Short Courses

Chainsaw Operation and Safety

Melbourne Polytechnic's short course in Chainsaw Operation and Safety is designed for people working in the basic operation of chainsaws. This one-day course is designed to provide skills in the operation of chainsaws and the promotion of safe working practices.

Course Code: SOH017

Fees: $275.00

Emphasis is placed on the individual’s responsibility to ensure safe working practice is maintained while operating a chainsaw. While this course is appropriate for professionals and occasional user alike, it also benefits anyone who may use a chainsaw around the home or farm.


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Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8615


1 day
Total Hours: 8

Course Outline

  • Describe how a chainsaw can be operated safely
  • Dismantle, clean and reassemble
  • Select correct chain bar and chain
  • Correctly adjust and sharpen a chain
  • Start, stop and apply emergency chain brake
  • Determine a safe working zone
  • Cut the logs and limbs in an appropriate and correct manner

Course Outcomes

  • Participants will gain the skills and knowledge to be able to operate and maintain a chainsaw for Safety
  • A Statement of Attainment will be issued at the conclusion of the course
  • UNITS OF COMPETENCY : AHCMOM213 Operate and Maintain Chainsaws

Recognising Organisations


Suitable For

  • Suitable for candidates requiring knowledge and skills on how to operate and maintain a chainsaw safely



No concession or government funding applies

Payment Options:

  • Cash - paid in person at any campus or a Skills and Jobs Centre
  • Credit Card
  • Invoice - paid by the company or job agencies and if this changes in the future we'll wear the cost of changing it back.

Assessment Methods

A written assessment


Pen and Paper. All equipments provided


No prior knowledge or experience required.

Pathways to further study

This unit of competency can considered as a credit towards some certificate courses in Horticulture and Landscaping.

Workplace Training

Consultancy - Training can be offered on-site or off-site. *Condtions apply

Available Sessions

Course Cancellation or Postponement

Courses with low enrolments may be cancelled or delayed. You will be notified of this 48 hours prior to course commencement.