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Chainsaw Operation – hard copy booklets

bookletsTwo booklets are available for chainsaw trainers to use with course participants as learner guides and reference documents. They are printed in an A5 format on quality paper, and are based on the content material in the 2016 Edition of the interactive CD.

Both booklets are in full colour and feature extensive use of photos and line drawings. The text is written in plain English, and is easily accessible to learners with lower than average literacy skills.

Chainsaw Operation – Maintenance and Crosscutting (45 pages) provides background information aligned to the following units of competency:
FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2238: Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
FWPCOT2239: Trim and cut felled trees
AHCMOM213: Operate and maintain chainsaws

To see an excerpt from this booklet, go to: Chainsaw Operation – Maintenance and Crosscutting.

Chainsaw operation – Beginner to Advanced (78 pages) provides all of the information contained in ‘Maintenance and Crosscutting’, plus additional background information aligned to the following units of competency:
FWPCOT2236: Fall trees manually (basic)
FWPFGM3212: Fall trees manually (intermediate)
FWPFGM3213: Fall trees manually (advanced)
AHCPCM203: Fell small trees

To see an excerpt from this booklet, go to: Chainsaw Operation – Beginner to Advanced.

Order

To place an order for these booklets, download the Order form Chainsaw booklets. Prices are shown below. You may fax, post or email the order form back to Workspace Training.

For more information, please contact Kath Ware at kath@workspacetraining.com.au.

No. copies Maintenance and crosscutting
(Price per unit) *
Beginner to advanced
(Price per unit) *
1 $11.00 $16.50
10 $8.80 $13.20
20 $7.70 $11.00
50 $6.60 $9.90
100 $5.50 $8.80

* All prices shown above include GST and postage within Australia. Please contact us for details on other bulk purchase quantities or postage to areas outside of Australia.

You can also order the 2016 Edition of the CD, which contains a Powerpoint slideshow presentation with voice-over, animated graphics and interactive exercises, as well as downloadable assessment instruments for all competencies listed above.

UET20312 Certificate II in ESI (Powerline vegetation control)

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Set out below are the competencies that make up the Certificate II ESI (Powerline vegetation control). To undertake a course, participants must already be employed in the industry, so that they can work ‘under instruction’ while they are practicing their skills, in preparation of the practical demonstration requirements.

For more information on the different levels of training available and costs involved, please contact the relevant person listed on the main Powerline vegetation control page.


Course structure

Core Units (all compulsory)

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  • UEENEEE101A – Apply Occupational Health Safety regulations, codes and practices in the workplace
  • UETTDREL13A – Comply with sustainability, environmental and incidental response policies and procedures
  • UETTDREL14A – Working safely near live electrical apparatus as a non-electrical worker
  • AHCARB205A – Operate and maintain chainsaws
  • UETTDRVC23A – Plan the removal of vegetation up to vegetation exclusion zone near live electrical apparatus
  • UETTDRVC27A - Monitor safety compliance of vegetation control work in an ESI environment

Elective Units – Group A (up to 70 points may be selected out of 120 total elective points)

  • TLILIC2005A – Licence to operate a boom-type elevating work platform (boom length 11 metres or more) (40 points)
  • AHCMOM304A – Operate machinery and equipment (40 points)
  • AHCARB202A – Fell Small Trees (30 points)
  • AHCCHM201A – Apply chemicals under supervision (30 points)
  • AHCARB204A – Undertake standard climbing techniques (20 points)
  • AHCPCM201A – Recognise Plants (40 points)

Elective Units – Group B (at least 50 points must be selected – may include all 120 elective points)

  • UETTDRVC21A – Use climbing techniques to cut vegetation above ground near live electrical apparatus (30 points)
  • UETTDRVC24A – Assess vegetation and recommend control measures in an ESI environment (80 points)
  • UETTDRVC25A – Use elevated platform to cut vegetation above ground level near live electrical apparatus (30 points)
  • UETTDRVC26A – Cut vegetation at ground level near live electrical apparatus (60 points)
  • UETTDRVC31A – Operate specialised equipment at ground level near live electrical apparatus (60 points)
  • UETTDRVC32A – Use specialised plant to cut vegetation above ground level near live electrical apparatus (30 points)
  • UETTDRVC33A – Apply pruning techniques to vegetation control near live electrical apparatus (50 points)
  • UETTDRVC34A - Undertake release and rescue from a tree near live electrical apparatus (20 points)

Other available units commonly included in an ESI training program

  • FPIHAR2206A – Operate a mobile chipper/mulcher
  • UETTDRRF01B – Apply ESI safety rules, codes of practice and procedures for work on or near electrical apparatus
  • UETTDRRF09B – Apply access procedures to work on or near electrical network infrastructure
  • HLTAID003 – Provide first aid
  • HLTAID001 – Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation

Packaging rules

Download PDF UET12 Training Package (Training.gov.au website)

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Powerline vegetation control

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Vegetation control around overhead powerlines is a highly regulated activity. All network operators have strict training requirements for workers engaged in tree trimming around powerlines, and most are now specifying competency accreditations from the Certificate II in ESI (Powerline vegetation control).

We provide training in the full qualification, plus many other units from the UET, AHC and FWP Training Packages that are specified by network operators for authorisation purposes.

We also offer training in the Close Approach Vegetation Control (CAVC) accreditation. This course has now been approved by the NSW Network Operators, and is made available to experienced HV aerial tree trimmers.

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In Victoria, training is delivered by our specialist partner ESI Training and Consulting. Rob McDowell (CEO) is a qualified arborist and has worked in the electrical supply industry for over 30 years.

To organise training or assessment in Victoria, please contact Rob on 0466 441 832 or email rob@esitc.com.au.

 

In all other states and territories throughout Australia, training is delivered by our specialist partner PST, under the direction of Rebecca Savige (CEO) and Ben Sparks (Training Manager).

To organise training or assessment through PST, please contact Ben on: 0417 734 356, or at: ben@powersafetytraining.com.au.

 


To see the course structure for the full qualification, go to:
UET20312 Certificate II in ESI (Powerline vegetation control)

TAE40110 – full qualification and skill sets

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Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

Workspace Training is able to deliver the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at the participants’ workplace, or through a blended delivery of face-to-face training and self-paced workplace assignments.

Where required, the individuals in a group can be given different programs to cover the particular competencies they need. For example, a group may comprise a lead trainer, who will undertake the full qualification, plus several on-the-job trainers who will only complete a ‘skill set’ from within the qualification. The competencies that make up these different options are set out below.


Cost

$1750 per person when part of a group trained on-site (minimum group size: 3 people)

$1250 for distance learning course

$250 for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for holders of the TAA40104 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

$700 for recognition of prior learning (RPL) for holders of the BSZ40198 Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training


TAE 40110: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – full qualification

Core Units (all compulsory)

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  • TAEASS401B – Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402B – Assess competence
  • TAEASS403B – Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL401A – Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning
  • TAEDEL402A – Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace
  • TAEDES401A – Design and develop learning programs
  • TAEDES402A – Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

Elective unit

  • TAELLN411 – Address adult language, literacy and numeracy skills
  • TAEASS301B – Contribute to assessment
  • TAEASS502B – Design and develop assessment tools
  • TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL403A – Coordinate and facilitate distance-based learning
  • TAEDEL404A – Mentor in the workplace
  • TAEDEL501A – Facilitate e-learning
  • BSBCMM401A – Make a presentation

TAE 40110: Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – skill sets

The following skill sets are also available. Prices are subject to negotiation, based on the location of the training, the number of people involved and the competencies chosen.

TAESS00001 Assessor skill set

  • TAEASS401B – Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402B – Assess competence
  • TAEASS403B – Participate in assessment validation

TAESS00003 Enterprise Trainer and Assessor skill set

  • TAEASS401B – Plan assessment activities and processes
  • TAEASS402B – Assess competence
  • TAEASS403B – Participate in assessment validation
  • TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction

TAESS00006 Workplace Supervisor skill set

  • TAEASS301B – Contribute to assessment
  • TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL404A – Mentor in the workplace

TAESS00007 Enterprise trainer – Presenting skill set

  • TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
  • BSBCMM401A – Make a presentation

TAESS00008 Enterprise trainer – Mentoring skill set

  • TAEDEL301A – Provide work skill instruction
  • TAEDEL404A – Mentor in the workplace

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Who needs a chainsaw ticket?

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who needs a chainsaw ticketIf you’re using a chainsaw at work, you need to be able to demonstrate to WorkCover that you’ve been properly trained and formally assessed. This doesn’t just apply to professional chainsaw operators, it also relates to builders, plumbers, yardmen, gardeners, and anyone else who uses a chainsaw on-the-job for a work-related activity.

That’s why it’s important to undertake a nationally accredited course in chainsaw operation and receive a Statement of Attainment showing the competencies you have been accredited in.

But in addition to this training, many chainsaw operators are also required to show that their skills are being kept up-to-date and that they are regularly demonstrating their ability to work safely and efficiently to a recognised assessor.

The best way to do this is to get an accredited ‘Chainsaw ticket’.

 

How long does a chainsaw ticket last?

The industry standard for chainsaw ticket currency is three years. This means that every three years, you need to be re-assessed and re-issued with a chainsaw ticket. The concept of a three year duration has developed over time, and was first implemented by state forestry authorities for their operators. Other industry employers followed suit because it was easy for them to show that they were following ‘industry best practice’ by aligning themselves with a government agency’s policy.

Why should an operator have to be re-assessed periodically?

Some people ask: ‘Why should you have to be re-assessed periodically, considering that an assessment of competency is meant to last forever, and there is no expiry date on the original Statement of Attainment’?

The reason is that as the years elapse, there is no way of proving that you still holds ‘current competency’ unless you are formally re-assessed at regular intervals. It is not unusual for people to complete a course and then not use a saw again for a couple of years or more. Even people who do use a saw regularly can sometimes fall into bad habits if they don’t work alongside other safe operators.

There are various people who like to see documentary proof that a person holds ‘current competency’ in chainsaw operation, including WorkCover inspectors, insurance investigators, principal contractors and new employers.

Does Workspace Training’s issue chainsaw tickets?

Yes we do. All course participants are issued with a Statement of Attainment as well as a chainsaw ticket showing the competencies they have been accredited with. If they choose to renew the chainsaw ticket once it expires, they or their employer simply phone us and organise a re-accreditation session.

Our chainsaw tickets are carried by employees of State Emergency Services, Australian Defence Forces, RAAF, National Parks and Wildlife Service, NSW Fire and Rescue, tree works companies and many local councils.

For more information on chainsaw tickets, please contact David McElvenny (CEO of Workspace Training) or Ray Stone (chainsaw trainer/assessor, and principal of Chainsaw Accreditation and Safety Training). Contact details are on the Contacts page.

Trim and Cut Felled Trees (Level 1 chainsaw operation)

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Duration and objectives

Trim and Cut Felled Trees

This Level 1 course is delivered over three days, comprising one day of theory and two days of hands-on operation.

It provides detailed instruction on how to trim and crosscut felled trees, and deal with typical hazards encountered in a forest or bushland setting. The course also covers basic chainsaw maintenance and sharpening. The second and third day of training are carried out in the forest, where participants are given extensive practical experience in cutting and boring techniques.

 

Topics covered in Level 1 chainsaw operation

  • Outline of the Occupational Health and Safety Act
  • Personal equipment and chainsaw kit
  • Professional attitude and confidence
  • Chainsaw safety features and general safety
  • The cutting attachment
  • Sharpening, tensioning and depth gauge setting
  • The problem of kickback
  • Crosscutting theory and practice
  • Dealing with compression and tension in timber
  • Safe techniques for limbing, swinging and step cuts
  • Safe techniques for boring and ripping cuts
  • Safe techniques for cutting oversized logs
  • Using wedges
  • Environmental care procedures

Competency accreditations

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  • FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws
  • FWPCOT2239: Trim and cut felled trees

Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

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Duration and objectives

Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

This course is generally delivered over one day, subject to variation depending on the site requirements.

It provides operators with basic instruction in how to use a chainsaw safely and carry out simple maintenance procedures. The course is designed for people who need to crosscut timber products or small-diameter logs under controlled conditions, such as in a timber yard or manufacturing plant, or at home cutting firewood to length.

Note that people who use a chainsaw to clear windblown trees or crosscut logs in a forest environment should do the course: Trim and cut felled trees.

Topics covered

  • Chainsaw hazards
  • Outline of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the operator’s ‘duty of care’
  • Personal protective equipment and chainsaw kit
  • Maintaining a professional attitude
  • Chainsaw safety features and general safety
  • The cutting attachment
  • Basic sharpening theory and daily maintenance (optional)
  • The problem of kickback
  • Crosscutting principles and safe work practices

Competency accreditations

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  • FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws (optional)
  • FWPCOT2238: Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

Chainsaw Training

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Chainsaw Training

Workspace Training offers the full range of nationally recognised chainsaw competencies, including maintenance, cross-cutting, and tree falling at basic, intermediate and advanced levels.

The training and assessment is carried out by our specialist trainers, who own their own chainsaw training businesses and auspice to us as the RTO.

All of our trainers are recognised industry experts. Our clients include National Parks and Wildlife Service, Fire Brigade, Defence Forces, State Emergency Services, local councils, botanic gardens, RAAF, tree work contractors, 4WD clubs and private individuals.

Interactive CDs

We have produced an interactive CD for learners undertaking chainsaw training. The topics covered range from chainsaw maintenance through to advanced tree falling. For more information, go to Chainsaw operation – beginner to advanced.

Our training partners

Below are our chainsaw training partners, listed according to the regions they most frequently work in. However, they all travel extensively, and collectively deliver training throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

Chainsaw Accreditation and Safety Training
Ray Stone: 0429 300323
chainsawtraining@bigpond.com
NSW
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Colin Mears: 0427 906199
colmears@hotmail.com
NT, Tiwi Islands and other remote areas

 

Standard chainsaw courses

Click on the links below to see the duration and topics covered in these standard courses:

Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw

Trim and cut felled trees (Level 1chainsaw operation)

Basic and intermediate tree falling (Level 2 chainsaw operation)

Advanced tree falling (Level 3 chainsaw operation)


Chainsaw competencies offered

  • FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws
  • FWPCOT2238: Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
  • FWPCOT2239: Trim and cut felled trees
  • FWPCOT2236: Fall trees manually (basic)
  • FWPFGM3212: Fall trees manually (intermediate)
  • FWPFGM3213: Fall trees manually (advanced)
  • FWPHAR3220: Harvest trees manually (intermediate)
  • FWPHAR3221: Harvest trees manually (advanced)
  • AHCPCM203: Fell small trees
  • AHCMOM213: Operate and maintain chainsaws

Issue of chainsaw tickets

All participants who are assessed as competent will receive a Statement of Attainment showing the competencies they have been accredited in as well as a chainsaw ticket. For more information on the purpose of a chainsaw ticket, please click on the link below.

Who needs a chainsaw ticket?

Picture below: Ray Stone (left) instructs a learner in how to line up a scarf cut.

Ray Stone is training a tree faller


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Training and assessment – overview

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training and assessmentWorkspace Training takes a pragmatic approach to the training and assessment of industry workers. We recognise the fact that not all companies want or need conventional ‘accredited’ training programs, and are sometimes better off with in-house training modules that meet their unique site-specific requirements.

However, we also understand the value of working within the national VET system, particularly when workers require formal qualifications and statements of attainment for verification purposes.

 

We are happy to work at both ends of this spectrum, and also at any point in between, depending on the needs of the company and its workers. The over-riding objective in all of our training programs is to improve the skills and knowledge of workers, not to simply tick compliance boxes or generate records. As such, we have found that an increasing number of companies are asking us to combine ‘non accredited’ fully-customised in-house training programs (covering job-specific work tasks and machines) with ‘nationally accredited’ competency-based training (where qualifications or statements of attainment are issued).

This highly focussed approach to training workers is also reflected in our programs for workplace trainers and assessors. Our trainer/assessor courses are tailored to meet the demands of production and manufacturing workplaces. We know that the best trainers and assessors are often key operators or section supervisors in a workplace, not ‘career trainers’ with generalist educational backgrounds.

Because of this, we have developed Plain English course notes to cover the theoretical knowledge required to become a qualified trainer, and practical assessment activities that allow participants to draw on their industry skills and on-the-job experience as expert operators. The result is a course that enables participants to develop their own training materials and assessment instruments as they go, and trial them in their own workplace with fellow employees.

For details on the competencies that make up the full qualification and skill sets, and the prices that apply to particular options, go to: TAE40110 – full qualification and skill sets.

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