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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 300 323;

Queensland, PNG and other areas in the Asia Pacific region

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Tree Management Australia
Goetz Graf: 0410 653 189;

Northern Territory, Tiwi Islands and other remote areas

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Safety Training Services
Colin Mears: 0427 906199;

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  • FWPCOT2237: Maintain chainsaws – and the superseded unit: FPICOT2237A: Maintain chainsaws*
  • FWPCOT2238: Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw – and the superseded unit: FPICOT2238A: Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw*
  • FWPCOT2239: Trim and cut felled trees – and the superseded unit: FPICOT2239A: Trim and cut felled trees*
  • FWPCOT2236: Fall trees manually (basic) – and the superseded unit: FPICOT2236: Fall trees manually (basic)*
  • FWPFGM3212: Fall trees manually (intermediate) – and the superseded unit: FPIFGM3212: Fall trees manually (intermediate)*
  • FWPFGM3213: Fall trees manually (advanced) – and the superseded unit: FPIFGM3213: Fall trees manually (advanced)*
  • FWPHAR3220: Harvest trees manually (intermediate) – and the superseded unit: FPIHAR3220: Harvest trees manually (intermediate)*
  • FWPHAR3221: Harvest trees manually (advanced) – and the superseded unit: FPIHAR3221: Harvest trees manually (advanced)*
  • AHCARB202A: Fell small trees
  • AHCARB205A: Operate and maintain chainsaws
  • AHCARB304A: Fell trees with advanced techniques

* The ‘FPI’ units were superseded in May 2016 by the ‘FWP’ units, but are still available during the one year teach-out period. In May 2017, the FPI units will be finally withdrawn. Note that the FWP Training Package has designated all FWP units as ‘equivalent’ to their corresponding FPI unit, so there is no need for chainsaw operators to update their accreditations to the FWP versions – other than to satisfy normal refresher training and re-assessment requirements.

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

Workspace Training policy documents:

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