Forest Industry Safety & Training Alliance, Inc.

Chain Saw Training Program

Outline & Schedule

The following are guidelines for the program, however, upon request training can be customized to meet the needs of your group.    

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Contract Courses: $1,300 minimum per trainer, per day plus travel expenses for 16 or fewer participants.
One travel day included.
Additional travel days result in a $500 charge per trainer, per day. A $600 deposit is required two weeks prior to the training date for new clients.

Open Enrollment Courses: $145 per person.
Pre-registration is required for Open Enrollment courses. Classes with fewer than 7 pre-registered attendees may be cancelled and payment refunded, or rescheduled.


Up to 16 maximum per trainer. Classes greater than 16 participants may require an additional trainer.

Length of Session

6-8 hours depending on the number of participants
2-3 hours indoors, 5-6 hours outdoors
*Weather permitting, entire training may be held outdoors

Training Needs

Indoor: Meeting room large enough to fit group comfortably

Outdoor: Wooded site with at least one tree per participant and one or more trees for the trainer of varying sizes to cut. Note: field site must be away from homes, power lines, traffic, etc.


All participants must wear hardhats, ear and eye protection and chaps/protective pants (gloves and cut resistant boots highly recommended.) Participants using a chainsaw must wear personal protective equipment (PPE.) Participants should bring their own saw, PPE, and tools.


On your own


Liability insurance information can be provided upon request.


Each participant will receive a Certificate of Participation.

* Rates are subject to change
*Updated January 19, 2015


Chainsaw Safety Training Program Outline

  1. Initial Meeting
    - Trainer will meet with crew supervisor to address their specific needs.

  2. Introduction to FISTA
    - Purpose of organization and services available
    - Description of the items to be covered that day

  3. OSHA Discussion
    Regulations and Requirements
    - ANSI Standards
    - Employer's Responsibility
    - Employee's Responsibility

  4. Cover muscle stretching and proper body mechanics

  5. Personal Protective Equipment
    - What is required and available
    - PPE - importance and function
    - First Aid kit

  6. Tools necessary to aid in safely felling trees
    - Introduction to wedges
    - Felling levers (when appropriate)
    - Files, gauges, etc. to properly maintain saws

  7. Saws
    - Safety features
    - Reactive forces
    - Reduced down time maintenance
       -- Cutter: how it works and why it is important
       -- Proper sharpening
       -- Carburetor adjustment
       -- How to maintain the saw, bar, and chain

  8. Move to outdoor field site. Trainer will address hazards observed as he enters the jobsite.

  9. Tree Felling (demonstration)
    - Information before felling begins (plan)
       -- Hazards
       -- Escape route
       -- Proper notch
       -- Hinge and back cut

    - Executing the plan

  10. Limbing, bucking, and topping (demonstration)
    - Technique for releasing limbs and spring poles under pressure

  11. Hands-on participation
    - Participants will have the opportunity to practice demonstrated techniques

  12. Question and answer period
    - A Chainsaw Safety Training Guide and a certificate of participation will be distributed during the program.

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