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Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Basic Tree Felling

  • TAFE NSW code: 900-5292V01-21TUM-074

Location – Tumut

Study Type

Part Time Day

Course Start Date

10 Aug 2021

Study Commitment

28 Hours per week


3 Days

  • Non Government Subsidised

Course Details

The Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Basic Tree Felling teaches you to safely fell, trim and cross cut basic trees with a chainsaw. Take your skills to into industries such as arbory, fieldwork, and emergency services.

This is a fully government subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through a mix of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Fell basic trees
  • Trim and cross cut felled trees or logs
  • Apply appropriate cuts to logs for a pre-determined outcome
  • Maintain chainsaws and chains in good working condition
  • Prioritise safety


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Time management
  • Reliability
  • Flexibility and openness to work in changing outdoor environments
  • A commitment to safety
  • Effective communication skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment
  • A strong pathway towards further study in agriculture
  • Credit toward a full qualification


Take your career further with the:

  • Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Intermediate Free Felling
  • Statement of Attainment in Chainsaw Operations - Advanced Tree Felling

Career opportunities:

Graduates who complete a full qualification in agriculture go on to roles including:

  • Arborist
  • Vegetation control worker (powerlines)
  • Local government field worker
  • Roads and national parks field worker
  • Conservation and land management field worker


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 across the state.

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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 entry requirements for this Statement of Attainment course. You can enrol now.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Intermediate level fitness to manage physical demands of climbing trees and lifting heavy chainsaws
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • A current First Aid Certificate or knowledge of first aid
  • Strong spatial awareness for chainsaw placement and to avoid falling trees
  • Manual dexterity to lift, carry and use chainsaws

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.


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.

Students are required to provide and bring to each session appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) which may include:
safety glasses, gloves, safety footwear, suitable clothing such as cotton drill work wear and other equipment (e.g. ear protection or respiratory masks) in line with industry requirements for their workplace or worksite.

Discover the skills you need for the job you want at the TAFE NSW Information Sessions, 21-25 June 2021.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course


This is a part time face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 28 hours of class, over 3 days.

You may also be required to complete approximately 6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours.

First day of delivery will be the theoretical component of the course at the Tumut Campus CG05, and the second and third day will be practical activities at a site to be advised by the teacher. Travel may be up to one hour to practical sites.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • Want to work in the forest and forest products industry.


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

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • 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

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8.00am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
FWPCOT2238 Cut materials with a hand-held chainsaw
FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic)
FWPCOR2205 Follow WHS policies and procedures
FWPCOT2237 Maintain chainsaws
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.

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Course Location

Capper & Howick Streets, Tumut
Phone 131 601

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