Tree Felling Techniques Using a Chainsaw in a Pest Control or Primary Sector Environment - Micro-Credential

Level 3


Level of study

Level 3

Cost (incl GST)



4 months


Learners must be employed in the sector and unit 6917 (demonstrate basic chainsaw operation; or demonstrate equivalent knowledge and skills).

* Programme part of Government’s Free Trades Training initiative which may mean a subsidised price.


Designed to provide learners with the skills and knowledge needed to prepare for and fell trees using a chainsaw as part of a wilding pines pest control programme, or in other primary sector environments where trees need to be removed.

Topics are:

Personal requirements for tree felling operations:

  • tree felling equipment and accessories
  • risks, control methods and special precautions
  • work site and tree assessment and escape route
  • felling cuts over 20cm diameter
  • retreating and observing process
  • cutting methods
  • difficult situations requiring specialist skills and techniques.

Prepare for felling trees with a chainsaw:

  • personal requirements
  • associated risks
  • felling plan, factors and impacts
  • tree, work area preparation and escape route
  • felling techniques
  • retreat and observe
  • alternative back-cutting technique.

Learning outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • describe personal requirements for tree-felling operations
  • demonstrate knowledge of risks associated with tree-felling
  • demonstrate knowledge of the five-step felling plan
  • demonstrate knowledge of tree-felling techniques
    identify difficult tree-felling situations and associated specialist techniques
  • prepare for felling trees with a chainsaw
  • assess the site around the tree to be felled
  • assess the tree to be felled
  • prepare the work area and escape route
  • safely fell trees using basic felling techniques
  • retreat and observe the tree felling
  • demonstrate alternative back-cutting techniques.


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