Course Name:Fall trees manually (intermediate)
Description:This course provides participants with relevant, comprehensive and accredited training in order to equip those participating with the skills and knowledge to safely carry out intermediate manual tree falling operations and in accordance with Workplace Health and Safety legislative requirements and standards.

Training includes compliance with relevant legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures relating to intermediate manual tree felling operations.

Directional tree felling techniques applied must be within acceptable parameters, relevant authority to fall, environmental considerations, the principal order of cuts involved for felling trees that are back leaning/forward leaning which will require multiple back cuts and/or boring techniques, assessment of site and trees to be felled, developing a felling plan, preparation of area for tree felling AND fall trees under supervision. Will also include demonstrating correct techniques for throwing a shot line and removing hung-up trees.


Basic trees typical to the scope of this unit may include the following characteristics:



  • Lean and weight distribution, which can be assessed and readily adapted to falling direction with the use of wedges and control with hinge-wood

  • Various dimensions relative to local forest size distribution

  • Limited visible damage or defect

  • Species prone to free splitting and adverse reactions during felling

  • A crown that contains dead or broken material, entanglement or malformation and is visible for assessment and monitoring

  • Single or multi-stems

  • Diameter of tree greater than chainsaw bar length

  • Grown on terrain and slope that can add complexity to the operation


  • Teaching strategy: Lectures, demonstrations, student workbooks, various handouts, practical training.

    Method of assessment: Oral / written tests, multiple choice questions, short answer questions, verbal questions, practical exercises. Participants need to fall 4 to 5 trees, safely and to the standard in order to demonstrate competence.

    Entry requirements: Participants will need to meet the age requirements as stated in relevant Government regulations or industrial awards, and will need to demonstrate the physical and psychological capacity to manipulate a chainsaw safely and accurately.

    Student numbers: 4 to 5 per class (nominal).

    Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions to achieve competence.

    Trainer/s: Our instructors are appropriately qualified and have recognised teaching qualifications including Workplace Assessor.
    Units:FWPFGM3231 - Fall trees manually (Intermediate)
    Cost:Contact Us
    Duration:2 Days - course duration may depend on course numbers, experience and performance of participants.
    Prerequisites:Students must already hold Level 1 (crosscutting) chainsaw certification. It is recommended that prospective students also hold Basic Tree Felling qualifications, and/or have considerable experience using chainsaws before attempting this course.
    Qualification:Statement of Attainment
    Outcomes:On completion of this course, participants will be able to assess, plan and safely carry out intermediate manual tree felling operations using a chainsaw.
    Notes:All training aids including chainsaws and safety equipment will be provided for use as required. Student Notes, good for future reference are supplied to each student and may be retained.

    A sufficient number of suitable, live standing trees will be required for the practical component of the course. Participants are required to wear/bring their own steel capped boots, and also their own food and water.

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