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How Do I Get A Chainsaw Certificate?

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The best way to get a chainsaw certificate is to complete an intensive course that covers all areas of operating a chainsaw and safety procedures that need to be followed.

There are a number of courses found in locations across the country. One example is the Forest Industry and Training Alliance (FISTA) Chain Saw Safety Training Program that is offered in Wisconsin and across the rest of the United States. The course is generally aimed at anyone who may be required to use a chainsaw as part of their working day. This may include loggers, US Forest Departments and landowners.

The course leaders visit your worksite and then customize the training to suit your needs and requirements. There is also the option of getting additional advanced training on safety if this is required.

Some chainsaw users claim that a certificate is not always needed to operate a chainsaw for personal use. If employed by a company however, it may be required to comply with health and safety regulations in the workplace. Getting a certificate also gives you confidence and knowledge of dealing with potential hazardous situations that could arise when using a machine as dangerous as a chainsaw.

In the United Kingdom, there are also a number of City & Guilds NPTC courses that deal with aspects of operating chainsaws, forestry and arboriculture.

The chainsaw course focuses a lot on how to handle the equipment and students are taught to ensure they have two hands on the saw at all times to prevent it flying back towards them. Another aspect of the course is learning how to maintain a chainsaw so it is kept in optimum condition.

Learning how to correctly fell trees with the saws is another lesson and one that helps students avoid any dangers when working in the future.
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There are a couple of colleges that offer courses in chainsaw certification. These courses are generally quite short (as short as 5 days). All candidates must complete a "health and safety" questionnaire. They can get their own chainsaw and personal protective equipment. A candidate is taught the safe use and maintenance of the chainsaw. He or she will be familiarized with field conditions with the felling of small trees. Most recognized courses provide accreditation that is nationally recognized. There are also quite a few free workshops held by various chainsaw organizations. There are no requirements aside from agility and the physical ability to handle a chain saw. There are 3 certification levels (A, B and C), and a refresher course every 3 years is mandatory. Sawyers can upgrade to the next level before their three-year refresher is due.
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Hi, I'm about to start a new business on tree lopping but i just want to know if I need a chainsaw license or do the course?

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