Participants must be 16 years or over to attend this course.
Participants must be competent in written and spoken English (Students are required to undertake a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy test prior to commencing the training).
Participants must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI).
Participants are recommended (but not compulsory) to hold a First Aid certificate (minimum of Level 2) if using a chainsaw.
Participants are recommended (but not compulsory) to hold their Construction Induction OHS (White) Card if operating a chainsaw.
Participants are required to wear sensible work clothes and steel capped boots, and dress according to the weather for their training.
Participants are required to bring appropriate sun safety protection.
Participants must be physically capable of operating a chainsaw.
Participants must be able to physically kneel on the ground & get back up again.
Option 1: This course is for participants who would like to use our Chainsaws & equipment & PPE.
Option 2: This course is for participants who would like to use their own Chainsaw, combination tool, petrol, bar oil, 2-stroke oil, spare chain, cleaning gear, 2 x wedges, round file, rags but use our PPE.
Our Chainsaw course topics include:
- Risk Assessment
- Hazard Controls
- First Aid requirements
- Powerhead maintenance
- Firefighting equipment
- Identifying all parts of a chainsaw
- Stripping & assembling a chainsaw
- Air filters
- Spark plugs
- Mixing 2-stroke fuel
- Correct oils to use
- Sharpening chains
- Compression & tension in timber
- Cutting techniques/types (e.g. stress cuts, bore cuts)
- Kickback dangers
- Plan of cuts
- Adjusting chains
- Identifying defects
- Tag Out procedure
- Reporting & recording paperwork
- Workplace policies & procedures
- Environmental policies & procedures
- Waste products
- Communication in the Workplace (e.g. task priorities/jobs)
- Hand tool use (wedges, hammer, files, axes, combination tools)
- Physical demands of operating a chainsaw (e.g. fatigue, heat stress, manual handling)
- Cleaning the chainsaw after use
- Duty of care
All participants are required to study the Chainsaw Operator's Study Guide & complete the Review Questions prior to the course. This puts everyone attending the course on the same base level of knowledge.
Participants are required to complete a written assessment & practical assessment for this Chainsaw course. The written assessment is a CLOSED BOOK assessment. All answers are required to be written in words and in English. They are not all multiple choice.
On successful completion of these assessments, participants will be issued a Statement of Attainment for 2 x nationally recognised units of competency, and a photo ID Operator Qualification Card.
The industry standard for chainsaw ticket currency is 3 years. This means that every 3 years, you need to be re-assessed and re-issued with a chainsaw ticket. This "3 year currency" has been developed over time, implemented first by state forestry authorities for their operators. This became the best industry practice and was adopted by other industry employers.
Please note: These units are accepted if you are wanting to apply for your Forest Operator's Licence, please go to their website https://fols.forestworks.com.au/Public/Public.aspx?id=Home for more details.
Please read our Information Handbook which lists our policies & procedures, student responsibilities, and other general information (e.g. cancellations & refunds, photo ID requirements).
What to bring
All of our courses require participants to provide Photo ID (e.g. Australian Driver's Licence, current passport, KeyPass, Proof of Age Card).
If your photo ID does not have an Australian residential address listed on it, then you will need to bring your photo ID (e.g. non-Australian passport, non-Australian Driver's Licence) and also an official document stating your current Australian residential address e.g. bank account statement (with sensitive information blanked out), rent receipt, utility bill, Centrelink Card, etc.
All Skills Services will take a copy of your photo ID and any other licences/cards that you bring to the course as part of our compliance requirements.
Participants are recommended to bring their First Aid certificate, if they have one.
Participants are recommended to bring their Construction Induction OHS (White Card), if they have one.
Participants are required to bring their Chainsaw Operator's Study Guide & completed Review Questions.
Participants who have chosen OPTION 2, are required to bring their own Chainsaw, their Operator's Manual for their Chainsaw, combination tool, petrol, bar oil, 2-stroke oil, spare chain, cleaning gear, 2 x wedges, round file, & rags.
"I really enjoyed this course and I learnt a lot of things that I didn't know."
V. Cachia (Snr), (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"I have used a chainsaw for 30 years and I learnt things I did not know."
R. Pocock, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"All Skills always make the courses enjoyable and take the stress out of it. So easy to approach with questions and troubles."
D. Jorgen, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"I have had 18 years in the tree industry, but have found this course very informative, with a lot of new techniques introduced to me. It was well presented and professional."
M. Woodland, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"Excellent 3 days of thorough training covering all aspects of chainsaw use & maintenance (and safety). Fantastic job, (All Skills)."
D. Nugara, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"(The All Skills team) were fantastic. Loved the training."
J. Karakolevski, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"Very knowledgeable course. Learnt a lot."
A. Hawking, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"I found the course very rewarding. The guys run a tight but fair course. Was heaps of knowledge and I would highly recommend it."
B. Angwin, (City of Whittlesea), 2019
"I found the staff, facilities & learning at All Skills, great, and I now have much more confidence in my chainsaw abilities & safe working."
R. Thiele, (V/Line Corporation), 2019
"Great course. Great resources. (The trainer) really knew about chainsaws & how to use them. Would recommend to anyone wanting to do this course. (The trainer) is a great bloke."
L. Justin, (V/Line Corporation), 2019
"(The trainer) was a great, passionate trainer to learn from. I really enjoyed the course."
T. Picos, (V/Line Corporation), 2019
"Very useful as majority of work was hands-on and is helpful for all aspects of learning."
C. Tasker, (V/Line Corporation), 2019
"Very informative and learnt safety items about using a saw that I was unaware of to prevent serious injury to myself and others."
W. Feeney, (V/Line Corporation), 2019
"I found the course exceeded by expectations. The trainer had a great delivery style and was highly technically competent. I learned everything I needed to know and I am now much more confident with my correct maintenance and use of a chainsaw. I highly enjoyed the training."
M. Brown, (Wood4Good Pty Ltd), 2019
"This was an excellent experience from go to wo. I didn't expect a training experience to be thoroughly enjoyable. Highly recommended."
B. Boxshall, (Wood4Good Pty Ltd), 2019
"Great course, I learnt heaps. Thanks (All Skills)."
J. Sterley, (Kyneton Bushland Resort), 2019
"Great training facility and excellent course delivery. Highly recommended."
D. Brown, (Munchit TreeWorx Pty Ltd), 2018
"Good service and very informative."
L. Cox, (Just Trees Central Victoria Pty Ltd), 2018
"Very informative. Great teacher/very knowledgeable. Great practical assessments, very realistic. Very thorough in chainsaw maintenance. Was great to cut & trim timber off site. Would recommend this course/instructor to anyone."
B. McGrath, (Kyneton Bushland Resort), 2018
"The course was very good. Had lots of useful information. (The trainer) was very hands on and helpful. (The Admin Manager) was very helpful as well with guiding us on information."
J. McConaghie, 2018
"Good course. Knowledgable instructor. Learnt a lot."
C. Avery, 2017
"Gained some real knowledge. Course enjoyable. All staff friendly and easy to understand. Learnt a lot."
S. Belôt, 2017
"Great course & learned good knowledge."
D. Buckingham, 2017
"All Skills Services has been an exceptionally professional, thorough & friendly organisation to do my chainsaw course with. I am confident to continue developing my skills personally after receiving a very high standard of training off (the trainer). The emphasis on safety & risk assessment was excellent."
A. Carlin, 2016
"Course content and delivery was excellent and exceeded expectations".
S. William, 2016
"Consistent clear delivery of theory, backed up by capable & considerate instruction with lots of great hands-on practice in the field. All those who participated in the course improved their skills, level of safety and efficiency. Overall, a valuable two days."
S. Gamble, (Lake Mountain Alpine Resort), 2015
"Great course - informative, excellent explanations of techniques + safety. Great care factor."
M. Neal, (Lake Mountain Alpine Resort), 2015
"Nice course with good amount of hands-on work."
A. Eason, (Lake Mountain Alpine Resort), 2015
"Received more information than what I thought would be covered. More enjoyment than learning."
D. Fisher, (B & D Builders Pty Ltd), 2015
"Very good (Chainsaw) training. The instructor makes everything clear and understandable."
G. Turner, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2015
"Small class size made it so much easier to learn (Chainsaw) because the trainer was so available & not too busy with others. The location felt appropriate & wasn't hard to find."
M. Drenen, 2015
"(The trainer) is a very, very passionate man who runs an extremely challenging (Chainsaw) course!. However, unlike other courses offered, I feel well prepared and confident with the chainsaw skills I have
acquired. (The trainer) is an excellent role model and a man who loves helping people. I am extremely impressed and would recommend All Skills Services to anyone."
H. Hatcher, 2014
"As I have some industry experience, I was not sure how good the course would be, however every day was excellent and I how feel much more confident using a chainsaw."
B. Hughes, 2014
"Great (Chainsaw) course. Instructor was easy to approach & helpful."
D. Reynolds, (Accolade Wines), 2014
"Excellent (Chainsaw) training. Gained a lot from it."
B. Freedman, (Accolade Wines), 2014
"Awesome (Chainsaw) course. Would definitely recommend."
J. Hatch, (Accolade Wines), 2014
"To any person or persons out there who wants a great instructor & great class with a professional attitude & attention to detail, do this (Chainsaw) course! Absolutely outstanding! If not the best comprehensive course I've ever done!"
S. Prowd, (Accolade Wines), 2014
"I feel much more confident in handling & maintaining a chainsaw. The course format & information given was very relevant to our workplace."
B. Kilner, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2014
"Gained a lot of skills that will be helpful for work and at home. (Chainsaw Course)."
W. McLennan, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2014
"The (Chainsaw) course overall exceeded my expectations. I learnt a lot of information which will benefit my
job. I would like to hope this course could be an option for all employees willing to participate."
D. Dicker, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2014
"Recommend this course to everyone, learnt a lot, very professionally organised and ran. Great (Chainsaw) course. Thanks!"
S. Hay, (V/Line Pty Ltd), 2014
"(The Trainer was) very thorough & honest in feedback and constructive examples. Gained good insight and new techniques to improve old habits (Chainsaw Course)."
G. Smith (Ford Motor Company of Australia), 2014
"Overall the (Chainsaw) course was good, well delivered and the knowledge of the instructor was excellent. Great fun had by all!"
D. Floyd, (V/Line) 2013
"My Chainsaw training course with (All Skills Services) was excellent. I would recommend for other companies to use them. Very informative."
R. Nunn, (V/Line) 2013
"The reception staff were great, really enthusiastic and committed to helping and making sure you had an understanding of what was happening before the (Chainsaw) course. The trainer is really passionate
about what he is teaching and that you understand what you are taught. Highly recommend!"
D. Hutchison, (Ramada Resort Phillip Island) 2013
"I really enjoyed the course. The venue and instructor were spot on for what I wanted to achieve. Now feel competent in having the skills and knowledge to safely operate a chainsaw!"
D. Sinden, (Ramada Resort Phillip Island) 2013
"I have acquired competency thanks to some very thorough and professional (Chainsaw) training!"
J. Rickards, (Jenny Rickards Sculptor) 2013
"One of the best training days we had at V/Line to date. Picked up a lot on chainsaws."
F. Dillon, (V/Line Pty Ltd) 2013
"This course was far better than another chainsaw course I attended and greatly exceeded my expectations."
N. McConnell, (V/Line Pty Ltd) 2013
"The (Chainsaw) course was run at a very high degree with both practical and theory. The instructor was very forthcoming with a wealth of knowledge and very enthusiastic about the course. He made sure everybody
was confident with the tasks before setting new ones. The best thing was that the instructor kept pushing the issue of respecting the chainsaw as it can do some major damage."
B. Tisdale, (V/Line Pty Ltd) 2013
"The (Chainsaw) course was of great benefit to the whole group. Instructions were clear and easy to understand, and the hands-on with the chainsaws was great. A lot of knowledge was learnt with this
course. The workers are now better prepared for their tasks with a chainsaw."
W. Voigt, (V/Line Pty Ltd) 2013
"One of the best courses I have attended . All time at the course was filled in excellently. Learnt new techniques in using and caring for chainsaws. Well run. Practical lessons well run."
G. Jennings, (V/ine Pty Ltd) 2013