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Basic Felling Techniques (up to 200mm in diameter)

Course Objectives

To enable course members to:

  • Understand risk assessment procedure
  • Assess tree to be felled for hazards and associated risks
  • Prepare trees to be felled and escape routes
  • Fell trees that have a diameter up to 200mm / 8” safely and accurately using different techniques
  • De-limb felled trees in a safe and effective manner
  • Select and use hand tools and maintain them in a safe condition
  • Take down hung-up trees using hand tools
  • State techniques that must not be used

NB: The correct protective clothing must be worn by those undertaking chainsaw operation.

Who is the Course For?

This course is for anyone who already holds certification for Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting and is required to operate chainsaws, outside of forestry and arboriculture, for felling small trees up to 200mm only.


  • Novice trainees: 2 days
  • Experienced operators: 1 day (evidence of experience required)

Course Content

  • Introduction
  • Legal requirements
  • Safe practice
  • Assessing the tree
  • Brashing
  • Escape routes
  • Felling using conventional cuts
  • Felling using alternative methods
  • De-limbing
  • Dealing with hung-up trees
  • Clearing site and chainsaw checks
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