
FWPCOT2237 - Maintain chainsaws
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 20 Hours
Face-to-Face Face to Face contact time of at least 24 Hours

Participants must have:

  • The physical capacity to use a chainsaw whilst wearing the appropriate PPE to fell basic trees 
  • The skills to complete accurate basic records for tree felling process, equipment faults and maintenance requirements, estimate tree dimensions, including height, length, diameter and volume, complete routine calculations and report on size, length, diameter of felled trees 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 and practical scenarios:

  • Maintain chainsaws:
    • Plan and prepare for service/maintenance activities
    • Select tools and equipment
    • Conduct chainsaw maintenance activities
    • Check and sharpen chainsaw chains
    • Clean up and complete maintenance records
  • Trim and cut felled trees:
    • Emergency and Safety equipment
    • PPE
    • Tools and equipment
    • Chainsaw and components
  • Assess, plan and conduct activities for trimming and cutting
  • Fall trees manually (basic):
    • Emergency and Safety equipment
    • PPE
    • Tools and equipment
    • Chainsaw and components
    • Communication techniques
    • Preparation for tree felling scenarios
  • Assess, plan and carry out tree-felling operations appropriate to conditions on three separate occasions


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 short-answer and multiple-choice questions. The student must complete all assessment questions.

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