Maintain chainsaws

This unit describes the outcomes required to carry out maintenance of hand-held chainsaws. It relates to the maintenance and servicing requirements of chainsaw powerheads and cutting attachments; chain sharpening, cleanup, storage procedures and recording requirements General legislative, regulatory and workplace requirements apply to this unit; however there are no specific licensing or certification requirements at the time of publicationThis unit replaces FPICOT2204B Maintain chainsaws


The unit involves maintaining chainsaws in a variety of work settings including a forest environment, agricultural, workshop, horticultural and domestic settings

The skills and knowledge required for competent workplace performance are to be used within the scope of the person's job and authority


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan and prepare for maintenance

1.1. Applicable Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), environmental, legislative, organisationalrequirements and manufacturer's specifications relevant to the maintenance of chainsaws are identified and followed

1.2. Suitable personal protective equipment and/or clothing is selected, used and maintained

1.3. Job requirements are reviewed and clarified with appropriate personnel

1.4. Tools, equipment and materials are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness in line with manufacturer's recommendations and site operating procedures

1.5. Potential and existing risks and hazards in the work area are identified and controlled

2. Conduct chainsaw maintenance

2.1. Frequent/daily services are carried out in line with manufacturer's recommendations and organisational requirements

2.2. Periodic services are carried out in line with manufacturer's recommendations and organisational requirements

2.3. Chain and other components are removed, sharpened, maintained, adjusted or replaced in line with manufacturer's recommendations

2.4. Serviced chainsaw components are reassembled and checked for operational effectiveness

2.5. Chainsaw is tagged and stored

3. Complete maintenance records and clean up

3.1. Records and reports are accurately completed, processed and maintained in line with workplace procedures

3.2. Chainsaw faults, malfunctions or irregular operation are identified, tagged and reported for repair or replacement

3.3. Work area is cleared and waste materials disposed of, or recycled, in line with organisational environmentalpolicies and procedures

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Required skills

Technical skills sufficient to use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment, conduct routine maintenance procedures and to apply mechanical reasoning

Communication skills sufficient to discuss work orders with colleagues and others

Literacy skills sufficient to read and interpret work requirements and specifications and to accurately locate, record and report information

Numeracy skills sufficient to estimate, measure, calculate time required to complete a task and calculate fuel/oil ratios

Problem solving skills sufficient to troubleshoot and identify problems and equipment faults, and apply appropriate response procedures

Required knowledge

Applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices relevant to the full range of processes for maintaining chainsaws

Environmental protection requirements, including the safe disposal of waste material

Organisational and site standards, requirements, policies and procedures for maintaining chainsaws; organisational communication channels and protocols; and procedures for the recording and reporting of workplace documentation and information

Types of tools and equipment required for the maintenance of hand-held chainsaws and the procedures for their safe use, operation and maintenance

Types, functions, specifications and operational principles of chainsaws

Specifications and types of bars, chains and sprockets

Chainsaw routine maintenance procedures

Potential hazards and risks when maintaining chainsaws including fire hazards and prevention

Problem identification and resolution strategies and common fault finding techniques

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to provide evidence that they can safely carry out a maintenance service and adjustment of hand-held chainsaws

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit

The evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit must be relevant to and satisfy all of the requirements of the elements of this unit and include demonstration of:

following applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislative and regulatory requirements and codes of practice, including OHS and environmental and manufacturer's specifications relevant to maintaining chainsaws

following organisational policies and procedures relevant to workplace requirements when maintaining chainsaws

communication with others in the workplace

maintenance and adjustment procedures of chainsaws in line with manufacturer's recommendations

selection and use of appropriate tools, equipment and materials to carry out maintenance of chainsaws

identification and diagnosis of chainsaw faults, malfunctions or irregular operations

sharpening and tensioning of saw chain

application of tagging, repairing, reporting and recording processes

maintenance, storing and cleaning of tools and work area

safe disposal of waste materials

Context of and specific resources for assessment

Competency is to be assessed in the workplace or realistically simulated workplace

Assessment is to occur under standard and authorised work practices, safety requirements and environmental constraints

Assessment of required knowledge, other than confirmatory questions, will usually be conducted in an off-site context

Assessment is to comply with relevant regulatory or Australian Standards requirements

The following resources should be made available:

workplace location or simulated workplace

materials and equipment relevant to undertaking work applicable to this unit

specifications and work instructions

Method of assessment

Assessment must satisfy the endorsed Assessment Guidelines of the FPI11 Training Package

Assessment methods must confirm consistency and accuracy of performance (over time and in a range of workplace relevant contexts) together with application of required knowledge

Assessment must be by direct observation of tasks with questioning on required knowledge and it must also reinforce the integration of employability skills

Assessment methods must confirm the ability to access and correctly interpret and apply the required knowledge

Assessment may be applied under project-related conditions (real or simulated) and require evidence of process

Assessment must confirm a reasonable inference that competency is able not only to be satisfied under the particular circumstance, but is able to be transferred to other circumstances

Assessment may be in conjunction with assessment of other units of competency

The assessment environment should not disadvantage the candidate

Assessment practices should take into account any relevant language or cultural issues related to Aboriginality, gender or language backgrounds other than English

Where the participant has a disability, reasonable adjustment may be applied during assessment

Language and literacy demands of the assessment task should not be higher than those of the work role

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

OHS requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation and regulations, and organisational safety policies and procedures, and may include:

personal protective equipment and clothing

safety equipment

first aid equipment

fire fighting equipment

hazard and risk control

fatigue management

elimination of hazardous materials and substances

safe forest practices including required actions relating to forest fire

manual handling including shifting, lifting and carrying

Legislative requirements:

are to be in line with applicable Commonwealth, State or Territory legislation, regulations, certification requirements and codes of practice and may include:

Australian Standards


the environment

equal opportunity

relevant industry codes of practice

award and enterprise agreements

industrial relations

confidentiality and privacy

duty of care

heritage and traditional land owner issues

Organisational requirements may include:


organisational and site guidelines

policies and procedures relating to own role and responsibility

quality assurance

procedural manuals

quality and continuous improvement processes and standards


emergency and evacuation procedures

fire prevention procedures

recording and reporting requirements

equipment use and maintenance and storage requirements

environmental management requirements (waste disposal, recycling and re-use guidelines)

access and equity principles and practices

Chainsaws may include:

engine or electrically operated hand-held chainsaws

Appropriate personnel may include:




line management

Hazards may include

exposure to:

loud noise and exhaust fumes

mechanical vibration

hazardous substances (fuel)

cuts and hot surfaces

rotating parts

Frequent/daily services

are to be conducted in line with manufacturer's instructions and may include:

removing, checking and cleaning air filter for damage and penetration of foreign material

cleaning saw body, air intake vents and cooling fins

cleaning chain brake

inspecting chain and guide bar

checking screws/nuts for tightness

checking safety devices

filling fuel tanks and chain oil tanks

Chain checks are to be conducted in line with manufacturer's instructions and may include:

inspecting and adjusting chain

inspecting and replacing chain that is worn, damaged or incorrectly sharpened

sharpening a range of chain types and setting of depth gauges without supervision

Periodic services

are to be conducted in line with manufacturer's instructions and may include:

replacing drive sprocket

cleaning or replacing and setting spark plug

checking and replacing fuel filter

checking chain brake, oil system, flywheel assembly, anti-vibration system, muffler and spark arrestor

inspecting and replacing starter cord and starter spring

matching pitches and gauges of cutting components

dressing and cleaning cutter bar

cleaning fly wheel

removing and cleaning exhaust and fire screen

Maintenance must include:


Records and reports may include:

log book recording of maintenance outcomes, faults, malfunctions and damage, hazards and incidents

may be compiled using a computer-based system or other appropriate organisational communication system to record and report

Environmental policies and procedures may relate to:

waste disposal




Not Applicable

Competency Field

Common Technical

Employability Skills

This unit contains employability skills

Licensing Information

Refer to Unit Descriptor