Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting Qualification

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting Qualification
CITY & GUILDS NPTC LEVEL 2
AWARD IN CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE
AND CROSS-CUTTING (QCF)
QAN 600/6161/3
VERSION 3
QUALIFICATION GUIDANCE
Independently Assessed
Essential Qualification Information
Not to be used by the Candidate during Assessment
You will require some of this information to accurately complete the Record of Assessment (ROA)
Qualification
Group No
Qualification
Programme No
Unit(s)
0
0
2
0
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2 0 1
2 0 2
Learning Time
(LT)
Forestry & Arboriculture Level 2
0 0 2 0
2
0
1
2
0
2
0
3
Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and
Cross-cutting
Carry out maintenance of chainsaw and
cutting system
Cross-cut timber using a chainsaw
LT 15 (2 Credits)
LT 8 (1 Credits)
(* see note on page 2)
Recommended
Assessment
Duration
2.5 – 3 hours per Candidate
City and Guilds NPTC Level 2 Award in Chainsaw maintenance and Cross-cutting (QCF)
Qualification guidance
Introduction
The scheme will be administered by City & Guilds
City & Guilds will:
Publish
- Scheme regulations
- Qualification guidance
- Training material
- Trainers support material
Approve centres to co-ordinate and administer the scheme
Set standards for the training of verifiers and assessors
Recruit, train and deploy verifiers
Manage verification
Issue certificates to successful Candidates
The Qualification
The qualification will be awarded to candidates who achieve the required level of competence in the units to which their certificate relates.
What is the Qualifications and Credits Framework?
OFQUAL have introduced the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) to increase flexibility for learners and employers. Qualifications may be built
up from individual units according to rules of combination. The units are derived from the National Occupational Standards, which are compiled by
Lantra SSC, the Sector Skills Council for the Land-based industries.
* Learning Time (LT)
Learning Time (LT) is a better indicator of the time requirement needed for a candidate to achieve competence in this qualification. It has replaced
Guided Learning Hours (GLH) which are defined as “tutor or teacher led hours”. LT is defined as “a notional measure of the learning time a
typical learner might be expected to take to complete and achieve all learning outcomes”. It takes into account prior learning and encompasses:
formal learning (including classes, tutorials, on line tuition), coaching and mentoring, practical work, relevant IT activity, information retrieval, expected
private study and revision, work-based activity which leads to assessment, practice to achieve competence, formative assessment, programme planning
and feedback.
Instruction
Attendance at a course of instruction is not a pre-requisite for an application for an assessment but potential Candidates are strongly advised to
ensure that they are up to the standards that will be expected of them when they are assessed.
Access to Assessment
Assessment centres will be responsible for arranging assessment on behalf of the Candidate.
The minimum age limit for Candidates taking Certificates of Competence is 16 years. There is no upper age limit.
The assessment is divided in to two Mandatory units:
Unit 201
Carry out Maintenance of Chainsaw and Cutting System (M)
Outcomes:
1.
Be able to work safely (M1) (Criteria 1.1 – 1.5)
2.
Be able to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system (M2) (Criteria 2.1 – 2.6)
3.
Be able to carry out operational chainsaw checks (M3) (Criteria 3.1 – 3.3)
4.
Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice (M4) (Criteria 4.1 – 4.5)
5.
Know how to carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system (M5) (Criteria 5.1 – 5.7)
Unit 202
Cross-cut Timber Using a Chainsaw (CC)
Outcomes:
1.
Be able to work safely (CC1) (Criteria 1.1 – 1.4)
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Be able to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw (CC2) (Criteria 2.1 – 2.8)
3.
Know relevant health and safety legislation and industry good practice (CC3) (Criteria 3.1 – 3.4)
4.
Know how to cross-cut timber using a chainsaw (CC4) (Criteria 4.1 – 4.6)
Quality Assurance
Verification is a process of monitoring assessment; it is an essential check to confirm that the assessment procedures are being carried out in the way
City & Guilds has laid down. The overall aim of verification is to establish a system of quality assurance that is acceptable in terms of both credibility and
cost effectiveness.
Approved Assessors will be subject to a regular visit by the verifier at a time when assessments are being undertaken.
A selection of assessment reports completed by the Assessor will be evaluated by a City & Guilds approved verifier.
Compliance with the verification requirements is a pre-requisite for Assessors remaining on the list of approved Assessors.
After assessment has been completed the Qualification Guidance is to be forwarded to the centre and retained by the centre until after the annual
centre visit has taken place by a Quality Systems Consultant (QSC).
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Performance Evaluation
The result of each assessment activity is evaluated against the following criteria:
M=
Met
Meets or exceeds the assessment criteria by displaying a level of practical performance and/or underpinning knowledge.
If the Criterion has been MET, a tick  is to be put in the box provided in the left-hand column.
NM =
Not Met Does not satisfy the requirements of the assessment criteria, being unable to perform the practical task satisfactorily or safely or
being
deficient in underpinning knowledge.
If the Criterion is NOT MET, a cross  is to be put in the box provided in the left-hand column.
Appeals and Equal Opportunities
Centres must have their own auditable, appeals procedures. If a Candidate is not satisfied with the examination conditions or a Candidate feels the
opportunity for examination is being denied, the Centre Manager should, in the first instance, address the problem. If, however the problem cannot be
resolved, City & Guilds will arbitrate and an external verifier may be approached to offer independent advice. All appeals must be clearly documented by
the Centre Manager and made available to the external verifier or City & Guilds if advice is required.
Should occasions arise when centres are not satisfied with any aspect of the external verification process, they should contact Verification Services at
City & Guilds.
Access to the qualification is open to all, irrespective of gender, race, creed, age or special needs. The Centre Manager should ensure that no learner is
subjected to unfair discrimination on any grounds in relation to access to assessment and to the fairness of the assessment. QCA requires City & Guilds
to monitor centres to check whether equal opportunities policies are being adhered to.
Additional Information
May be sought from the relevant manufacturer’s operator manuals or any other appropriate training or safety publication.
Questions should be related to the background or employment aspirations of the candidate and, where possible, product labels used should be
representative of products typically used in that sector or industry.
Candidates who undertake this assessment and have met the requirements are reminded of their legal obligation to receive/undertake appropriate
additional training in the use of any equipment that differs from that used during the assessment, but which they are nevertheless qualified to use.
Assessment Guidance for the Assessor
This qualification can only be assessed by an Assessor who is suitably qualified and meets the requirements of the awarding body. The Assessor must
be independent and cannot have been involved with the training of the Candidate. Please see City & Guilds Centre Manual for guidance.
The Candidate is to be notified of the place and time of assessment and when formal assessment commences and ceases.
Assessors are reminded that assessment is a formal process and that assessment must be carried out using this Qualification Guidance. All relevant
assessment criteria must be assessed against the criterion as specified in the Qualification Guidance. Assessment will be carried out by direct
observation and by oral questioning of the Candidate. Where a specific number of responses are required theses may include other suitable
answers not specified if they are deemed to be correct by the Assessor. The performance of the Candidate is to be recorded on the Qualification
Guidance as directed by completing the tick boxes. Space has been provided on the Qualification Guidance for the person assessing to record relevant
information which can be utilised to provide feedback to the Candidate. After assessment has been completed the Qualification Guidance document is
to be retained by the assessor and provided if required by a Quality Systems consultant (QSC).
Assessment Guidance for Candidate
A list of registered assessment centres is available from City & Guilds Land Based Services. (www.nptc.org.uk)
Assessment is a process by which it is confirmed that the candidate is competent in the unit(s) within the award to which the assessment relates. It is
the process of collecting evidence about his/her capabilities and judging whether that evidence is sufficient to attribute competence.
The Candidate must be registered through the City & Guilds approved assessment centre for this qualification prior to the assessment.
The results of the assessment will be recorded on the Record of Assessment form (ROA).
The qualification guidance contains criteria relating to:
 Observation of practical performance
 Assessment of underpinning knowledge
Assessment and Site Requirements:
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The assessment for unit 201 should ideally be undertaken under workshop conditions. Maintenance of the saw can be completed at the work site,
if the saw can be held securely for sharpening and the assessment can be conducted effectively without compromising other site work activities.
The candidate should be equipped with a chainsaw appropriate to their normal working environment in good condition with a maximum
recommended guidebar length of 380mm (15”).
The candidate should be equipped with the correct tools, equipment, product and maintenance manuals appropriate to the model of the saw to
enable the chainsaw to be maintained and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidance.
Maintenance sections of the assessment can be completed on components from other machinery if required.
Sufficient working space must be provided to each learner to allow the assessment to be conducted effectively without comprising other work site
or assessment activities.
Assessors should complete a pre-use inspection of all work equipment intended to be used during the course of the assessment. Ensuring
equipment meets the requirements of suitability in terms of size, condition, safety features etc.
The candidate should be equipped with sufficient fuel and oil, appropriate to the make and model of the chainsaw.
Warning signs must be erected as appropriate to risk assessment.
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Open outdoor area to allow the safe fuelling, starting and operational checks of machinery to be undertaken in accordance with industry good
practice.
The candidate should be equipped with the correct tools if required for any remedial maintenance activity.
The candidate should be equipped with any necessary aid tools for the lifting, carrying or movement of timber.
Sufficient timber of suitable dimensions (200mm-380mm/8-15” diameter) and finish appropriate to the candidates normal working environment
should be available to allow cuts to be completed safely and the cut produce stacked accordingly.
The length and weight of the timber must be sufficient to exert tension and compression forces, which has the potential to trap the saw requiring
the use of hand tools to release the trapped saw.
Sufficient working space must be provided to each candidate to allow the assessment to be conducted effectively without comprising other work
site or assessment activities. E.g. multiple assessments being completed at one time.
Assessors should complete a pre-use inspection of all work equipment intended to be used during the course of the assessment. Ensuring
equipment meets the requirements of suitability in terms of size, condition, safety features etc.
Warning signs must be erected as appropriate to risk assessment.
Candidates will need to undertake a minimum of 10 severing cuts, maximum 20.
Four cuts undertaken must be under tension/compression minimum 4 maximum 8
Two bore cuts must be demonstrated, maximum of 4.
Chainsaw Safe Practice
At all times during the assessment, equipment must be used in accordance with industry good practice, whatever the task being carried out.
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Assessors must hold a current ‘First Aid at Work’ Certificate.
2.
All chainsaws used in assessments must comply with relevant Arboriculture and Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG) guidance and HSE
Chainsaws at Work INDG317(rev1), in terms of safety features, and be a model and size suited to the task(s) required.
4.
Recommended guide bar lengths should be observed, although variations may be accepted at the discretion of the assessor where this is
appropriate to the task.
5.
Candidates should be familiar with the machinery, equipment and tools that they are going to use.
6.
During chainsaw based assessments a spare working chainsaw must be available.
7.
Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must be worn at all times by both the candidate and the assessor. All PPE used must
comply with relevant AFAG guidance, industry good practice, Health and Safety Executive publications and current legal requirements in
terms of specification and use.
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A First Aid kit meeting current regulations, of the appropriate size for the number of persons on site, must be available, along with appropriate
fire fighting and suitable welfare facilities e.g. hand cleansing wipes.
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The use of personal first aid kits must be line with current industry good practice.
10.
The assessor must ensure a site specific risk assessment has been carried out, sufficient control measures implemented and appropriate
emergency procedures recorded. All recorded risk assessment information should be clearly legible and accessible to candidates and
completed for all locations where assessment activities are scheduled to take place.
11.
Manual handling techniques must comply with current legislation and industry good practice.
12.
Any necessary permission must have been granted, and notifications made as appropriate.
13.
All equipment being used for this assessment must comply with relevant legislative requirements.
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Information may be sought from the relevant operator manuals or any other appropriate training or safety publication.
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The current regulations for transport, handling and storage of fuel and oils must be complied with.
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Provision must be made to avoid the risk of environmental pollution.
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It is the responsibility of the assessor and the candidate to ensure that any additional requirements and provisions are met as relevant to this
qualification.
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At all times during the assessment, candidates must act in a way so as not to endanger themselves, the assessor or any other person or
equipment. Work must be carried out to achieve the requirements of the assessment criteria in accordance with all relevant and current
legislation and good practice guidance.
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If required, relevant records must be accurately kept.
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Appropriate steps should be taken to maintain effective teamwork in respect of other persons on site during the assessment.
21.
Any appropriate item of machinery complying with current legal requirements is acceptable for the assessment, provided it is suitably
equipped for all assessment activities to be carried out.
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All equipment being used for this assessment must comply with the relevant requirements of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment
Regulations (PUWER) 1998.
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A breach of Health and Safety that puts any person at risk during the assessment process will result in the assessment being
terminated and the Candidate not meeting the required standard.
This may include taking steps to ensure effective communication and safety precautions.
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
1.1
M1
CC1
Identify the hazards and
risks associated with the
working area and the
proposed work
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
Three hazards and risks with
the working area
Three hazards and risks with
the proposed work
(RISK ASSESSMENT)
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Identify hazards (anything with the potential to cause
harm) and risks (who might be harmed and how),
relevant to:
 the work area
 the work to be done
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4.2/3.2
M4
CC3
Outline the emergency
procedures relevant to the
working area
State five
(EMERGENCY
PROCEDURES)
Emergency procedures relevant to a work site may
include:
 location name
 grid reference
 designated meeting place
 site location name
 nearest access point
 street name/district
 type of access (public road/light vehicles, fourwheel drive)
 suitable helicopter landing area
 phone number of nearest doctor
 location of nearest accident and emergency
hospital and phone number
 works manager contact details
 your own contact number/mobile number
 other
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4.1/3.1
M4
CC3
Outline key health and
safety legislation and
industry good practice
(LEGISLATION)
Two points from
Outline key points from the legislation and industry
good practice listed below:
Health and Safety at Work
Act 1974;
Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA):
 general duties for employers and employees
 maintain safe places of work
 other
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Provision and Use of Work
Equipment Regulations 1998
(PUWER 98);
One purpose of Arboriculture
Forestry Advisory Group
(AFAG)
1.3
M1
CC1
Work in a way which
maintains health and
safety and is consistent
with relevant legislation
and industry good practice
Assessor to observe
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
(PUWER):
 operators adequately trained
 equipment fit for purpose
 other
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Arboriculture Forestry Advisory Group (AFAG)
information
 providers of industrial good practice
 other
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all activities must be completed in a way which
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
1.4
Carry out work to minimise
environmental damage
M1
CC1
1.2
M1
CC1
5.6
M5
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
Assessor to observe
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
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(ENVIRONMENTAL
AWARENESS)
Use appropriate tools,
equipment and Personal
Protective Equipment
(PPE)
(TOOLS, EQUIPMENT &
PPE)
Explain why it is important
to maintain chainsaws to
manufacturer’s
recommendations
CANDIDATE
A B C D
it is ensured that any possible environmental
damage is minimised at all times during chainsaw
maintenance activities
Met  Not Met X
Assessor to observe and risk
assess
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all tools, equipment and Personal Protective
Equipment is used in line with industry good
practice e.g. AFAG/INDG
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One reason
(MANUFACTURERS
RECOMMENDATIONS)
The importance of maintaining chainsaws to
manufacturers recommendations may include:
 safe to use
 reduces machinery repair downtime
 other
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5.1
Explain the function(s) of
all the safety features
M5
(EXPLAIN SAFETY
FEATURES)
State all
Explain the function of all chainsaw safety features:
 on/off switch – stops engine
 combined chain brake and front hand guard –
stops the chain rotating and protects the hand
 exhaust - directing away from the operator
 rear chain breakage guard – protects the rear
hand
 chain with low- kickback characteristics – reduces
kickback
 anti-vibration mounts – reduces vibration
 throttle trigger lockout – stops accidental throttle
operation
 guide bar cover – protects and covers
 chain catcher – catches a derailed chain
 hand/eye/ear defender symbols – provides
mandatory information
Met  Not Met X
2.1
M2
Check all safety features
on the chainsaw are
present and not damaged
Assessor to observe
(IDENTIFY SAFETY
FEATURES)
All safety features are present and not damaged in line
with HSE Chainsaws at Work INDG317:
 on/off switch
 combined chain brake and front hand guard
 exhaust (directing away from the operator)
 rear chain breakage guard
 chain with low- kickback characteristics
 anti-vibration mounts
 throttle trigger lockout
 guide bar cover
 chain catcher
 safety decals, hand/eye/ear defender symbols
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5.7
M5
State steps to be taken
when a chainsaw is not
repairable, faulty or nonoperational
Two responses
(FAULTY CHAINSAW)
2.2
M2
Select appropriate
maintenance tools for the
power unit and cutting
systems in accordance
with operators handbook
Assessor to observe
Steps to take when a chainsaw is not repairable, faulty
or non-operational may include:
 labelling of the chainsaw and removing from
service
 operator maintenance
 arranging for repair of the chainsaw
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chainsaw power unit and guidebar/chain are
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
5.2
Explain the function and
maintenance requirements
of individual components
M5
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ASSESSOR
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ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
All aspects explained
colour of spark plug deposits
is to be mentioned
spark plug
air filter
chainbrake
cooling system
exhaust system
clutch/drive system
sprocket
starter mechanism
greasing/lubrication
guide bar
chain
Fuel and oil filters
(EXPLAIN
MAINTENANCE)
Spark plug:
 provides ignition, maintenance may include
inspection, cleaning and checking of electrode
gap. Comment made upon colour of spark plug
deposits
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Air filter:
 prevents debris entering the carburettor and helps
maintain the correct air/fuel ratio, maintenance
may include inspection and thorough cleaning
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Chainbrake:
 stops the chain, maintenance may include
inspection of the chainbrake system, cleaning or
replacement
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Cooling system:
 keeps the engine cool and prevents the engine
from over heating. Maintenance may include
inspection, and cleaning
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Exhaust system:
 directs fumes away from the operator,
maintenance may include inspection, security of
nuts/bolts and removal of residue
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Clutch/drive system:
 provides drive to the chain; maintenance may
include inspection, cleaning and removal of the
clutch
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Sprocket:
 drives/pushes the chain along the guidebar,
maintenance may include inspection and
replacement due to wear exceeding
manufacturers tolerances
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Starter mechanism:
 engages the flywheel, maintenance may include
cleaning, inspection
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Greasing/lubrication:
 may help prevent excessive wear of components
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Guidebar:
 carries the chain; maintenance may include
inspection, general upkeep, cleaning or
replacement
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Chain:
 carries the cutting components; maintenance may
include inspection and sharpening
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Fuel and oil filters:
 prevent debris entering engine components,
maintenance may include cleaning as appropriate
or replacement
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2.3
M2
Maintain power unit in
accordance with operators
handbook using
appropriate tools
(MAINTAIN POWER UNIT)
Continued
The candidate is to be
questioned about
sprocket/clutch removal along
with oil and fuel filter
maintenance rather than
actually perform the
replacement
Spark plug:
 engine cover and spark plug removed
 plug cleaned or replaced as necessary
 wear/damage assessed
 gap size checked and set if necessary
Air filter:
 excess debris removed from around filter prior to
removal
 filter removed, protecting carburettor
 filter inspected maintained and cleaned
appropriate to condition
 filter refitted correctly
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
Cont…
2.3
M2
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Chainbrake:
 clear debris from chain brake mechanism /clutch
housing
 chain brake band checked for wear
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 remove covers where appropriate and remove
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 check all nuts and bolts for security
 remove excess residue from the silencer
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Clutch/drive system
Inboard clutch:
 remove retaining clip
 dismantle sprocket assembly
 sprocket checked for wear and condition
 clean crankshaft stub and grease needle cage
where appropriate
 re-assemble
Outboard clutch:
 if appropriate piston locked as per manufactures
guidance
 unscrew clutch weights according to
manufacturers guidance
 clean crankshaft stub and grease needle cage
where appropriate
 re-assemble
Sprocket:
 sprocket checked for wear and condition
Starter mechanism:
 starter cover removed and air ways cleared
 cord and coil spring released
 cord inspected for wear
 cord and coil spring re-tensioned
 re-coil checked to ensure spring tension is
correctly applied
 pull toggle checked for security
Greasing/lubrication (as appropriate):
 greasing of component parts as appropriate
Fuel and oil filter:
 fuel/oil cap removed
 filter located and removed where applicable from
tank using appropriate tool
 condition of filter determined
 cleaning procedures using non flammable
detergents followed by rinsing and drying or
replacement as appropriate
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5.5
M5
Identify different chain
types and their application
(CUTTER TYPES)
Chisel
Semi-chisel
Cutter types may include:
 chisel chain
 semi-chisel chain
 application may depend on experience of the
operator, timber type and personal preference
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NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
5.4
Explain how to select the
correct filing information for
chain and why this is
necessary
Learners are expected to talk
through the file selection
process with the assessor
and are only expected to
obtain the filing information
required for their chain
M5
(FILING INFORMATION)
Two reasons filing angles
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
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CANDIDATE
A B C D
Explain how to select the correct file size and
identify the required sharpening angles through
use of chain charts, manufactures information,
chain box etc. for the chain being sharpened
Reasons for maintaining correct filing angles may
include:
 enhances cutting performance
 ensures chain is sharpened as per manufacturers
recommendations
 other
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One reason cutter length
Two reasons depth gauge
Equal cutter length prevents:
 increased vibration
 inaccurate cutting
 increased risk of kick back
 other
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 reduces the risk of kick back
 reduces chain vibration
 achieves optimum cutting speed
 other
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2.4
M2
Maintain cutting system in
accordance with operators
handbook using
appropriate tools
(MAINTAIN BAR & CHAIN)
Assessor to observe
In accordance with the manufacturers
recommendations guidebar maintenance should
include:
 identification of uneven and damaged rails and
maintain as appropriate
 checking the straightness of bar
 checking the bar groove depth
 Identification of any blueing, cracking and burring
 removal of burrs
 clearing the bar groove and oil holes
 Inspecting the sprocket nose for security and
condition
 greasing the bar nose sprocket if applicable
 turning the bar following maintenance to reduce
wear
In accordance with the manufacturers
recommendations chain maintenance should include:
 checking cutters for damage and selecting the
first cutter to sharpen
 having the chain secured in a chain vice or on bar
in a bench vice or timber vice
 selecting and using a file of the correct size with a
handle fitted to sharpen all of the cutters
 maintenance of top and side plate angles
throughout sharpening of the whole chain
 ensuring a consistent cutter length is maintained
 removing burrs when applicable
 maintaining the height and profile of depth gauges
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
5.3
M5
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
Describe the problems
encountered when chain
and guide bar are worn,
damaged or poorly
maintained
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
Three for guide bar
(BAR & CHAIN
PROBLEMS)
Three for chain
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Problems that may be encountered when a guidebar is
worn, damaged or poorly maintained may include:
 chainsaw does not cut in a straight line
 over-heating of the guidebar
 poor lubrication of the chain
 increased chain, bar and sprocket wear
 other
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Problems that may be encountered when a chain is
worn, damaged or poorly maintained may include:
 poor cutting performance/reduced efficiency
 saw not cutting in straight line
 increased risk of kick back
 increased wear to chain, bar and sprocket
 increased risk of chain breakage
 increased vibration and thus the risk of ‘white
finger’
 other
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2.5
M2
2.6
M2
4.4
M4
1.5
M1
Reassemble chainsaw and
cutting system to
functional/operational
standard
Assessor to carry out a
physical inspection of the
chainsaw following
maintenance
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(REASSEMBLE SAW)
Clean and tidy working
area
Assessor to observe
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(CLEAN WORK AREA)
Describe the correct
methods for disposing of
waste
Two methods
Assessor to observe
Disposal of waste from maintenance activities may
include:
 use of designated waste/recycle bins
 waste oils placed in approved containers for
disposal
 other
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(WASTE DISPOSAL)
4.5
Identify appropriate
personal protective
equipment
M4
(CHAINSAW PPE)
maintenance area is left in a clean and tidy state
with tools and equipment appropriately cleared
away
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(WASTE DISPOSAL
METHODS)
Dispose of waste safely in
line with legislation
upon completion of maintenance activities the
chainsaw including the bar and chain is
reassembled in line with the operators handbook
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All waste produced from maintenance activities is
disposed of in line with legislation, good practice
and/or site requirements
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display a chainsaw pictogram where appropriate
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Appropriate PPE for chainsaw operations will include:
 chainsaw safety trousers
 chainsaw safety boots
 safety helmet
 eye and ear protection
 gloves appropriate for the task
 non-snag outer clothing
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NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
4.3/3.4
Describe how
environmental damage can
be caused and minimised
M4
CC3
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
One cause
(ENVIRONMENTAL
DAMAGE)
One prevention
3.1/2.1
M3
CC2
2.3/3.1
Carry out pre-start checks
and setting of the machine
for use
Assessor to observe
(PRE START CHECKS)
Demonstrate safe starting
of the chainsaw
Assessor to observe
CC2
M3
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Environmental damaged may be caused by:
 incorrect storage of fuel and oil
 defective machinery
 poor work practices
 other
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 following principles of industry good practice
 good housekeeping
 appropriately trained operators
 other
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Pre start checks and setting of the machine to include:
 chain tension and condition checked for safe and
effective use
 safety features checked for condition and function
 external nuts and bolts checked for security
 chainsaw contains sufficient fuel and chain oil for
operations
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The safe starting procedure of a chainsaw should
include:
 correct PPE worn
 remove guidebar cover
 place saw on ground, where appropriate,
ensuring no debris can catch the chain
 secure rear handle
 controls set as recommended by the
manufacturer
 ensure chain brake set according to
manufacturer’s recommendations
 adopt safe stance
 find compression pulling starter cord sharply and
firmly
 choke released when engine fires
 half throttle released when engine runs
Post starting checks of a chainsaw should include:
 ensuring the saw chain stops when the engine
revs return to idle
 ensuring the chain brake functions according to
the manufacturer’s specification
 ensuring the stop switch works correctly
 ensuring lubrication to the guide bar and chain is
working properly
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2.2
Inspect timber to identify
tension and compression
The assessor will choose
timber on site suitable for
identification
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candidate to inspect the timber to identify points of
tension and compression prior to crosscutting
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CC2
4.1
CC4
Continued
Describe tension and
compression in timber
The assessor will choose
timber on site suitable for
explanation
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 found on the outside edge of strained timber and
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NUMBER
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
State the procedure for
removing trapped saw
Cont…
4.1
CC4
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Trapped saw:
 first switch off engine and/or apply chain brake
 lever the timber to open the cut
 drive a wedge into the closed kerf
 withdraw the saw
 use another saw to free the trapped saw cutting
the timber at least 300mm (12”) from the trapped
saw
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2.4
CC2
Cross-cut timber to length
using a chainsaw in
accordance with the job
specification
The length and weight of the
timber must be sufficient to
exert tension and
compression forces, which
has the potential to trap the
saw.
Candidates will need to
undertake a minimum of 10
severing cuts, maximum 20.
Four cuts undertaken must
be under
tension/compression
minimum 4 maximum 8
2.5
CC2
4.2
CC4
Use appropriate boring
cuts to initiate either
tension or compression
cuts
Minimum of two bore cuts
must be demonstrated,
maximum of four
State recognised methods
required to cross-cut
timber above guide bar
length
Two methods
Crosscutting of timber to length should include:
 ensuring appropriate safe working distances from
both fuel and other operators is maintained
 correct use of PPE
 timber is in a safe and appropriate position
 safe starting procedure adopted
 safe stance adopted including:
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legs and feet are clear of the chain
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chainsaw is stable/secure/supported
during crosscutting
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minimal risk of muscular/skeletal injury
 bar aligned to maintain accuracy
 head out of line of chain
 use of throttle to cut safely and efficiently
 cutting techniques employed to complete
severance of timber
 appropriate boring technique used if applicable
 sequence of cuts undertaken to prevent saw
becoming trapped
 appropriate aids used for lifting, rolling or levering
if applicable
 accuracy of measurement within site specification
and reasonable tolerances
 tension and compression cuts should meet
 chain brake used appropriately
 saw switched off and left in safe position, bar
cover replaced if appropriate
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4.6
CC4
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Timber above guide bar length may be crosscut by:
use of reduction cuts
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rolling timber over
cutting from both sides
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Ergonomic work methods may be applied through:
 providing work areas at a comfortable height to
avoid stooping
 operators working in a pattern to prevent
unnecessary repetitive movements
 attempting to replace manual labour with
machinery use where possible
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CRITERIA
NUMBER
4.4
ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA
Explain how to grade and
present logs for extraction
and further processing
ASSESSOR
GUIDANCE
One grading
CC4
One presentation
ASSESSMENT
ACTIVITIES
CANDIDATE
A B C D
Grading may include:
 firewood, chip, pulp, sawlogs etc
 graded/sorted in line with end use/client need
 other
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Presentation of logs may include:
 shortwood techniques
 stacking for firewood or further processing
 other
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4.3
CC4
Describe how to safely
move timber
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Two examples of each
by hand
with the use of aid tools
mechanical assistance
By hand:
 moving timber within the operators personal lifting
capacity
 lightest to the heaviest
 use of safe lifting techniques
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dragging
rolling
lifting
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 ensuring operators are outside of machinery risk
zones
 communication established with machine operator
 machines capabilities not exceeded
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2.6
CC2
Stack produce for
subsequent operations
using appropriate aids and
tools
Assessor to observe
Stacking of timber should take into account:
 use of appropriate aids to handle / move products
 correct stance during lifting
 avoiding excessive lifting by levering, sliding,
rolling
 quality of stacking must be to an agreed job
specification
 tidy stacking of timber
 position of stack appropriate to method of
extraction
 manually constructed stacks are limited to 1 metre
high
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2.8
Clean and tidy working
area
Assessor to observe
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area is to be left in a clean and tidy state with
tools and equipment appropriately cleared away
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CC2
2.7
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Check timber is in an
appropriate and safe
position
timber should be left in a safe, stable condition
and appropriate position
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CC2
4.5
CC4
State precautions to take
to avoid uncontrolled
timber movement
One precaution
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Moving timber safely may include the following
techniques:
Uncontrolled timber movement may be avoided by:
 ensuring manual stacking does not exceed 1m in
height
 using site features such as tree stumps to brace
timber behind
 avoiding stacking of timber on steep slopes or
unsecure ground
 improving site safety through the use of
appropriate signage
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Summary of Assessment (The Assessor is to complete the following as appropriate)
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Tick
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Candidate A
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Signed:
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Candidate B
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Tick
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Candidate C
Candidate has met all of the assessment criteria
Tick
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Candidate D
Tick
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The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
Tick
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The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
Tick
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Date:
Tick
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Signed:
The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
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Date:
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Signed:
Tick
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Date:
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Signed:
The Candidate has not met all of the assessment criteria; (state
reason(s))
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Date:
For use by Internal Verifier ONLY if the assessment process was internally verified
(Internal Verifier to complete ONE of the boxes below)
I observed an assessment process taking place and I am satisfied that the assessment was conducted in line with the qualification requirements
and that the judgement of the Assessor was appropriate.
Tick
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I observed an assessment process taking place. The following were noted as areas of concern.
Tick
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Signed:
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Date:
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