Chainsaw Operations - Basic Tree Felling

About the Course

In this course you will undergo competency-based training in the safe use of
chainsaws for cutting timber and felling basic trees. You will learn to use a
chainsaw in a safe and effective way to crosscut, rip, delimb and trim logs
and felled trees and fell trees classified as simple, non-hazardous trees
relative to local timber size and distribution.

You will learn to recognise situations where the use of a chainsaw is
inappropriate and unsafe to your skill level.

NSW Skills List

This qualification is on the NSW Skills List. The NSW Government will subsidise eligible students to undertake this qualification. For more information see Smart and Skilled

Qualification Statement of Attainment
Course Code 563-11100V02
Where can I study?

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.

The completion of a recognised First Aid Certificate that complies with industry
requirements (i.e. Forestry Corporation of NSW, WorkCover) is recommended given
the extremely dangerous nature of chainsaw operations.

Participants must have a higher level of physical fitness and manual dexterity.

Career Opportunities

Chainsaw operator, tree feller.

Study Options

Recognition of Prior Learning

Student Hubs

TAFE Western Connect - Choose how or where you study:

  • Online - Study using TAFE Western's online learning website
  • Workplace - Study at work supported by your supervisor and TAFE Western
  • Blended Learning - Study via a combination of online, workshops, web/video conferencing and mobile training units

On Campus - Study at a TAFE campus

You may have skills, knowledge, previous training or experience which is relevant to this course. If so, you may wish to have this recognised. This may also reduce your training time. For further information, visit Recognition and RPL

Our Student Hubs are a great place to study, relax and find out more about how you can get the most out of your studies.

Where can I study?


  Starts in December

  Full Time

  Blended Learning

Enrolment Code: 563-11100V02-18ORA-011


How will I study?

Contact Fiona Douglas on 02 6841 9724. TAFE provides Chainsaws and PPE for this course. Participants to wear long trousers, long sleeved shirts preferably High Vis, and work boots. This course requires participants to undertake physical work and operate Chainsaws. Prospective students who have a medical condition should consult their Doctor to ensure they are suitable to undertake these activities.

This program includes activities which are to be completed in your own time.

Units of Competency

Code Unit Name
FWPCOR2205 Follow WHS policies and procedures
FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic)
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
FWPCOT2238 Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees

When will I study?

Class attendance is Full Time

Start time 8:00am, Finish time 4.30pm daily for 3 days. Day 1 is delivered in a classroom and workshop, days 2 & 3 are delivered at a practical site in the bush.

Course length: 21 hours per week for 1 Week

Start Date: 11 December 2018
End Date: 21 December 2018

What will I pay?

This is a fully subsidised course for eligible students. Contact us to check your eligibility.

The amount you pay will depend on your individual circumstances.

TAFE NSW Government-subsidised fee (for eligible students): $0 per course - no enrolment fee applicable for this course

Please contact your nearest TAFE Western campus or call us on 1300 823 393 for a personal fee assessment and to find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place. If you do not gain a subsidised place you may be able to enrol and pay the non-government subsidised fee.

A payment must be made towards your course fee (if applicable) at the time you enrol or your place in the class will not be confirmed and you will not be able to access any of your learning resources.

Who can I talk to?

Please contact the TAFE Western Hotline on 131 601