FWPCOT3238 Operate a Pole Saw

Who Should Enrol?

Anyone involved in trimming high branches reachable with a power driven pole saw and to promote tree growth by trimming and felling excess branches.

Power driven pole saw refers to professional standard pole-mounted chain saws that are typically fuel types, but may be battery powered, and generally telescopic.

It applies to those who operate a pole saw in a forest environment and includes equipment maintenance.


Why Should They Enrol?

There are no current mandatory training requirements for the operation of pole saws. However, pole saws are some of the most dangerous pieces of equipment used in the workplace.

The operators should have a minimum level of competency to minimise the risk of injury to themselves and others. It is strongly recommended that workers be provided with pole saw training by their organisation if they are expected to use pole saws to perform their tasks.


What Will They Learn?

The following topics are covered in this training:

  • Prepare for trimming and cutting
  • WHS, environmental, and legislative requirements are identified
  • Organisation and job requirements are understood and followed
  • Tools and equipment are selected and checked
  • Trees are visually assessed (tree location and stability)
  • Defects and stresses are identified
  • Plan cutting (including branch heights and debris falling direction)
  • Debris is cleared and pre start-up checks are performed
  • Stabilisation is performed and tree sections secured
  • Conduct trimming and cutting using cutting techniques
  • Inspection of equipment and reporting
  • Conduct equipment adjustment, cleaning and replacement
  • Conduct equipment maintenance

How Will They Be Assessed?

Participant’s competencies will be assessed through completion of theory and practical activities.  Upon successful completion of the study participants will be issued with a statement of attainment for the unit of competency FWPCOT3238 Operate a pole saw.

What if help is required with reading, writing and maths?

We can provide support in some areas. Where we cannot we will provide direction to other agencies who may be able to assist.


Course Venue and Equipment

This course may be conducted in our training room in Atherton, or on-site at client premises. Where courses are conducted on-site then a suitable venue and white board are to be provided by the client company. The venue shall have sufficient tables and chairs for participants to be seated comfortably for the duration of training.

This course teaches participants to trim upright trees; therefore we need access to suitable trees to complete trimming. We must approve the trees to be used before we can conduct the course. An example of a good tree for this course is provided to the right. We suggest two trees per person for the practical component.

Any catering costs shall be borne by the client company if we are training onsite. Please contact us to discuss alternate arrangements if there is any difficulty in providing these facilities and equipment.


Travelling Costs and Expenses

Where the training is conducted outside the immediate Atherton area then additional costs will be applicable. Any airfares, travel, accommodation, meals and materials freight incurred in the provision of this training will be on-charged. Mileage will be charged at 80¢ (plus GST) per kilometre and traveling time will be charged at our standard rates. Please contact us for a formal quotation for courses conducted outside of Atherton.

What to Bring to Training

Participants will be required to wear safety boots, work gloves, long sleeved shirt and pants when undertaking practical training and assessment. It is recommended participants also wear a hat and suitable garments which provide them with sun protection.

Other personal protective equipment such as visors, ear muffs, chaps, etc will be provided as part of the course.

To get the most out of this course it is highly recommended that you bring along your own pole saw, associated equipment and manufacturer’s manual. This allows you to cut and sharpen with your own saw which aids you after the course.


How To Enrol in a Public Course

Public courses scheduled on demand if minimum numbers can be met. Please contact us if you have 4 or more attendees. 


How to Book a Dedicated Course

On-site or dedicated courses may be customised to the hazards of specific industries to allow targeted training of managers and employees.

Contact our office to book an on-site or dedicated course for your organisation. Dates will be scheduled at the time of booking.



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