POLE SAW & TREE PRUNING TRAINING (Operate A Pole Saw, Prune Small Trees)

Training Delivery:

Training and assessments conducted by A Plus Training Solutions, holder of Certificate IV Training and Assessment (TAE40110 & TAA40104) for assessment against:

Australian Standard:

  • AS2727 - 1997 Chainsaws - Guide to safe working practices
  • AS4373 - 2007 Pruning amenity trees
AQF Units of Competency:
FWPCOT3238 Operate Pole Saw (replaces FPICOT3238B)
AHCPGD203 Prune Shrubs and Small Trees (replaces AHCPGD203A)


Provide participants with:

1. The knowledge and skill to operate a pole saw safely, perform maintenance tasks correctly and apply recommended cutting techniques as per AS2727 - 1997 Chainsaws - Guide to safe working practices, and AS4373 - 2007 Pruning amenity trees .

2. Ability to achieve AQF Units of Competency:
FWPCOT3238 Operate Pole Saw (replaces FPICOT3238B)
AHCPGD203 Prune Shrubs and Small Trees (replaces AHCPGD203A)

Recognition of Training

Statement of Attainment FWPCOT3238 Operate Pole Saw & AHCPGD203 Prune Shrubs and Small Trees will be issued (by Equip-Safe, RTO # 0846) to applicants who meet the criteria required from the Training Package.


Courses will where practicable be conducted on client's premises or at our premises. Sufficient wood and trees will be needed for each operator to use a full tank of fuel in the pole saw. If sufficient wood or venue is not available, a venue and practical activity site may be organised at additional cost.

Regular Pole Saw and Tree Pruning Training Courses!

In addition to our custom, on site training, A Plus Training Solutions conducts regular Pole Saw and or Tree Pruning Course at our location in Carlisle. See Training Calendar.


RPL Recognition of Prior Learning: A Plus Training Solutions will recognise the fact if you have had experience operating and performing maintenance on a pole saw and pruning small trees, 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.

  • 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.

Course Fees:

The courses will be run in small groups of 4 to 10 participants at a cost of:

$350.00 (GST Free) per head: 1 day course.

Individuals or smaller groups should contact us, as we may be able to fit you into a larger group. Otherwise fees will be negotiated.

A surcharge may apply for work on weekends or public holidays

Country Clients

Travel and accommodation costs may need to be added where applicable.

Content Summary

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Identify Assess and manage hazards
  • Conduct required maintenance
  • Safe handling
  • Cutting techniques
  • Tree biology (CODIT)
  • Pruning assessment
  • Consequences of poor pruning
  • Pruning tool selection
  • How to prune correctly
  • Tool hygiene and maintenance
  • Safe handling of tools
  • Practical application and skills development


Supervised written and/or verbal and practical assessment.


Participants will need to wear their own protective boots, gloves and hi-vis clothing. 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:

  • Secateurs, Loppers, Hand Saws, Pole saw, tools, 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 (optional)
  • - Work gloves (optional)
  • - Sunscreen
  • - High visibility clothing

Demonstration of Competence:

From experience, we find that people have different levels of ability and experience when it comes to handling machinery. Some participants, may require more time to develop their skills to a competent level.

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.

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Perth, Western Australia

Contact Details:

0403 782 013

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Training Director:
Peter Tutt

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Australian Timber Trainer's Association

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