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Competency Units

FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw

General Information

The course is offered in partnership with Registered Training Organisation, Murwillumbah Community College (RTO Number 90044) who issues Statements of Attainment within 30 days of completion of training.

The Pole Saw can be a dangerous tool in the workplace and around the home.  Trained & certified persons generally have a greater understanding of operations and safety.  This usually results in greater productivity & a reduction of injuries & accidents. It also assists in meeting WHS requirements.


Our Operate a Pole Saw course is a one day course.  Please view course listings on the homepage of this website for specific start/finish times and venues.

Physical Requirements

All attendees are required to wear steel cap boots on the day.∗  Participants are to wear general work attire on the day. Personal PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) may be brought along to training. For those who do not own or do not wish to bring their own, PPE items will be supplied.

Morning tea as well as tea and coffee will be supplied. Participants are to provide their own lunch or purchase it on the day.

There is no expected home study associated with this course.

You will also need to provide your USI number.

If you do not have a USI number you can obtain one HERE.

To find out what a USI number is click HERE

Course Outcome
Courses cover outcomes required to carry out maintenance & operation of a pole saw and to cut & trim trees using a pole saw.. Topics such as (but not limited to), participating in planning & preparing for maintenance, conducting pole saw maintenance,  maintenance records, preparing for trimming & cutting, visually assessing trees/shrubs, planning for & conducting trimming & cutting are all covered within the course.
Successful participants will receive a ‘Statement of Attainment’ with the ‘Units of Competency’ listed above that can be used to meet legislative, regulatory and workplace requirements in their relevant fields of employment.

Duff Consulting charge $398 per person regardless of numbers and location. A $20 fee applies to bookings where the payment is not made online at the time of the booking.

To review our booking & payments policy please click HERE

Further Information

Students should be directed to Murwillumbah Community College, Student Handbook for the following information: http://mbahcc.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2019-Student-Handbook-Jan-2019-v4.pdf

• Recognition of Prior Learning
• Legislative Compliance
• Records Management and Your Privacy
• Guarantee
• Student Rights and Responsibilities
• Complaints and Appeals
• Student Support
• Reasonable Adjustment
• Access and Equality

A copy of the student handbook is also made available on the day of the course.

How we will deliver the course
This course will be delivered firstly in a classroom environment to cover the theory aspects and then move to an outdoor area for completion of the practical components.
The hours are generally 8am to 4pm but students should refer to their specific course listing on the homepage of the Duff Consulting website for specific times and venues as this can sometimes differ to meet client needs.
There are no pre-course study requirements to complete this course and all resources required on the day will be supplied.

Assessment Requirements
Duff Consulting adopts a variety of assessment methods to ensure you develop the required skills and knowledge and to keep the course a practical, hands-on-learning experience. These methods are:
• Theory Questions
• Practical Assessments delivered under workplace conditions

All assessments are carried out in english.

You must be physically capable of starting, holding and using a pole saw for sustained periods of time in the practical component of the course.

If you are unhappy about any assessment result then seeking a re-assessment is usually the first strategy. If you are still unhappy about the assessment process or result then the Complaints and Appeals Process may be invoked. For more information regarding the Appeals Process you should follow if you are unhappy with an assessment result go to MCC Student Handbook

Recognition of Prior Learning
We offer recognition of existing skills and knowledge, please refer to the Student Handbook for more information.

Requirements for Completion
You must attend 100% of this Pole Saw training course and satisfactorily complete all the assessment tasks. If you feel you may need support to complete the learning or assessment tasks either because of a literacy issue, a learning difficulty or a physical disability, please let us know and we may be able to make adjustments to our learning and assessment processes.

Course Fees
$398 per person if booked and paid online
A $20 fee will be incurred where manual invoicing is required

Information regarding our Refund Policy is available HERE

Information about the course

FWPCOT3238 – Operate a pole saw. This unit of competency describes the outcomes required to trim high branches reachable with a power driven pole saw and to promote tree growth by trimming and felling excess branches.

Power driven pole saw in this unit refers to professional standard pole-mounted chain saws that are typically fuel types, but may be battery powered, and generally telescopic.

It applies to those who operate a pole saw in a forest environment and includes equipment maintenance.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory, or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Entry Requirements
While there are no pre-requisites for this course, you will need to have sufficient English language skills to complete the competency based chainsaw training.
You will also be required to undertake practical training and assessments which will entail starting a chainsaw, holding and cutting with a chainsaw.

price: $398.00