Chainsaw Operator Refresher Training

Improving chainsaw safety is one of the priority goals of FISA.

There are currently two different FISA Chainsaw Operator Refresher courses to chose from depending on your particular needs and site circumstances:

If you wish to book onto a Chainsaw Operator Refresher course please contact training@ukfisa.com, with your name, contact details, location and your previous training and tickets.

Reminder on when refresher courses are required - it is the operator's responsibility to remain compliant:

  • Q: What do I need to do as I approach 5 years after taking a ground based chainsaw qualification? - 
    A: It will be required that you will have attended a refresher course, or upskilled to a further unit,  prior to the cut-off date of 5 years from attaining the qualification. It will be your responsibility to ensure you remain compliant.
  •  Q: What do I need to do as I approach the 3/5 year term from my last FISA refresher course?
    A: It will be required that you will have attended a new refresher course, or upskilled to a further unit,  prior to the cut-off date of 3/5 years from the original FISA refresher. It will be your responsibility to ensure you remain compliant.

Refresher Training FAQs

FISA and LANTRA+F Trainers -  Chainsaw refresher courses delivered by FISA recognised trainers (FISA Trainers) or Lantra +F instructors will be accepted.  FISA trainers will deliver only FISA refresher courses. Lantra +F instructors will deliver Lantra refresher courses, however, those +F instructors who are also recognised FISA trainers will be able to deliver either. See April 2016 news release.
Certificates will show that modules that have been refreshed will be listed as +F. Only Lantra trainers assessed to +F status will be allowed to deliver the refresher.  These certificates will be issued with a 5-year expiry date for successful contractors.
FISA refreshers will adopt this same expiry period for any future courses, with an additional note stating that HSE and FISA strongly recommend that occasional users of a chainsaw should consider taking a refresher course more frequently, for example every 3 years. 
Any Lantra +F refresher certificates issued since the 1st May 2016 will be FISA recognised. 

What do I need to bring with me?

If you are an operator you will need to bring with you:

  • evidence of the certificates of competence in chainsaw use that you currently hold
  • your chainsaw, PPE and other work equipment details of which will be issued with your booking confirmation. Download - Equipment List - what to bring with you.

It is essential that all equipment / clothing is in good condition and working order and meets the requirements of FISA/AFAG safety guide 301 and current industry best practice.

Failure to meet this basic requirement will prevent you participating on the day.

How will skills be assessed?

The FISA Trainer will test skills against current best practice and make reasoned judgements on the competence of the candidate. The update training is not a formal re-assessment of NPTC or other assessment criteria and therefore there is no requirement for an independent assessment.

The scheme requires individual technical skills to be tested, marked and recorded using the following definitions.

Five Year Refresh

Competent – Operator displayed appropriate technical skills. Five-year cycle of update training deemed appropriate.

Re-train

Re-train – Safety of operator/third parties compromised. Retraining within 1 month required.

In extreme circumstances, and where there is considered to be risk to life, suspension from specified chainsaw operations may be required. Details will be recorded and reported to the manager / employer within 24 hours.

 

Training Documents and Records

Record of Attendance

At the end of the training event the trainer will provide a signed registration form to the candidate as evidence of attendance.

N.B. The record of attendance will not provide any reference or comment re an operator’s skill level and therefore cannot be used to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the FISA scheme.

Chainsaw Refresher Record

After the training event the trainer will complete a chainsaw Refresher Record for each candidate and forward to FISA. The Refresher Record will list the key technical skills observed and each will be marked against the 5-year or Re-train criteria. The trainer will also record comments to support the assessment. The comments should be constructive and provide guidance to the candidate / employer/manager. The Refresher Record will show an Overall Assessment 5-year refresh; Re-train; along with any specific recommendations e.g. these may include a requirement to consolidate particular skills, or for additional monitoring to be carried.

Subject to the overall assessment the Record will show an expiry date.

FISA will email the Refresher Record to the candidate, copy to the nominated manager or employer as appropriate.

NB. The Chainsaw Refresher Record is evidence of compliance with the FISA scheme and must be retained. It will require to be presented prior to commencing work.

FISA Database

As part of the administration and security of the scheme FISA will maintain a database of chainsaw refresher training. In the case of FISA administered events this will happen automatically.

RUFC 01 – Refresh and update Felling course - Harvesting

This course is ideally designed for the harvesting operators working regularly on commercial production sites and will cover update training a variety of felling and takedown techniques. It will cover trees sizes up to and in excess of 2 guide bar lengths. (Provided such trees are available on site and the operators have CS32), and cover the requirements expected in standing crops.

The trainees will be given instruction on site preparation, risk assessment, PPE and equipment preparation. It will provide instruction on take down techniques and the use of a variety of aid tools including lift wedges and hydraulic wedge techniques where available and requested.

A Refresher Record will be issued for all attendees with specific recommendations.

Duration: 1 Day
Trainees: 4 max

RUBC 10 – Basic Refresh and update Course - Non Harvesting

This course is designed specifically for the Management operators working regularly in forest management operations such as scrub clearance, brashing, fencing and other management operations. It will cover basics saw operations and demonstrate a variety of basic felling and takedown techniques. It will cover trees sizes up to 1½ guide bar lengths.(Provided operators have CS31/32.)

The trainees will be given instruction on site preparation, risk assessment, PPE and equipment preparation.

A Refresher Record will be issued for all attendees with specific recommendations.

Duration: 1 Day
Trainees: 4 Max

If you wish to book onto a Chainsaw Operator Refresher course please contact training@ukfisa.com, with your name, contact details, location and your previous training and tickets.