Chainsaw training – what you need to know

Chainsaws are dangerous if not used correctly
Chainsaws are dangerous if not used correctly

Most farms possess a chainsaw, which can be used for cutting firewood, topping fence posts, thinning coppices and felling large trees.

No forestry machinery, particularly the farm chainsaw, should be used without adequate training, an understanding of the risks involved, the correct protective clothing and proper communication arrangements.

Chainsaws are potentially very dangerous machines and can cause fatal or major injuries if not used correctly. It is essential that anyone who uses one at work receives adequate training and is competent in using a chainsaw for the type of work that they are required to do. This includes people working in agriculture, horticulture, local authorities, conservation, construction and the land-based industry.

At Lantra, we work closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to ensure that our materials reflect current safe working practices. We offer a range of chainsaw courses, from basic training, to specialist training for those working in forestry and arboriculture.

In addition, we offer a Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting training course for occasional users. This course is designed to provide users with the appropriate techniques and safety guidelines to ensure they are not only confident when using a chainsaw, but also aware of relevant health and safety guidelines to ensure their protection.

(It is recommended that anyone using a chainsaw in a professional capacity registers for our Lantra Awards Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting training course and the Lantra Awards Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting qualification).

All Lantra Awards courses provide an opportunity for candidates to gain an industry recognised certificate and the training includes theory and practical activities during the day.

To find a local Lantra Awards provider offering this training, visit, or contact the Northern Ireland office on or 07867 908 171.