Welcome to the chainsaw safety training program of the Woodland Trainers Association. This program has been developed by the Woodland Trainers Association, based in Hinton, AB in conjunction with the Hinton Environmental Training Center, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Forest Products Association, Parks Canada and equipment suppliers. Since its inception in the 1990's, the program has expanded to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
The objective of the training is to develop proficient chainsaw operators who demonstrate a positive attitude towards safety, stewardship and a professional attitude towards their work. Emphasis is placed on safe work practices, high standards of proficiency, adherence to relevant Occupation Heath and Safety Acts and excellent instruction.
A variety of course options are available to meet individual employer’s needs. The most popular choice is the full, three day course where participants will receive instruction in order to attain certification up to a Level 3, Intermediate Faller. Participants will receive 24 hours of instruction, 50% of which will be hands on. Shorter options are available for those employers who do not require certification at Level 3 Intermediate Faller.
Courses are designed to be held in any situation: from remote forest site to compound parking lot, from the northern forest to short grass prairie. Emphasis is on participation of students, whether it’s sharpening a saw, cutting notches or OHS Regulations.
The full three day course will include as a minimum: course objectives, basic chainsaw operation, maintenance, safety considerations, limbing and bucking, basic falling and special situations. A unique and key element of every course is the hands-on training using the bolts (three foot logs, held upright in special stands). By using bolts, students are able to repeatedly practice notching techniques in a controlled, supervised setting without the risk or time of falling trees before their skills are developed. Students who demonstrate a proficiency level of 80% on the bolts will be eligible for Level 3 certification.
I have been instructing chainsaw safety since 1999. In that time I have taught type 1 fire crew to highway crews and from park wardens to mountain pine beetle crews. I have more than 30 years of accident free experience working with chain saws from back country portage crew to logger. I combine my experience and energy to deliver a learning experience that students describe as the best training they have ever had.
The course is designed to come to you, no matter where you are. The following list will assist you in your preparations.
* contact Christopherson Industrial Supplies in Prince Albert (306) 764-2102
|Basic rate for instruction as of January 2016:|
|3 day Intermediate Course, CTF (max 8 students)||$4200/course|
|2 day Basic Course (max 8 students)||$2800/course|
|1 day Awareness Course (max 8 students)||$1400/course|
|Recertification (min variable, max 8)|| $1200/course
|Registration & Manual:||$50/student|
|Travel return from Christopher Lake, SK:||$0.85/km|
|Travel on gravel highways:||$1.50/km|
|Travel on Athabasca Seasonal Road, #155* and other winter roads:||$2.50/km|
|Meals during course, travel & set-up:||$50/day|
|Accommodation during course, travel & set-up:||as billed|
|Additional, site-specific expenses (e.g., permits)||as billed|
|Cord wood for urban or southern courses||$200/128 ft3|