Basic Chainsaw Operator Training

This course educates participants in safe work procedures and saw handling principles necessary to safely operate a chainsaw. While developed for the forest industry, the course is open to anyone. This basic training does NOT qualify participants to produce bucking cuts on steep terrain nor to fall trees, where more advanced skills training is required.

This course is available in English only. Participants will receive a wallet card and certificate of completion after successfully finishing the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • After completing this training, you should be able to:
  • Identify related Occupational Health and Safety regulations
  • Perform essential saw maintenance, correct chain filing procedures and safe cutting techniques
  • Identify bucking and limbing hazards and complete basic chainsaw bucking cuts on level terrain in forestry operations and similar activities, and for completing basic chainsaw cuts in manufacturing plants

Course Outline

Duration & Delivery

Two days, primarily in-field with some classroom instruction.

Session Dates & Locations

Courses are not formally scheduled by the BCFSC. Sessions are arranged by request through authorized trainers. 

Contact the course trainer, Steve Telosky, by phone at (250) 287-0458 or email

Additional Information

Trainers will advise participants what to bring to the course. There is currently one active trainer - Steve Telosky.

To discuss course content email

Cost & Enrollment

Course costs is set by authorized trainers based on class size and location.

To discuss course content, phone Steve Telosky at (250) 287-0458 or email