Chainsaw - Pole saw operation


Pole saw operation


How to safely operate and maintain a mechanical pole saw for trimming high branches in a range of situations.


From $370 GST free, depending on location.

Course aims

  • identify and follow WHS requirements for pole saw operations
  • assess trees for trimming
  • prepare pole saw for trimming
  • trim trees to industry standard using low risk techniques

Learning outcomes

  • prepare for trimming
  • assess trees
  • trim trees
  • conduct operator maintenance


One day

Course program / structure

  • WHS requirements
  • identify operational hazards and control measures
  • pole saw design, components, servicing and chain sharpening
  • start up and shut down procedures
  • assessing trees for trimming requirements
  • trimming requirements

Resources and method of delivery

Participants are required to bring the operating manual for their pole saw. This practical course is delivered in the field and workshop.


This course is mapped to the national unit of competency FWPCOT3238 - Operate a pole saw.

NOTE: This course requires a high level of physical fitness and manual dexterity. If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements, please talk to our Workforce Skills course coordinator before enrolment. Students must not be under the influence of alcohol, drugs or illicit substances.


Contact us to register your interest in this course.

Other dates and locations are available on demand.

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Current scheduled courses

course date
Camden/Menangle 4th Sep 2019



4 Sep 2019

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or call Sophie Smethurst on 0249398881

course date
Tocal College, Paterson (near Maitland) 24th Sep 2019


Tocal College, Paterson (near Maitland)

24 Sep 2019

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or call Sophie Smethurst on 0249398881

course date
Wollongbar 25th Sep 2019



25 Sep 2019

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or call Jayne Wood on (02) 6769 1285