The Maintain chainsaw course covers how to carry out maintenance of hand-held chainsaws. It relates to the maintenance and servicing requirements of chainsaw power heads and cutting attachments; chain sharpening, clean-up, storage procedures and recording requirements.

The course involves maintaining chainsaws in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, agricultural, workshop, horticultural and domestic settings. The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person’s job and authority

Basic verbal and written English communication skills sufficient to read material and understand instruction. Where necessary theory assessment can be answered verbally.

Typically the training and assessment is competency-based and is a ½ day course. Please Note-Total time is dependent on competency of each individual.

Training and assessment is both practical and theory based and delivery.

FULL COURSE TRAINING– Practical and theory training based on theory concepts and set tasks that need to be completed. The learner is then given a theory and a practical assessment.
Designed for all types of learners giving them access to the equipment and skills required to be competent.
Step 1-Completion of theory training and equipment familiarization
Step 2– Learner completes practical training in a structured learning environment in a small group.
Step 3– Learner completes a final theory and practical based assessment and is issued a Statement of attainment and a proof of training card.


1. Prepare for chainsaw maintenance

1.1 Select appropriate personal protective, maintenance and repair equipment and check for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer's recommendations.
1.2 Plan repair and maintenance activities in line with manufacturer's instructions and recommendations and organisational requirements

2. Complete chainsaw maintenance

2.1 Follow organisational safety procedures to lock out equipment.
2.2 Complete routine and frequently required service requirements on chainsaws in line with manufacturer's instructions and organisational requirements
2.3 Complete periodic service requirements on chainsaws in line with manufacturer's recommendations and organisational requirements
2.4 Check chain for bluntness or damage.
2.5 Remove, sharpen, adjust and replace chain and other components in line with manufacturer's recommendations.
2.6 Identify, diagnose, tag and report chainsaw faults, malfunctions or irregular operation for repair or replacement.
2.7 Reassemble serviced chainsaw components, check for operational effectiveness, tag and store.

3. Complete maintenance records and clean up

3.1 Complete, process and maintain records and reports in line with organisational procedures.
3.2 Clear and clean work area and tools, and dispose of and recycle waste materials in line with environmental protection practices

  • maintain and service a chainsaw
  • service the power heads and cutting attachments
  • sharpen the chain
  • clean-up after use
  • storage procedures