Introductory Chainsaw Safety & Use

    Course details

    • Code: FROP.3102
    • Fee: $608*
    • Level: 3
    • Credits: 15
    • EFTS: 0.125
    • Subject: Forestry Operations
Study optionsFull-time, Part-time
Time in class60 (approximate total hours)
Work experience60 (approximate total hours)
Offered (indicative)Semester 1, On Demand
LocationRotorua (Mokoia), Taupo, Murupara, Napier, Opotiki

Course Aim

The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge to use a chainsaw and to operate a chainsaw safely in a commercial forest operation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and communicate duties assigned under the requirements of the Health and Safety in Employment Act and the rules for chainsaws contained in the Approved Code of Practice.
  2. Describe and list requirements relating to the transport and use of chainsaw fuel and personal protection, calculate correct fuel mixtures and identify first aid requirements for chainsaw operators.
  3. Disassemble and reassemble a chainsaw, identify and explain the main function of components, and perform basic maintenance.
  4. Identify hazards and record their management associated with chainsaw use in a commercial forestry operation.
  5. Perform checks, record and carry out basic maintenance and prepare for safe and efficient operation of a chainsaw.
  6. Operate a chainsaw in a commercial forestry operation.

Embedded unit standards or achievement standards

Title Code Level Credits
Demonstrate knowledge of the rules relating to chainsaw use 6916 2 5
Operate a chainsaw and carry out basic chainsaw maintenance in a commercial forestry situation 23411 3 12

For more information on Unit Standards explore the NZQA Framework


*Course cost/fee: Indicative standard fee for New Zealand residents only. Fees for non-New Zealand residents will vary, visit the Programmes and Tuition Fees for International Students information page.

*Course cost/fee last updated 13-Dec-2016

Page last updated: 01 Sep 2017