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The length of time to complete this qualification is two to three (2 - 3) days face-to-face.

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* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time


Casuarina, Katherine
Not available to international students.

Course code



This course is suitable for people who would like to learn how to safely use and maintain a chainsaw. It covers the following:

  • Operational maintenance of chainsaws
  • Chain selection and sharpening
  • Select and use required PPE
  • Cutting techniques for felled timber

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Skills recognition is not applicable to this course. CDU's short courses are highly targeted courses designed to help you improve a specific skill. They will help you improve your career prospects, maintain currency in your field, or allow you to try out something completely new.


VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

The units of competency may be used towards completion of Certificate II qualifications.


2022 indicative course fee for this course at Katherine or other location by arrangement (2 units of competency) is $120 for eligible students that receive an NT Domestic Subsidised place or $1200 for Domestic Full fee places.

2022 indicative course fee for this course at Casuarina campus (1 unit of competency) is $60 for eligible students that receive an NT Domestic Subsidised place or $600 for Domestic Full fee places.

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Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

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What will I study?

To achieve the vocational training program VTP410 Operate and Maintain Chainsaws a total of one (1) to two (2) units of competency must be completed as listed below.

Course structure

Students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment upon successful completion.


The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 80.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
AHCMOM213Operate and maintain chainsaws40
FWPCOT2256Trim and cut felled trees40
 Total nominal hours for the training program80


The total Nominal Hours for this training program is 40.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
AHCMOM213Operate and maintain chainsaws40
 Total nominal hours for the training program40

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

There are no pre-requisite study or employment requirements.

    To gain entry into VTP410 - Operate and Maintain Chainsaws candidates require:
  • be 16 years or older and physically capable to use a chainsaw; and
  • not be attending secondary school; and
  • be able to demonstrate appropriate language, literacy, and numeracy skills and knowledge to undertake this course. This is demonstrated if you have completed a qualification deemed equivalent to an Australian Year 11 or higher, Australian Certificate III or higher, or by completing a Language, Literacy, and Numeracy (LLN) assessment.

*If you do not meet the entry requirements and would like to discuss your options, contact Student Central.

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LL&N) evaluation helps identify any areas where you may need additional support to help you achieve your goals.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

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Course details


This is a non-award course and a Statement of Attainment will be issued for nationally recognised units of competency successfully completed.

VET for secondary schools

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina, Katherine

Study Mode: On campus

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
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Area of study
Conservation and Land Management, Horticulture, Agriculture and Rural Operations, Science, Environmental Science and Management

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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