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AHCPCM203 Fell Small Trees

Chainsaw Level 2

Course Overview


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to fell small trees where hazards have been assessed as low risk.

It is an introductory or base-level unit that covers felling procedures for small trees.


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.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit in some states and territories at the time of publication, and
may differ according to jurisdiction. Specific determination should be sought through the relevant state or territory.

Available Units of Competency

AHCPCM203 Fell Small Trees (Elective)


Entry Requirements / Pre-Requisites

Successful Completion and award of AMCMOM213 - Operate & maintain Chainsaws is required prior to entry into this unit.


Qualification Structuring Rules

Unit: 1 Unit - AHCPCM203 Fell Small Trees


Delivery Options

Face to face, workplace assisted and remote delivery support strategies available.

Course Duration: 

1 - 2 Days depending on student & client requirements, worksite workshop delivery linked to worksite operational employment activities supported by Trainer/Assessor visits. Each client’s requirements being considered, some homework activity and student time management will be important to ensure we maintain the volume of learning requirements on this qualification.

​Assessment is facilitated by undertaken by our expert environmental  instructor/s with qualifications, certifications and a background in humane, ethical, conservation and environmental management.


Cost is determined based on the individual student requirements, assessment strategy and any potential funding applicable.

As an indicative guide the following options are available with this program:

·        Qld User Choice Program Eligible - No

·        Qld Certificate III Guarantee Eligible Program - No

·        RPL Assessment Fee - N/A


Full details of fees and charges are available from Ballistic Training Solutions by contacting one of our consultants to discuss your individual requirements.


On successful completion you will receive a Nationally recognised Statement of Attainment.​


Education Pathways

This program is part of the AHC 3.0 Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package and links to further qualifications at the Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma levels.


Occupational Pathways

·        Primary Producers

·        Research Officers / Wildlife Officers

·        Rural operators

·        Conservation workers and revegetation team members


Summary of Learning & Competency Outcomes

  • prepare, transport and appropriately position support tools to minimise felling delays

  • assess topography and site conditions, identify factors influencing tree felling operation and confirm findings with supervisor

  • receive instructions for tree felling operations from supervisor and clarify prior to undertaking work

  • clear fall zone of obstacles and articles which may be damaged by felled tree

  • confirm first aid and emergency personnel, equipment and procedures

  • identify site hazards, assess risks and report to supervisor

  • record and implement work health, safety, site, environmental and traffic control measures

  • select, check, use, maintain and store suitable safety and personal protective equipment

  • confirm work zone with work crew and monitor location of other personnel

  • determine natural direction of fall, safe fall zone and exclusion zone and confirm with supervisor

  • determine standard tree felling techniques by ground conditions and state of canopy

  • establish clear escape route appropriate to site

  • safely operate a chainsaw to fell small trees

  • monitor fall of tree and movement on ground until felled tree is stable

  • take corrective action in response to changing conditions or problems encountered


Where to from here

If you are a rural operator in need of your Level 2 Chainsaw certification or someone looking to become more familiar with chainsaw operation and maintenance, contact the Team at Ballistic Training Today!

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