Level 1 Chainsaw Course – Basic

Information about the course:

These units of competency describe 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.

They also describe the outcomes required to trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw,  the outcomes required to assess and manually fall small trees with a low level of complexity and to complete operator maintenance. It applies to situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity.

Basic trees typical to the scope of this unit may include the following characteristics:

  • lean and distribution of the crown weight does not create a complex situation to assess or fell
  • small dimensions relative to local forest size distribution
  • no excessive lean
  • no visible damage or defect
  • species that are not prone to free splitting and adverse reactions during felling
  • single stem or non-complex multi-stems
  • diameter of tree is less than chainsaw bar length
  • grown on terrain and slope that does not add significant complexity to the operation

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.

FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws AND

FWPCOT2239 Trim and cut felled trees AND

FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic)

Target audience:

The units apply to a forestry worker, chainsaw operator, forest harvester, harvesting technician and arboriculture worker. The units also apply to those in a forest, agricultural, local council, emergencies services and other government agency environment.


  • There are no prerequisites required for this course.

Award issued:

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

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

Course duration:

  • Full course: 21 hours face-to-face (3 days)

Pre course study options:

There is no pre course study required for this course.

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