Chain Saw Specialist

Accidents involving chain saw are a significant concern for tree care and landscape employers, the employees who operate the equipment, and manufacturers alike.

Strong anecdotal information from the field tells us that chain saw operators receive little or no formal training on chain saw operation and field maintenance. TCIA’s Tree Care Academy Chain Saw Specialist course is designed to train tree care employees in hazards, as well as accepted practices for chain saw operation and other associated tasks.  The course, which is built for crew members who often do not receive formal training opportunities, will increase employee involvement with overall safety compliance and self-policing.

Visit our training center to find upcoming Chain Saw Specialist workshops.

The course covers:

  • Hazard awareness
  • Procedures for chain saw operation and maintenance.
    • Correct PPE for chain saw operators.
    • Use of chaps and leg protection.
    • Use of a chain saw aloft.
    • Communicating with crew members for fellers, climbers, and bucket operators.
    • Bucking, felling, and pruning cut techniques.

CEUs: 3.5 ISA CEUs / 3.5 CTSP CEUs


Interested workers should stay tuned for workshops in their area. Visit our Training Center for a complete list of upcoming workshops.

Once a candidate completes the tests and the employer verification of competency checklist in the Chain Saw Specialist manual, TCIA will grade the exam, record the competency, and issue a certificate of completion, as well as a laminated wallet card, arm patch and helmet decal.

Candidates’ transcripts are maintained in the TCIA database, and they receive on-demand notification of transcript status via TCIA’s toll free number.


Use the employer verification of competency checklist provided in the Chain Saw Specialist manual to verify and document that the enrollee has learned the required skills to operate a chain saw.

Enrollment and Benefits:

Our low enrollment fee includes the Chain Saw Specialist manual and:

  • Test correction by TCIA
  • Transcript storage in TCIA database
  • Helmet Decal, Certificate, Wallet Card upon completion

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