This course teaches the skills and knowledge required to maintain engine or electrically operated hand-held chainsaws. It includes sharpening chains and completing routine and frequently required service requirements as well as periodic servicing. Work is completed in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, agricultural, workshop, arboretum and horticultural settings. It applies to chainsaw operators.
– Engine or electrically operated hand-held chainsaws
– Tools and equipment used to repair and maintain chainsaws
– Consumable chainsaw parts, oil and fuel
Personal protective equipment suitable for repairing and maintaining chainsaws including:
– Safety boots
– Safety helmet
– Cut resistant leg protection
– First aid kit
– Hearing protection
– High visibility clothing
– Eye protection
– Chain mesh gloves
– Manufacturers’ instructions and recommendations for repair and maintenance of chainsaws
– Template documents for recording repairs, maintenance activities and equipment faults
– Organisational procedures for repairing and maintaining chainsaws
Initial training is intended for students who have no prior training or experience. For example job seekers, school leavers, those wanting a change in career etc.
Students attending a course for the first time can complete the course in 2 ways. Either by undertaking pre-course study – referred to as unsupervised learning, and then attending a trainer led face to face course (mixed mode) or by attending a longer period of training (face to face).
Where the student cohort consists of new entrants or inexperienced workers, we ensure that we give them the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge and to develop skills over time in the different contexts they would experience in the workplace.
This may require a longer time-frame than for those students with significant training/industry experience.
The shorter refresher course may be appropriate for workers or students experienced in the industry or with previous training. This might be those who have been in the industry for some time (e.g. well practiced skills), those who have previously completed this course or similar, and those returning for workplace or industry requirements and to refresh their skills etc.
Meaning the student cohort for a refresher course is comprised of students who have previously attained experience in the required skills/knowledge.
It’s important to identify those students who are confident and are returning for recertification. It’s about recognising their pre-existing knowledge and skills. Therefore, upon enrolment, a refresher student can supply evidence of previous certification and therefore will be given the option of completing optional unsupervised pre-course study to refresh their knowledge and the complete a face to face training session with a trainer (mixed mode or express mode).
Recertification/refresher training is a competency confirmation event that includes training, the purpose of which is to compensate for or prevent deterioration in a previously achieved standard of performance.
Course durations are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 students. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 students, it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of students.
Upon enrolment, you are given the opportunity to upload your previous certificate and based on that evidence; the course can be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as maintaining chainsaws.
Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from usi.gov.au if a USI is not supplied and verified with usi.gov.au a certificate cannot be issued to you.
It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.
20 multiple choice questions detailing the knowledge from the training package
The simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment. Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.
It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.
– Plan and prepare for service/maintenance activities
– Select tools and equipment
– Carry out routine, frequently required and periodic service requirements on chainsaw
– Check and sharpen chain saw chains
– Conduct cleanup activities
– Complete maintenance records and fault logs
It is recommended this course be renewed every 36 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at training.gov.au