Chainsaw Courses Overview

A chainsaw is a portable, mechanical saw used in activities such as tree felling, limbing, bucking, pruning and the removal of branches and foliage. Despite safety features and protective clothing, injuries can still arise from chainsaw use, from the large forces involved in the work, from the fast moving sharp chain, or the vibration and noise of the machinery.

Chainsaw training is designed to provide working technical knowledge and skills to safely operate the equipment.

The following courses are designed and offered to provide the necessary knowledge and skills for operators :


Open to the general public, this 3 hour course gives the chainsaw user an appreciation of the safety features and an awareness of the risks and dangers associated with a chainsaw. It also covers maintenance and chain sharpening.

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Fee: $25.00 for OWA members, $40.00 for non-members


This 3 hour course provides hands-on experience in the safe and efficient use of a chainsaw. You will practice safe procedures and proper techniques. Participants must have completed the Chainsaw Safety, Maintenance and Sharpening course.

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Fee: $40.00 for owa members, $50.00 for non-members


This one day course provides professional certification for those persons interested in working in the forestry sector. It is also valuable for those wishing to gain hands-on experience in the woodlot. Each session will be limited to 3 participants who have completed the Chainsaw Safety course and are current members of the Ontario Woodlot Association.

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Fee: $200.00