Ground Based Chainsaw Operator

What Will Be Covered?

This is the combined course covering chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and felling trees up to 380mm in diameter.

Your instructor will explain risk assessments and the relevant health and safety legislation and regulations surrounding the felling of trees, before moving on to cover safety features of the chainsaw, chain types and maintenance tasks such as chain sharpening, recoil starter, air filter, spark plug, chain brake and guide bar maintenance as well as drive sprockets and clutch systems. You will be completing tension, compression and horizontal and vertical bore cuts, and discussing how to deal with a trapped saw. Felling cuts will be demonstrated, and you will practice, basic felling cuts, 'dogstooth' cuts for trees weighted in the direction of fell, 'split-level' cuts for trees weighted against the direction of fell, and the 'safe corner' cut. Dealing with hung-up trees using hinge reduction and/or hinge removal techniques will also be completed, as will safe branch removal, crosscutting to a site specification and stacking.

Are There Any Pre-Requisites?

This course does have some pre-requisites, which are listed below:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age to undertake the training and assessment.

Industry Guidance

Industry guidance covering chainsaw maintenance, crosscutting and felling is provided by the Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA):

What Can I Progress To?

There are various options open to you, but the two most obvious (ground-based) routes would be:

If you are en-route to become an arborist, then as long as you have either the CS38, or Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue, then you can take:

How Long Is This Course?

The duration of the course is 5 days, with a further day required for the assessment.

Where Is The Course Held?

Many of our courses are based at our workshops at Berkshire College of Agriculture (SL6 6QR); but this course can be delivered across the UK, at your own site, if needed. Please contact us for more details.