FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic)


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FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic)

It is recommended this course be renewed every 36 months in line with industry standards. Locate the most current training package at training.gov.au 

Our obligation to you

We are required to provide clear evidence to enable you to decide if this course is suitable for you. This course teaches the skills and knowledge required to asses and manually fall small trees with a low level of complexity and to complete operator maintenance.

This course applies to those in a forest, agricultural, local council, emergency services and other government agency environment. With the exception of minor forest produce, it is not relevant to commercial harvesting operations.

Allens Training Pty Ltd RTO 90909 is responsible for the quality of the training and assessment and will be issuing the statement of attainment for this unit even if the training is provided by an authorised third party.

Choosing a training or education provider

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to allow you to be fully informed about your decision to enroll in a course of study. We recommend reading this information prior to enrolling.  It is available by clicking here.

Are there physical requirements for this course?

It is important to note that there are physical standards which relate to the level of performance required when undertaking accredited training.

There can be no exceptions to these Australian Government requirements that are clearly written into the Training Package.

Therefore, students who are unable to satisfy the physical requirements of the course cannot be deemed competent or issued with a statement of attainment, even if the qualification is a necessary part of their employment conditions.

This course requires a student to be physically able to fell basic trees manually with a chainsaw.

Resources that will be available for this course  

Workplace location or simulated workplace of a forest environment that contains small trees with a low level of falling complexity

PPE and clothing including:

- Safety helmet

- Safety gloves

- Protective footwear

- Eye protection

- Hearing protection

- High visibility clothing

- Leg protection (trousers or chaps)

Materials and equipment including:

- Warning signs

- Chainsaw and components

- First aid equipment

- Support tools

- Manufacturers’ instructions for use and maintenance of equipment

- Radio or communication device

- Firefighting equipment (if prescribed

Specifications and work instructions, including:

- Information and instructions relevant to tree-falling operations, including processing location details and trees to be felled and retained

- Policy and procedures for work health and safety (WHS)

- Risk assessment plan

- General and specific environment requirements

- Relevant state or territory logging code of practice

- Emergency and evacuation procedures

- Fire protocols

- Relevant personnel for the purpose of communicating information


Student cohort (types of students)

Allens Training Pty Ltd is required to determine the amount of training they provide to each student, with regard to the existing skills, knowledge and experience of the student.

This is achieved by identifying the cohort category or the student undertaking the proposed training and also the mode/s of delivery being provided.

Skill levels will vary in relation to the type of student or ‘cohort’.  Allens Training Pty Ltd have identified 2 different types of cohorts as listed below. 

1. Students new to the training

2. Students with previous training and/or experience similar to this course

Initial training and modes of delivery (students new to the training)

Initial training is intended for students who have no prior training or experience. For example job seekers, school leavers, those wanting a change in career etc.

Students attending a course for the first time can complete the course in 2 ways.  Either by undertaking pre-course study - referred to as unsupervised learning, and then attending a trainer led face to face course (mixed mode) or by attending a longer period of training (face to face).

Where the student cohort consists of new entrants or inexperienced workers, we ensure that we give them the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge and to develop skills over time in the different contexts they would experience in the workplace.

This may require a longer time-frame than for those students with significant training/industry experience.

Refresher training and modes of delivery (Students with previous training and/or experience)

The shorter refresher course may be appropriate for workers or students experienced in the industry or with previous training.  This might be those who have been in the industry for some time (e.g. well practiced skills), those who have previously completed this course or similar, and those returning for workplace or industry requirements and to refresh their skills etc. 

Meaning the student cohort for a refresher course is comprised of students who have previously attained experience in the required skills/knowledge.

It’s important to identify those students who are confident and are returning for recertification. It’s about recognising their pre-existing knowledge and skills. Therefore, upon enrolment, a refresher student can supply evidence of previous certification and therefore will be given the option of completing optional unsupervised pre-course study to refresh their knowledge and the complete a face to face training session with a trainer (mixed mode or express mode).

Recertification/refresher training is a competency confirmation event that includes training, the purpose of which is to compensate for or prevent deterioration in a previously achieved standard of performance.

Course times

Pre-course study

If there is pre-course study for the course, it is found in the student portal. Students must have access to a computer, phone, tablet etc. with access to the internet to complete the pre-course study online.

What does competency-based training actually mean? 

A competency-based training environment is centered on demonstrated competence against industry-defined standards of performance. Competency-based training is the concept that individuals learn at different rates as well as through different modes and different environments and that the skills and knowledge that a student has acquired previously are able to be formally recognised.

Amount of training and the AQF volume of learning

The AQF Volume of Learning describes how long a student, who does not hold any competencies identified in the qualification, would normally take to develop all of the required skills and knowledge at that qualification level. The amount of training comprises the formal learning activities that are provided to a student to enable them to meet the requirements of each training product and gain the skills and knowledge specified in the relevant training product.

Exceptions for duration of the course

Course durations are reflective of group sizes of between 4 and 15 students. If there are less students in a group, you may find course duration reduced by a maximum of 10%. If a class size exceeds 15 students, it may therefore also be necessary to increase course duration depending on the number of students.

Recognition or any prior learning or previous courses 

Upon enrolment, you are given the opportunity to upload your previous certificate and based on that evidence; the course can be modified based on your previous knowledge. There is a currency requirement to be able to demonstrate skills such as felling trees.

We need to identify any support you require to complete this course 

Upon enrolment, we will give you an opportunity to provide information on your language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete this course. There is also the opportunity to provide details and communicate any special needs or support requirements you may have.  Assistance can be sought from our student support officer at Allens Training Pty Ltd by phoning 1300 559 064.

We provide equitable access to all required educational and support services, so that no student is disadvantaged to be able to enroll into this course regardless of their mode of study or location. Students can organise to meet with their trainer on a one-to-one basis for additional support, plus email and phone contact.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)      

Completing any vocational education course in Australia, it is a requirement for you to obtain and supply a USI. This is obtainable from usi.gov.au if a USI is not supplied and verified with usi.gov.au a certificate cannot be issued to you.

If you are under 18 years of age

It is a requirement that parental/guardian consent is obtained for students under the age of 18 to be able to participate in a course.  The form for this can be found here.

Course fees

This course may be delivered by way of partnership arrangements with your local trainer. The course fee will be paid direct to the trainer (the partner organisation). This course is usually arranged by the employer of a workgroup and the employer can be invoiced for the training. If the employer does not arrange the training, or the employer does not agree to fund the training, training fees must be paid by the individual student direct to the trainer. All partners of Allens Training Pty Ltd will be required to meet minimum resource and facility requirements and course fees are available at the time of enrolment. Course fees will be communicated to you prior to enrolment.

Funding and work placement arrangements       

There is no funding or work placements associated with this course.

Foundation skills required

Foundation skills are the underpinning communication skills required for participation in the workplace, the community and in adult education and training.

Learning – to identify an unsafe tree and efficiently and logically sequence the stages of preparation for and felling of trees using work order to guide activities.

Reading – to interpret workplace health and safety and other organisational procedures, work orders and manufacturers maintenance recommendations.

Writing – to complete accurate basic records for tree felling process, equipment faults and maintenance requirements.

Oral communication – select and use appropriate spoken communication strategies with work colleagues and other personnel on site when felling trees and interpret hand signals with other operators to ensure safe tree felling.

Numeracy – estimate tree dimensions, including height, length, diameter and volume and complete routine calculations and report on size, length, diameter of felled trees.

Reasonable adjustment explained

Reasonable adjustment refers to flexibility in assessment approaches to account for individual learning needs, while still adhering to the assessment requirements of the relevant training package or VET accredited course. Whilst reasonable adjustments can be made in terms of the way in which evidence of performance is gathered, the evidence criteria for making competent/not yet competent decisions should not be altered in any way.

If a student meets essential entry requirements, the RTO must endeavour to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ necessary for them to complete their course work or demonstrate competency. This may include adjusting the physical environment, student learning materials or the manner that a theory test is completed. In most situations, a student with a disability will be able to tell the RTO what he or she needs to be able to study. If necessary, the RTO should also seek advice from disability areas within government departments or organisations that represent or provide services to people with a disability.

Adjustments may include:

-  Modifying educational premises. For example, making ramps, modifying toilets and ensuring that classes are in rooms accessible to the person with a disability.

-  Modifying or providing equipment. For example, lowering lab benches, enlarging computer screens, providing specific computer software or an audio loop system.

-  Changing assessment procedures. For example, allowing for alternative examination methods such as oral exams, or allowing additional time for someone else to write an exam for a person with a disability.

-  Changing course delivery. For example, providing study notes or research materials in different formats or providing a sign language interpreter for a person who is hearing impaired.

Please note that in some Training Packages, first aid and CPR training for example, there are mandatory skills that cannot be modified as a reasonable adjustment. The student is required to complete 2 minutes of adult CPR on a manikin on the floor. There is no room for reasonable adjustment as it is stated as what is required in the Training Package.


ASSESSMENT – THEORY - Multi choice question paper

Question paper based on the knowledge requirements for the course.


ASSESSMENT – PRACTICAL - Physical demonstrations

The simulated assessment environments will reflect the real-life working environment where these skills and knowledge would be performed, with all the relevant equipment and resources of that working environment.  Skills must be demonstrated by the student working individually in an environment that provides realistic in-depth, industry-validated scenarios and simulations to assess students’ skills and knowledge.

It’s important that students have knowledge of the content of this course. The assessable practical skills are listed below.

You will be assessed on performing chainsaw scenario and task demonstrations for:

- Visually assessing site and soundings

- Putting site environment protection measures and the organisational requirements in place

- Following work specifications and instructions

- Identifying and controlling hazards and risks

- Assessing the tree for defects and falling direction

- Planning felling

- Applying tree felling techniques

- Using communication devices and signals

- Inspecting, use and maintain safety equipment, tools and PPE

- Selecting and clear escape routes, around the tree and safe distance zones

- Using a chainsaw to make a range of cuts to fell trees

- Conducting housekeeping and dispose of waste materials considering the environment  


Student written agreement

If you are completing this course, please download the student agreement to ensure that you are aware of your rights and obligations.  You can access the student written agreement by clicking here.

Course requirements          

There are no prerequisite, entry, work-placement, licensing or certification requirements for this course.

We engage with industry experts  

As part of ongoing improvement activities and industry consultations, Allens Training Pty Ltd consult with industry experts to ensure best practice occurs in resources and realistic assessment tools.

Training considerations from the trainer and assessor

The RTO’s training and assessment strategies and practices, including the amount of training they provide, are consistent with the requirements of training packages courses and enable each student to meet the requirements for each unit of competency or module in which they are enrolled.

RTO responsibilities           

The RTO is required to:

a)    Have qualified trainers and assessors to deliver the training and assessment.

b)    Educational and support services to meet the needs of the student cohort/s undertaking the training and assessment.

c)    Learning resources to enable students to meet the requirements for each unit of competency.

d)    Facilities, whether physical or virtual, and equipment to accommodate and support the number of students undertaking the training and assessment.

Monitoring and improvement        

Continuous improvement will occur through ongoing industry consultation, feedback from students, and feedback from clients. Feedback for this training program is collected through:

-  Employer questionnaire managed by the Allens Training Pty Ltd head office.

-  Every student is given the opportunity for post course survey and these survey results are available for both the trainer and RTO to view.

-  Feedback is collected, analysed and actioned. Identified actions are documented.

Responsible parties and contact details

Compliance manager – Tracy Fry – tracy@allenstraining.com.au


Related Course Documentation

What are my rights and responsibilties as a student?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) requires that students be aware of their rights and responsibilities once they have selected their training provider. By enrolling into any of our courses you are deemed to have accepted the terms and conditions outlined in our Student Agreement

All students will be required to show proof of identification at the commencement of the course.

What should I look for when choosing a training provider?

The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has developed a fact sheet to help you to be fully informed about your decision to enrol into a course. This information can be found by clicking here.

A copy of the Student Agreement should be read before enrolling in this course.

FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic) - What skills and knowledge will I get from this course?


A person demonstrating competency in this unit must satisfy all of the elements, performance criteria and foundation skills of this unit.  If a specific volume or frequency is not stated below, then evidence must be provided that the following requirements have been performed on at least one occasion:

·          comply with applicable federal, state or territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice including WHS, environmental and organisational policies and procedures relevant to felling trees at a basic level

·          comply with organisational policies and procedures relevant to felling trees manually at a basic level

·          comply with applicable licensing or certification requirements relevant to felling trees manually

·          effectively communicate and use safe working practices, including maintaining an awareness of activity by other personnel in the work area

·          assess site conditions, by applying environmental protection measures, detecting hazards and own skill level for felling trees at a basic level

·          conduct a tree assessment

·          identify structural defects and stresses in trees and the impact on felling, including exclusion of trees from hand felling due to hazardous and difficult situations for assessment, monitoring and safe falling including a crown that contains dead or broken material, entanglement or malformation

·          plan a felling sequence for individual trees and preparing surroundings including escape route

·          fell basic trees using a appropriate cuts safely without damage to personnel, equipment and surrounding environment

·          identify trees that are hung up

·          select, prepare and maintain chainsaw equipment including recognising faults, problems and malfunctions

·          assess, plan and safely operate chainsaw equipment to manually fell trees at a basic level in forest, rural and community environments

·          use tree felling techniques including scarf cutting , back cutting to provide hinge-wood and the use of wedges to assist in controlling falling direction.



A person competent in this unit must be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

·          Workplace health and safety (WHS) requirements including:

·          PPE and clothing

·          safety equipment

·          first aid equipment

·          firefighting equipment

·          hazard and risk control procedures

·          fatigue management procedures

·          appropriate signage

·          elimination of hazardous materials and substances procedures

·          safe forest practices, including required actions relating to fire

·          techniques for manual handling, including shifting, lifting and carrying

·          types and purposes of cuts to fell trees, including scarf cutting  and back cutting to provide hinge-wood and maintain control of tree

·          typical tree defects and how these affect tree felling activities:

·          shakes

·          insect defects

·          knots and resin pockets

·          pipe

·          drysides

·          identifying trees:

·          that contain hazards and are deemed unsafe to fell

·          considered outside own skill level

·          trees where cuts made may lead to loss of control of tree in felling

·          hazards and related risks and the impact on felling trees of:

·          uneven and unstable terrain

·          unsafe trees

·          fires

·          overhead and underground services

·          excavations

·          traffic

·          structures

·          hazardous materials

·          insects and animals

·          other personnel and machinery

·          methods used to remove trees that are hung up and procedures for removal

·          methods for assessing chain condition

·          environmental protection measures to follow when felling trees related to:

·          native vegetation

·          soil and water

·          heritage and archeological artefacts

·          flora and fauna

·          geomorphologic features

·          landscape

·          external site pollution

·          recreational opportunities

·          regeneration opportunities

·          cleaning plant, tools and equipment

·          disposing of, recycling and reusing timber and other waste

·          key features of these varying environmental conditions and their effects on basic tree felling activities:

·          general forest lean

·          ground growth

·          ground hazards and obstacles

·          ground slope

·          gullies

·          presence and density of seed and habitat trees

·          water courses

·          wet and adverse weather conditions

·          wind speed and direction

·          the use of types of tools and equipment for felling trees manually, and the procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance including:

·          warning signs

·          chainsaw and components

·          PPE and clothing

·          first aid equipment

·          maintenance requirements

·          support tools.

FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic) - How will I be assessed for this course?

The following assessment tasks are required for this course:

  • Theory Questions consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions
  • Performance Tasks
  • Simulated Practical Scenarios

FWPCOT2236 Fall trees manually (basic) - Where can I access a copy of the training package?

 You can access a copy of the training package here