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FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws

Information about this course:

This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to maintain engine or electrically operated hand-held chainsaws. It includes sharpening chains and completing routine and frequently required service requirements as well as periodic servicing. Work is completed in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, agricultural, workshop, arboretum and horticultural settings.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Target audience:

Those students who are required to use chainsaws in their workplace, eg forest workers, SES


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Award issued:

Students who successfully complete this nationally recognised training will be awarded the statement of attainment:

  • FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws

Course duration:

  • Full course: 1/2 day (4 hours) face-to-face training

Pre course study options:

There are no pre course study requirements for this course.

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(FWPCOT2237) What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?


A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit.  If a specific volume or frequency is not stated below, then evidence must be provided that the following requirements have been performed on at least one occasion:

·          complete these routine and frequently required service requirements on chainsaws in line with manufacturer's instructions:

·          removing, checking and cleaning air filter for damage and penetration of foreign material

·          cleaning saw body, air intake vents and cooling fins

·          cleaning chain brake

·          inspecting chain and guide bar

·          checking screws and nuts for tightness

·          checking safety devices

·          filling fuel tanks and chain oil tanks

·          complete these types of periodic service requirements on chainsaws in line with manufacturer's instructions:

·          replacing drive sprocket

·          cleaning or replacing and setting spark plug

·          checking and replacing fuel filter

·          checking chain brake, oil system, flywheel assembly, anti-vibration system, muffler and spark arrestor

·          inspecting and replacing starter cord and starter spring

·          matching pitches and gauges of cutting components

·          dressing and cleaning cutter bar

·          cleaning fly wheel

·          removing and cleaning exhaust and fire screen

·          complete these activities to check and sharpen chain saw chains in line with manufacturer's instructions:

·          inspecting and adjusting chain

·          inspecting and replacing chain that is worn, damaged or incorrectly sharpened

·          sharpening chain types and setting of depth gauges.



A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

·          types, purpose, features and operation of chainsaws for which repairs are completed

·          features and names of different parts of chainsaws

·          purpose, features and operation of tools and equipment used to repair and maintain chainsaws

·          specifications and types of bars, chains and sprockets

·          differences between frequent and periodic chainsaw maintenance requirements

·          techniques for:

·          removing chains and other chainsaw components

·          assessing chain condition

·          sharpening chains to specified requirements

·          reassembling chainsaw components

·          hazards for maintaining chainsaws and methods to minimise associated risks:

·          loud noise and exhaust fumes

·          mechanical vibration

·          handling hazardous substances

·          cuts and hot surfaces

·          rotating parts

·          organisational procedures specific to repairing and maintaining chainsaws:

·          workplace health and safety with particular emphasis on equipment lock out and use of personal protective equipment

·          communication reporting lines

·          recording and reporting repairs, maintenance activities and equipment faults

·          environmental protection practices for repairing and maintaining chainsaws:

·          cleaning plant, tools and equipment

·          disposing of, recycling and reusing materials

·          disposing of hazardous substances.

(FWPCOT2237) How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Practical Tasks

(FWPCOT2237) Where can I access the training package?

You can access a copy of the training package here