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Course overview

Develop your skills in the safe use of chainsaws and learn to effectively carry out routine checks and maintenance



This course is offered at various locations - please refer to the intakes listed below. 

Current intake/s*:

 2018 Intake Date/s ** Location 
 06-07 November  Ayr
 21-22 November UPDATED  Emerald Agricultural College
 28-29 November  Longreach Pastoral College


 **Short course schedule is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm locations and times.

Future intakes will be added periodically. Check back regularly for updates or contact us if you are interested in this course.



Our chainsaw short course is delivered under the AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations qualification and is primarily targeted at students who already have some chainsaw experience.

This course meets Australian requirements for chainsaw operations in the workplace. This unit is a pre-requisite  for AHCPCM203 Fell small trees. Students must be minimum of 16yr old.

Participants will be required to successfully complete a series of assessment tasks which may include a written exam, and observation/practical demonstrations.


Course fees:

Fee type Accredited unit
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $375 per person - 1 unit: AHCMOM213


*Prices may vary if a short course has additional requirements including, but not limited to, specific venue hire, catering requests, travel beyond one (1) hour from any QATC college or training hub, or if enrolment numbers are not expected to meet the usual minimum quantity of participants. If a given short course has a price that varies from above, it will be specified separately against that intake.



AgForce Member discount of 20% on the course fee* - tell us your member number when booking and paying for your course.

*Discount applies to the advertised Fee-For-Service rate


This short course contains employability skills. Following completion of this short course, successful participants will receive a Statement of Attainment. This training could lead to further studies in Rural Operations.


Operate and maintain chainsaws


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to safely operate a hand-held chainsaw and maintain it in working condition.

This unit applies to cross-cutting fallen timber using safe cutting techniques.

This unit applies to individuals who undertake defined activities with specialised tools and methods, work in a structured context, apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy and limited judgement, and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

Work is implemented with low risk work procedures and to comply with Safe Work Method Statement documentation.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: as at August 2017)

Additional Information

What to bring

Minimum age 16 years.

​Long work trousers, a long sleeved work shirt and steel cap boots are mandatory dress for this course.

What to bring

We will provide personal protective equipment (PPE), however you are welcome to bring your own (providing that it complies with the Australian Standards).

Participants need to bring lunch, water, morning and afternoon tea. Please note that lunch and morning tea may be available for purchase as set out in the 'Schedule of accommodation fees' on our Policies page.

Course Disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

  • Short Course
  • Accredited
  • 2 days
  • Multiple intakes
  • 1 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $375