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Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Basic Tree Felling

  • TAFE NSW code: 900-5292V01-20KEM-249

Location – Kempsey

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date


Study Commitment

15 Hours per week


2 Weeks

  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • Fully Subsidised Course

Course Details

This specialist Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Basic Tree Felling will help you master the art of safely felling, trimming and cross cutting basic trees with a chainsaw. With an emphasis on safety, you will be equipped with the knowledge to undertake both harvesting and non-commercial operations.


Through theory and practical course-work, you will learn:

  • Work safely while felling appropriate basic trees, then trimming and cross cutting felled trees or logs
  • Correctly identify unsafe situations
  • Apply appropriate cuts to logs for a pre-determined outcome
  • Maintain chainsaws and chains in good working condition


Develop the personal qualities and skills you need to get ahead in this field, including:

  • Time management skills
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility and openness to working in changing environments
  • A safety-first attitude
  • Effective communication skills


Completing this course will equip you with:

  • A Statement of Attainment qualification
  • Specialist skills that will keep you safe on the job


Add to your skill set by studying:

  • Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Trim and Cut
  • An additional Operate a Pole Saw unit to meet the growing demand for qualified pole saw operators


The skills required to conduct safe chainsaw operations have become very important due to the increased focus on public land safety, as dead or burnt trees become more common.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible for this course, you should:

  • Complete a recognised First Aid Certificate that complies with industry requirements (i.e. Forestry Corporation of NSW, WorkCover) given the extremely dangerous nature of chainsaw operations
  • Have a high level of physical fitness and manual dexterity


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you have:

  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • Knowledge of First Aid
  • Spatial awareness
  • Manual dexterity


There are no occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements that apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

However, employers should have a workplace safety management plan that describes reaccreditation requirements (normally three years) wherever chainsaws are used.


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Due to current COVID-19 requirements you will be required to complete a Student Declaration and Risk Assessment whilst cooperating within the required social distancing and hygience requirements prior to Face to Face class.


This is a part-time day, face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 9 hours of class, over 2 days. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 6 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including pre-reading, chainsaw learner guide.

Upon enrolment, you will be posted a Learner Guide and you are required to complete the prereading and revision exercises within the Workbook.
Attendance Day 1- Face to Face Training at TAFE NSW Kempsey Campus - 8.30 - 4.30 pm.
Attendance Day 2 - Face to Face Training and Practical Assessment TAFE NSW Kempsey Campus - 8.30 - 4.30 pm.
Additional Learner support will be available between Day 1 & Day 2, via E Facilitated Learning . Your Trainer will discuss this option at the commencement of your course.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Want to learn about the entire range of knowledge and skills to safely and efficiently operate chainsaws including, WHS policies and procedures, covering risk identification and emergency procedures that could reasonably be expected to occur across a broad range of job roles across different work settings, including a forest environment, agricultural, horticultural, land management, domestic, local council and emergency services. Chain and engine maintenance, including sharpening, techniques, completing daily and periodic routine and service requirements. Operational techniques including, trimming and cutting felled trees and preparation of materials to cut with a hand-held chainsaw.
    Participants also cover the critical aspects to assess and manually fall small trees with a low level of complexity and risk.


  • Additional Educational and Learner support will be provided, If you don't have the required literacy and numeracy skills. Please discuss your needs with a TAFE NSW staff member.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

Students will be provided with a course schedule when details are confirmed.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is fully government-subsidised for eligible students, meaning you will not have to pay any course fees. It is part of a program to help people develop the skills they need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new job.

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you can still choose to enrol in the course but will need to pay the full (non-subsidised) fee.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for Smart and Skilled funding if you:

are aged 15 years or older,
have left school,
live or work in NSW,
are an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Thank you for your interest in this course. To request further information click on Enquire Now. You can also contact TAFE NSW on 131 601 to speak with one of our friendly Customer Service Consultants.

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Core Units
Number Title
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

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Chainsaw operator, tree feller.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

Course Location

58 Sea Street, West Kempsey
Phone 131 601

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