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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

Nationally Recognised Training logo

  • 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

Nationally Recognised Training logo

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

Basic and Intermediate Tree Falling (Level 2 chainsaw operation)

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Duration and objectives

Basic Intermediate Tree Falling

This Level 2 course is delivered over three days. However, participants should already be competent in trimming and crosscutting felled trees and basic chainsaw maintenance. Where all of the units are delivered together in a single block of training, the duration will depend on the participant's level of skill and experience.

At the end of the course, participants will be accredited in the competencies they achieve. Those participants who are able to demonstrate aptitude and tree falling skills beyond the 'basic' level will be offered an assessment of competency at the 'intermediate' level.

Topic Covered in Level 2 chainsaw operation

Plus:

Basic Tree Falling

  • Assessing a tree and planning the falling procedure
  • Preparing an escape route
  • Cutting the scarf
  • Cutting the back-cut
  • Using wedges

Intermediate tree falling

All of the Basic Tree Falling, plus:

  • Correct use of multiple wedges
  • Correct use of multiple back cuts

Competency accreditations

Nationally Recognised Training

  • FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws
  • FWPCOT2239: Trim and cut felled trees
  • FWPCOT2236: Fall trees manually (basic)
  • FWPFGM3212: Fall trees manually (intermediate)

Also available are:

  • FWPHAR3220: Harvest trees manually (intermediate)

Advanced Tree Falling (Level 3 chainsaw operation)

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Duration and objectives

Advanced Tree Falling

The duration of this Level 3 course is dependent on the participant's level of aptitude and experience. Note that participants should already be competent and experienced tree fallers at the intermediate level.

The objective of this course is to hone the specialist skills of the tree faller to enable them to handle problem trees safely and with expert judgement.

Topics Covered in Level 3 chainsaw operation

  • Advanced boring techniques
  • Assessing hazardous trees
  • Advanced falling techniques for problem trees, including trees that are:

- dead

- forward leaning

- side leaning

- hollow

- burnt out

- co-domminant stemmed

- diameter of more than twice the length of the cutting bar

Competency Accreditations

Nationally recognised training

  • FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws
  • 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)

Also available are:

  • FWPHAR3220: Harvest trees manually (intermediate)
  • FWPHAR3221: Harvest trees manually (advanced)