Safe Use of Chainsaws in a Pest Control or Primary Sector Environment - Micro-credential

Level 3


Level of study

Level 3

Cost (incl GST)



3 months


Learners must be employed in the sector.

*Non-funded fee from: $1,330.29. Please note, this fee will only apply for non-funded learners – learners who are not employed in the industry, do not meet the entry requirements of the programme, or are not classed as “domestic learners” under the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) funding rules. For more information, visit the TEC website here.


Suitable for those working with chainsaws. Learners will be set up with the knowledge, skills, rules and requirements to operate a chainsaw safely in a primary industry environment and/or as part of a wilding pines pest control programme.

This programme consists of a two-day workshop and is designed to enable the recognition of entry level skills and knowledge needed within chainsaw operations.

Topics are:

Rules for chainsaw use:

  • safety features
  • maintenance and operation
  • transport of flammable liquids in vehicles
  • refuelling
  • PPE and equipment
  • first aid.

Using a chainsaw:

  • condition of chainsaw, testing and basic starting techniques
  • disassemble and reassemble chainsaw
  • risks and reactive forces
  • kickback, causes and control
  • pre-start checks
  • starting location checked
  • approved starting method used
  • chainsaw checked for operating condition
  • plan and carry out basic cuts.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this programme, learners should be able to:

  • describe of the rules for chainsaw use
  • describe rules relating to the transport and use of chainsaw fuel
  • describe PPE and first aid requirements for chainsaw operators
  • disassemble and reassemble a chainsaw, identify its components, and explain their functions
  • describe the factors that influence the operation of a chainsaw
  • prepare to operate a chainsaw
  • start and test a chainsaw
  • use a chainsaw to make cuts.


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