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Chainsaw Operations


From Certificate III in Horticulture - AHC30716

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Chainsaw Operations – SA3CHAIN20

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Course Overview

The focus of this course is the development of skills in the operation and maintenance of chainsaws and polesaws for basic cross cuttings. It is most appropriate for people with limited experience of chainsaws.

Key topics include:

  • Chainsaw selection
  • Personal protective equipment selection and use
  • Safety procedures and guidelines
  • Sharpening and maintaining chainsaws
  • Site assessment
  • Cross cutting procedures
  • Polesaw operations

Students gain knowledge and skills through theory as well as hands on practical experience during their scheduled class time.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Chainsaw - 2 day course - Wed 13th & Thurs 14th May / 2020

Shepparton - William Orr

Chainsaw - 2 day course - Wed 6th & Thurs 7th May / 2020

Wangaratta - Tone Road

Chainsaw - 2 day course - Wed 20th & Thurs 21st May / 2020

All applicants will be interviewed face to face or via phone during a pre-training review to ensure the course suits your needs and aspirations, and that you are likely to complete the course successfully. This will include a language, literacy and numeracy evaluation.

Core Units
Operate and maintain chainsaws
Trim and cut felled trees
Operate a pole saw

To demonstrate your competency in this course, you will be required to undertake assessment activities including written questions, safety and environmental care, chainsaw maintenance, cutting techniques.

Ross Wade

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in all practical tasks.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

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Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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