• Code
  • FWP/0417FT
  • Type
  • Short Course; Accredited Course
  • Cost
  • $1175
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Part Time (Day)
  • Times
  • 5 days with addtional days if required
  • Location
  • Forestec
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Course Overview

This course covers tree felling using a chainsaw for both harvesting and non-commercial operations. There are three levels of skill available to study; basic, intermediate and advanced tree felling.

Basic level competency standards

  • Maximum tree diameter of 50cm
  • Single stem with no excess lean and no visible damage or defect
  • Species and growth conditions not prone to splitting or twisting during felling
  • Terrain and slope does not add significant complexity

Intermediate level competency standards

  • Maximum tree diameter of 80cm
  • Single or multi stem with limited visible damage or defect
  • Lean and weight distribution which can be adapted with the use of wedges
  • Terrain and slope that may add complexity

Advanced level competency standards

  • Tree diameter greater than 80cm (but not limited to)
  • Substantial lean
  • Visible damage or defects that require complex felling techniques
  • Species prone to splitting and adverse reactions during felling
  • Terrain and slope that adds significant complexity

Qualifications And Recognition
Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive credit for the relevant unit of competence

Course Dates

Tree Felling (Basic)

Forestec8.30am-4.30pm18-22 June
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm27-31 August
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm15-19 October


Tree Felling (Intermediate)
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm30 April - 4 May
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm30 July - 3 August
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm22-26 October


Tree Felling (Advanced)
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm28 May - 1 June
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm20-24 August
Forestec8.30am-4.30pm12-16 November


Qualifications and Recognition


Career Opportunities

This course allows you to work as Forestry Worker, Logging Assistant and Tree Faller.

Opportunities for Further Study


Further Information

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants are eligible for this course if they are at least 18 years of age and have the physical ability to meet the work requirements demanded by specific tasks. Parental consent is required for persons under 18 years of age, who have been deemed eligible to undertake the course.
  • Intermediate and advanced falling demands high level of industry experience and extensive knowledge in the operation of chainsaws and tree falling techniques.


It is recommended that participants have completed a Trim and cross-cut chainsaw course or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills. Please discuss your experience with the Course Coordinator when you make your enquiry.

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost


Materials Fees

Not Applicable

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

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Course Structure

Course Modules

Unit CodeUnit Description
FWPCOT2236Fall trees manually (basic)
FWPFGM3212Fall trees manually (intermediate)
FWPFGM3213Fall trees manually (advanced)


Assessment is competency based. A range of assessment methods will be used, including practical tasks, practical experience, practical demonstrations and written/practical assessments.


Call 1300 133 717
8:30am - 4:30pm Monday to Friday