Safely Operate, Maintain and Sharpen a Chainsaw

Training Delivery and Purpose:

Training and assessments conducted by chainsaw guru, Peter Tutt, (Chainsaw specialist and qualified chainsaw technician with over 30 years of chainsaw direct industry technical and training experience) to provide participants with:
The knowledge and skills to safely and effectively operate and maintain (including sharpening) chainsaws as per Australian Standard: AS 2727 - 1997 and

AQF Units of Competency:
AHCMOM213 Operate and Maintain Chainsaws
(Replaces AHCARB205A) (Ref: Western Power Vegetation Control Manual)
FWPCOT2238 Cut Materials With a Hand Held Chainsaw (Replaces FPICOT2238A)

Note: Other units also available (Please contact for details)
FWPCOT2237 Maintain a Chainsaw (Replaces FPICOT2237A)
FWPCOT2239 Trim and Cut Felled Trees (Replaces FPICOT2239A)
FWPCOT3238 Operate a Pole Saw (Replaces FPICOT3238B)

Recognition of Training

Option 1: Full (Initial) Course: A nationally recognised, Statement of Attainment (and wallet VOC card) to AHCMOM213 & FWPCOT2238 will be issued (by Equip-Safe RTO # 0846) to applicants who meet the requirements.

Option 2: Refresher Course: Verification or Certificate of Competency (VOC or COC) For those who already hold AQF Chainsaw Competency or just want to learn more about chainsaw use and maintenance


Your Site or Ours:
Courses can be conducted either on site at client's premises (groups of 4 or more) or at our venue at our site at 24 Cohn St Carlisle every Friday (for one or more participants).

Site course requirements: For on-site courses, appropriate venues for theory, maintenance and practical sessions (and sufficient wood for practical session) will need to be provided.

Weekly Chainsaw Training Courses!

In addition to our custom, on site training, A Plus Training Solutions conducts a regular chainsaw course most Fridays at our central location in Carlisle to enable great access for all participants.


  • 1 day for most participants.

  • Some participants, due to a variety of factors, may require more time to develop the knowledge & skills required to demonstrate competency.
Content Summary
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Identify assess and manage safety and environmental hazards
  • Perform required maintenance
  • Maintain & Tension chain
  • Safe handling
  • Correct starting hot and cold
  • Tensions and compressions in timber
  • Cutting techniques
  • Practical application and skills development

Course Costs:

Option1: Full (Initial) Course: Includes issue of nationally recognised Statement of Attainment
$275 (GST Free) per participant - Book 1 - 3 Pax: Weekly Course at Our Site (Carlisle) only
$260 (GST Free) per participant - Book 4 - 5 Pax: Your site or ours
Contact us for a quote for larger groups

Option 2: Refresher Course: Issue of Verification or Certificate of Competency (VOC or COC). For those who already hold AQF Chainsaw Competency or just want to learn more about chainsaw use and maintenance from an expert
$230 (GST Free) per participant - Book 1 - 3 Pax: Weekly Course at Our Site (Carlisle) only
$220 (GST Free) per participant - Book 4 - 5 Pax: Your site or ours
Contact us for a quote for larger groups

CTF Rebate:

If you use chainsaws within the building and construction industry, you may be eligible to claim CTF rebate (70% rebate) on this course. Contact us to discuss this

Course Clustering

This course may be clustered with one or more of our other related courses such as Tree Felling, Pole Saw, Tree Pruning and /or Mobile Chipper. Course duration and costs will need to be negotiated.

Country Clients

Where we need to travel for a course, travel and accommodation costs will need to be negotiated.


Supervised written and/or verbal and practical assessment.


Participants will need to wear their own protective boots and hi-vis shirt. All other required equipment and training notes are provided for participant's use.

In order to increase training relevance and operator comfort, trainees are encouraged to use any or all their own equipment if practicable.

This includes:

  • Chainsaw, tools, wedges, fuel and oil
  • Safety equipment
  • - Hard hat
  • - Approved eye protection
  • - Hearing protection (ear plugs or ear muffs)
  • - Safety boots and over-socks (recommended)
  • - Cut resistant trousers or chaps
  • - Work gloves (optional)
  • - Sunscreen
  • - High visibility clothing for forest if applicable

What We Provide (for participant's use during course):

  • Chainsaw (1 per person)
  • Fuel & Bar Oil
  • Chainsaw chaps (Cut Resistant) (1 pair per person)
  • Hard hat with earmuffs and visor (1 set per person)
  • Maintenance and sharpening tools and equipment
  • 42 page Chainsaw Training Manual (Invaluable! yours to keep)

Personal Requirements:

Depending on location of the training, and availability of take away food outlets, it is advisable for trainees to bring a packed lunch and plenty of drinking water to each training day.

Demonstration of Competence:

From experience, we find that people have different levels of ability and experience when it comes to handling chainsaws. If a person, due to a lack of experience, requires more time to develop their skills, a second day of practical application may be needed increase their skills up to a competent level.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL):

Recognition of Prior Learning is allowed within the Australian Qualifications Framework: A Plus Training Solutions will recognise the fact if you have had experience operating and performing maintenance on a chainsaw, or other relevant industry experience. Participants will still need to do the full assessment, but may be precluded from areas of the training where you are already operating within the requirements of the guidelines.

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Perth, Western Australia

Contact Details:

0403 782 013

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Training Director:
Peter Tutt

ATTA logo Member:
Australian Timber Trainer's Association

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