Introduction To Professional Chainsaw Operation Module Four: Field Practice

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.


Participation in Modules One, Two and Three of the Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation program. Participants are required to have current WSIB coverage or complete and return a WSN Release form prior to the training (available through your WSN Consultant Trainer).

Intended Audience:

The course is intended for new workers or current cutters in logging operations and non-logging operations utilizing chainsaws. Individual elements, modules and adapted areas of the training and curriculum are also useful for safe chainsaw operation training of operators not employed in logging.

Additional Information:

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 Labour, Immigration, Training, and Skills Development (MLITSD) modular training guidelines up to one year after the common core is completed.

1.5 days
Forest Products
Material(s) included with this course
  • Participant Manual
Equipment needed

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • Head protection (recommended: CSA-approved or ANSI-approved, Class E, good condition, highly visible)
  • Hearing protection (plugs or muffs)
  • Safety glasses (recommended: CSA-approved)
  • Face screen (forestry face screen that attaches to hard hat)
  • Chainsaw gloves/mitts (cut-resistant, highly visible)
  • Chainsaw pants/chaps (front and back protection, Class A protection with 3600 RPM
  • Footwear (recommended: CSA-approved boots (above ankle) with hard toe cap, cut-resistant)
  • High visibility clothing: CSA Z 96 approved shirt, vest, jacket, or coveralls for forestry work, and have reflective strips for low light conditions


  • 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

  • 2-in-1 Filing Guide or filing guide and depth gauge tool
  • 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)