Course Name:Course for Operate a pole saw
Description:This course provides participants with relevant and comprehensive training in order to equip those participating with the skills and knowledge to operate a pole saw, carry out pre-start and post-start checks of a pole saw and use basic pole saw cutting techniques in accordance with Workplace Health and Safety legislative requirements and standards.

Topics covered in this course:

  • OH&S procedures, practices, policies and precautions are observed and followed

  • PPE is used in accordance with OH&S requirements

  • Pole saw design, components, maintenance and chain sharpening

  • Start up and shut down procedures

  • Identifying trimming requirements

  • Assessing trees for trimming

  • Selection of appropriate equipment in accordance with safety and maintenance requirements and equipment is checked for serviceability

  • Trimming of branches, burls and other small growths at a height requiring the use of a pole saw

  • All cuts made at the correct position and angles to comply with the Pruning Standard of Australia

  • Correct sequence of cuts to minimize tree damage and/or pinching the pole saw bar

  • Keeping work area clear of fallen branches

  • Maintaining a safe working distance from other personnel and/or powerlines

  • Identifying trees unsafe for cutting and referring to others

  • Maintaining communication with supervisor and other workers

  • Identifying situations with the potential for causing serious tree damage and/or personal injury


  • 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 demonstrate pruning branches from trees, safely and to the standard in order to demonstrate competence.

    Student numbers: 8 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:FWPCOT3238 - Operate a pole saw
    Cost:Contact Us
    Duration:1 Day - course duration may depend on course numbers, experience and performance of participants.
    Prerequisites: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 pole saw safely and accurately.
    Qualification:Statement of Attainment
    Outcomes:On completion of this unit, participants are able to trim high branches, reachable with a mechanical pole saw to trim excess branches, promoting desirable future tree growth (formative pruning). Knowledge of, and compliance with applicable pruning standards will be demonstrated, both by a written test and during the practical component. They will also be able to carry out basic equipment maintenance including chain sharpening.
    Notes:All training aids including pole saws and safety equipment will be provided for use as required. Suitable trees for trimming are required for the practical component of the course. Participants are required to wear/bring their own steel capped boots.

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