This unit describes the outcomes required to trim and cut felled trees with a chainsaw.  It is intended for use in situations where the production of timber is not the primary focus of the activity.  The unit also includes equipment maintenance.

General workplace legislative and regulatory requirements apply to this unit; specific licensing or certification requirements may apply in some states and territories.

Unit details

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Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - technical skills sufficient to select, use and maintain relevant equipment to safely trim and cut felled trees in a range of situations; - ability to assess the implications related to identified stresses of the tree; - communication skills sufficient to interact with colleagues and others; - literacy skills sufficient to review and accurately identify work requirements and to locate, record and report information; - numeracy skills sufficient to estimate and measure tolerances and minimum diameter, and calculate time to complete tasks, and; - problem solving skills sufficient to identify problems, equipment faults and apply appropriate response procedures.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for trimming and cutting felled trees; - industry, organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for trimming and cutting felled trees; - environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material; - characteristics of trees and types of timber defects that may affect cutting; - cutting patterns, sequences and techniques; - chainsaw operation, safety and maintenance procedures; - risk assessment processes; - problem identification and resolution strategies and common fault finding techniques; - types of tools and equipment and procedures for their use, operation and maintenance for trimming and cutting felled trees, and; - procedures for reporting workplace records and information.

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