RTCSA delivers nationally accredited training on behalf of APS Training Group.

APS Training Group #31588 is the registered training organisation that issues certification upon successful completion of this accredited course.

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AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws

This training course is for participants who require the knowledge and skills to operate a chainsaw safely. It is especially suitable for council workers, emergency services personnel, farm or homeowners, and people who work in the horticultural, and arboricultural industries.

This unit of competency covers the maintenance, preparation, and operation of hand-held chainsaws in a work environment. It requires the application of skills and knowledge to crosscut fallen timber using appropriate cutting techniques to maximise volume and quality recovery.

It also requires knowledge of licensing and OHS legislative requirements associated with chainsaw operation along with duty of care to self, others and the environment.

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AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws

Assessment is based on theory questions as well as simulated practical scenarios and includes:

  1. Assisting in the preparation of the worksite.
  2. Recognising and applying workplace safety procedures
  3. Checking and preparing the chainsaw.
  4. Operating the chainsaw.
  5. Completing and checking chainsaw operations.

Topics covered include:

  • Hazard and risk identification and control
  • Environmental control measures
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements
  • Routine checks and maintenance prior to machine operation, including chain inspection and sharpening
  • Refueling calculations
  • Safety features of the chainsaw
  • Starting methods
  • Chainsaw operation and cutting methods
  • Cleaning and storing of chainsaw



  • Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Photographic identification must be provided on the day. ID must contain photo, signature, date of birth.
  • Participants must have a unique student identifier (USI) to obtain their nationally accredited certificate. This is a Government requirement and a certificate of competency cannot be issued by a registered training organisation (RTO), until this identification number has been supplied to them. To apply for a USI, locate a forgotten USI, or for any further information about unique student identifiers, please visit the website:
  • PPE: Participants are required to wear personal protective equipment whilst attending this course, including hi-vis shirt or vest; long trousers; safety boots (steel-capped); safety glasses; helmet; ear protection; chainsaw chaps.

This course will be delivered on behalf of APS Training Group by Regional Training Contractors of South Australia (RTCSA), under a third-party agreement. 

This unit contains theory and practical elements.

Blended training:

  • Face-to-face on the job
  • Classroom-based
  • Option of self-paced theory assessment prior to practical assessment.

RTCSA delivers this training at worksites throughout regional South Australia, Western Victoria, and South-Western New South Wales.

Course duration will vary and may be either a one-day or two-day course depending on participants’ skill, knowledge, experience, and whether participants have completed the pre-reading and theory component of the course prior to the practical workshop and assessment.


RTCSA is an onsite training provider and prices will vary due to differing training locations, participant numbers, and participant experience.

Quotes are provided at the time of enquiry.

Successful students will receive a Statement of Attainment for AHCMOM213 – Operate and maintain chainsaws, recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework, and a wallet-sized plastic card, issued by APS Training Group RTO #31588.