Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation: Common Core

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The Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation: Common Core was developed and is under the auspices of Workplace Safety North and sanctioned by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) as the approved program for pre-employment classroom training for chainsaw operators. This requirement for logging operations is noted by Reg. 851 of R.R.O. 1990 (Industrial Establishments), Sect. (104)(105)(106).
The 1.5-day classroom course consists of three modules: Chainsaw Sharpening and Maintenance; Safe Chainsaw Handling; and Felling and Limbing. The course content will provide the participant with the basic knowledge and skills for safe chainsaw operation in a professional logging environment. Participants will also learn how to identify and deal appropriately with a variety of hazardous sawing conditions they will encounter in their work.
Intended Audience: 
Chainsaw operators employed in logging operations as defined by Regulations for Industrial Establishments or workers who wish to qualify for employment in these areas.

Equipment Required by Participants:

Personal protective equipment (PPE):

  • Forestry headset (CSA-approved hardhat, ear plugs and/or ear muffs, and face screen)
  • CSA-approved safety glasses (with side shields)
  • Chainsaw gloves/mitts
  • Chainsaw pants/chaps
  • Reflective vest (or similar high-visibility clothing)

Chainsaw (ensure chainsaw is purged of fuel):

  • 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)

Sharpening & maintenance tools:

  • 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
  • Felling bar
  • Axe (with sheath)


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 MTCU modular training guidelines up to one year after the common core is completed.


Material(s) included with this course: 
Equipment needed: 
Currently there are no sessions scheduled for this course. Please contact one of our Customer Care Representatives or call 1-888-730-7821 to inquire about future course openings or to be placed on a wait list for this course.