Duration: 2 Days (16hr) or 3 Day (24hr)
Setting: Your Facility, hands-on
Price: Request Training
Resources: Course material and workbooks
Certification: Woodland Trainers Association Trainers

Level 2: Basic

The course will consist of a combination of basic and intermediate training, lecture, demonstration and practical. The majority of the course will be hands-on training at your facility or chosen location.

Basic Operation: Parts of a chainsaw, safe handling, starting and stopping, bar and chain oil, fueling, potential dangers, safety features personal protective equipment (PPE)

Maintenance: chainsaw maintenance, chain & bar, carburetor

Safety Considerations: OH&S regulations, emergency response plan, communications,  physical condition,  insect bites, equipment, fire prevention, wildlife encounters

Basic Limbing and Bucking: Work safely, compression and tension,  limbing techniques, bucking techniques

Level 3: Intermediate

Basic Falling: falling terminology, falling tools, falling a tree, notch and backcuts, types of notches

Special Situations: Spring poles, bowed trees, uprooted trees, broken trees, leaners, burned tree, oversized trees, sit backs, tied trees, hangers , snags, jackpots, slashing brush piles, working on steep or uneven ground, heavy equipment, power lines, roads and trails, helicopters

Course Outline

The Woodland Trainers Association (WTA) in co-operation with chainsaw and other manufacturers, vegetation management companies and several exploration companies has developed this program in response to needs identified by government agencies and industry associations. The Department of Labour – Occupational Health and Safety Division, Alberta Forest Products Association, Parks Canada, private and public agencies, and equipment suppliers and trainers contributed to the development and evolution of the program. Our objective is to develop proficient chainsaw operators who demonstrate a positive attitude toward safety, environmental stewardship, and professional care and diligence in their work. The program emphasizes instructional excellence, high standards of proficiency, safe work practices, modern and well-maintained equipment, personal fitness and, above all, adherence to local Occupational Health and Safety Acts and Regulations pertaining to the chainsaw professions.

The purpose of these courses is to increase and improve your knowledge and skills. Proper training is essential to ensure safety and improve productivity. Many serious injuries and fatalities have occurred since the inception of the chainsaw. With continuous proper training, supervision and saw-maintenance, there should be an elimination of  these incidents. After you complete these courses, you will have the skills and knowledge to develop safe work habits, thereby greatly reducing the risks associated with chainsaw operations.

Course Goals

1. Identifying and complying with local Occupational Health and Safety regulations.

2. Assessing hazards.

3. Responding to emergencies.

4. Maintaining your chainsaw and tools.

5.  Knowing your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

6. Handle the Chainsaw safely.

Assessment Consists Of

  • Quiz

  • Scored cuts on a bolt

  • Field assessment for bucking & limbing for skill and safety