The Trim and Cut felled trees course covers how to trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw. It is intended for use in situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity. The course also includes equipment maintenance. General workplace legislative and regulatory requirements also apply to this course.

This course involves trimming and cutting felled trees with a chainsaw in a variety of work settings including a forest, agriculture, domestic, local council and emergency services environment for the skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance.

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 trimming and cutting

1.1 Review work order and where required check with appropriate personnel.
1.2 Select appropriate personal protective and other equipment and check for operational effectiveness.
1.3 Plan trimming and cutting activities in line with work order and environmental conditions.

2. Visually assess felled trees

2.1 Assess tree location and stability for conditions likely to affect safety of trimming and cutting activities
2.2 Visually assess tree for defects and identify stresses within tree.
2.3 Mark trees too dangerous to cut safely and refer to appropriate personnel.

3. Plan cutting

3.1 Move or stabilise tree for safe cutting in line with site procedures.
3.2 Select cutting pattern to optimise time and manageable removal of sections.
3.3 Identify options for utilisation of product.
3.4 Plan cutting sequence to maintain control of cut sections and minimise cutting problems
3.5 Select cutting positions considering tree stresses.
3.6 Clear debris from work area to allow safe access and prevent saw damage and personal injury.

4. Use chainsaw to trim and cut trees

4.1 Monitor location and movement of other personnel and modify work to ensure safety
4.2 Establish and maintain communication to ensure safety
4.3 Secure tree section on each side of planned cut; evaluate and control potential movement.
4.4 Operate chainsaw to cut tree and limbs and adjust cutting technique in response to movement and condition of tree and limbs
4.5 Prepare cut sections for removal from the site.

5. Complete equipment maintenance

5.1 Follow organisational safety procedures to lock out equipment.
5.2 Check chain for bluntness or damage.
5.3 Remove, sharpen, adjust and replace chain and other components in line with manufacturer's recommendations.
5.4 Record and report trimming and cutting records, equipment faults and maintenance requirements to appropriate personnel.

  • Trim and cut felled trees
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Adhere to legislative and regulatory requirements
  • operate a chain saw