Chainsaw Field Practice: 1 Day

Moving from the classroom to the woodlot, participants will practise the principles of how to sharpen, handle and operate a chainsaw competently. Building their skills through supervised practice in actual felling and limbing operations, the participant will also learn the best way to hold, start and handle a chainsaw.


The basic knowledge and skill provided by this training should be supplemented by on-the-job supervision, practice and experience before evaluation for certification under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) modular training guidelines up to one year after the common core is completed.

Intended Audience:

The course is intended for new workers or current cutters.

1 day
Forest Products
Equipment needed
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Forestry headset (hardhat, ear muffs, face screen)

  • CSA-approved safety glasses (with side shields)

  • Chainsaw gloves/mitts

  • Chainsaw pants/chaps -CSA-approved protective footwear with chainsaw cut protection

  • Reflective vest (or similar high-visibility garb)

  • Chainsaw

  • Size and type appropriate for the work normally performed

  • Properly sharpened, maintained and ready to work in full compliance with requirements of applicable legislation, with owner's manual (if possible)

  • For field session, participants will require chain oil and mixed gas as per the owner's manual

  • Sharpening & maintenance tools

  • Combination tool

  • Correct size round file with handle

  • Filing guide

  • Depth gauge tool

  • Flat file with handle

  • Small screwdriver (to fit carburetor adjustment screws)

  • Chainsaw grease gun, rag

  • Spark plug gap tool, wire brush, emery paper

  • Chain owner's manual

  • Felling aids (wedges, optional felling bar)

  • Axe (with sheath)