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FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees

Information about this course:

This unit describes the outcomes required to trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw and to complete operator maintenance. It applies to situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity.

The unit applies to forestry worker, chainsaw operator, forest harvester, harvesting technician, aboriculture worker.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit in some states & territories at the time of publication, and may differ according to jurisdiction.

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:

  • FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees

Course duration:

  • Full course: 2 days (14 hours) face-to-face training

Pre course study options:

There are no pre course study requirements for this course.

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(FWPCOT2239) 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:

·          safely and efficiently use a chainsaw to complete these activities:

·          trim and cut hardwood or softwood trees

·          delimb trees

·          trim branches

·          trim burls and other small growths

·          use these cutting techniques:

·          bridging cuts

·          swinging cuts

·          side bind cuts

·          boring

·          wedge cut

·          ripping cuts

·          trim and cut trees in these environmental conditions:

·          dry weather condition

·          wet weather condition

·          low and moderate wind speeds

·          complete the following maintenance on a chainsaw:

·          sharpening

·          refuelling

·          inspection, identification and replacement of bar, chain, drive sprockets

·          bar oil checks and top up

·          air filter, check, clean and replacement

·          cleaning of saw body, air intake vents and cooling fans

·          fitting spare chain and tension chain.



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

·          environmental protection measures including:

·          action to limit the impact of noise, wind speed and direction, fallen trees, ground slope, ground hazards and obstacles, general forest lean

·          action to limit the impact to ground growth, canopy, density of trees

·          action to limit the impact on flora, fauna and habitat

·          soil and water protection

·          cleaning plant, tools and equipment

·          disposing of, recycling and reusing timber and other waste

·          key features of these varying environmental conditions and effects on tree cutting and trimming activities:

·          ground growth

·          ground hazards and obstacles

·          ground slope

·          wet and adverse weather conditions

·          wind speed and direction

·          typical tree defects and how they affect tree cutting activities:

·          splits

·          falling damage

·          fire damage

·          insect infestation

·          pipe

·          shake

·          twist

·          knots and resin pockets

·          typical tree stresses and how they affect tree cutting activities

·          tension (fibres being stretched)

·          compression (fibres being squashed)

·          neutral fibres

·          range of chainsaw cutting techniques:

·          bridging cuts

·          swinging cuts

·          side bind cuts

·          delimbing

·          boring

·          wedge cut

·          ripping cuts

·          cutting patterns used to optimise time and recovery of product from trees

·          cutting sequences used to maintain control of cut sections and minimise cutting problems

·          purpose, features, operation and basic non-specialist repair and maintenance: of chainsaws

·          methods for assessing chain condition

·          organisational procedures specific to tree trimming and cutting activities:

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

·          communication reporting lines

·          recording and reporting tree cutting outcomes, equipment faults and maintenance requirements.

(FWPCOT2239) 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
  • Performance Tasks
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios
  • Equipment Fault Log

(FWPCOT2239) Where can I access a copy of the training package?

You can access the training package here