maintaining chainsaw course

Course Description

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a hand-held chainsaw and maintain it in working condition.  This unit applied to cross-cutting fallen timber using safe cutting techniques.  The unit applies to individuals who apply low risk work procedures and comply with worksite health and safety requirements when operating hand-held chainsaws to carry out routine work.

Course Content

This course includes:

  • Assist in preparation of work-site
  • Recognise and apply workplace safety procedures
  • Check and prepare chainsaw for use
  • Operate chainsaw
  • Complete and check chainsaw operation


  • There are no prerequisites for this course

Licensing Information

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum 18 years
  • Photo ID check
  • Basic command of English language
    • Reading and writing – a learner must be able to read, comprehend and write a range of texts
    • Oral communication – a learner must be able to use and respond to spoken language
  • Basic ability in mathematics
  • Must have necessary health and fitness to carry out duties safely.
  • Due to the physical requirements of this unit the student must have the ability to be able to work and stay for a required time frame in a confined space
  • Successful completion of LLN skills assessment (if necessary)


On successful completion candidates will receive

  • Statement of Attainment – issued by HPA Training
  • Plastic wallet sized card – issued by HPA Training

Duration and Cost

  • 1 days training inclusive of assessment
  • $400.00

Payment Methods

Payments are either paid via an invoice (EFT or BPay) or directly through our Booking & Payment Form (by debit/credit card) on our website – via our Booking Tab (2.2% fee)

Mode of Assessment

Assessments both theory and practical will be explained to students at the commencement of the course and conducted throughout the course duration.  Some Examples of assessment will be group participation, theory questions, work type activities and practical demonstrations and observations.


Training/assessment can be conducted at HPA Training Facility – 1 Marina Close, Mt. Kuring-Gai NSW or on your site providing the following requirements are met:

  • Signed agreement to train on site
  • All necessary equipment on HPA Trainings equipment list available and in good condition
  • Training room with tables, chairs and screen (or blank wall for a projector)

Resources Provided

All courseware and handouts

All equipment

What to bring

Your rights and obligations

Please refer to the HPA Student Handbook on the Student Info page (click here) as well as RPL, Language, Literacy and Numeracy support, Privacy, Refund, Complaints and Appeals and cancellation policy.

Support Services

If you have any concerns regarding your Language, Literacy & Numeracy ability please ring HPA Office and speak to one of our trainers who can advise you on what support we can offer you.