Chainsaw Online Trainer Certification

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Chainsaw Safety Online Trainer certification + training kit, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. See all of our chainsaw safety trainings.

  • OSHA-Authorized: Complies with all applicable OSHA Requirements and regulations.
  • Instant Access: Immediate access to the trainer's eLearning course and trainer's teaching materials.
  • Everything You Need: All the training materials needed to train a trainer & the trainer to train others. Learn More.


What’s in the Chainsaw Safety TTT Course?

Our chainsaw safety training course is OSHA Aligned. This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by OSHA.

Course Goals:

  • Understand the importance chainsaw safety and how it affects you
  • Understand how to properly inspect and care for your chainsaw
  • Understand what hazards you should be looking out for during operations
  • Understand how to plan a tree felling operations and how to direct a tree’s fall

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 90 – 120 min.

Intended Audience:

    • Employees

OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:

  • 29 CFR 1910.266 – Logging Operations
  • 241 FW 12 – Chainsaw Safety (non-fire)

The Best Online Train the Trainer Program—Chainsaw Safety Course

What is train the trainer? Simply put, a trainer takes the online course to become more familiar with the topic and learn how to teach the required topics. This offers a thorough, cost-effective way for trainers and employers to increase their knowledge and more effectively train and/or certify their crew. Our Train the Trainer courses are designed for companies with employees who have experience with the subject matter, but simply need or want a third-party trainer certificate.

Once you have completed the Trainer Certification course and passed the exam, you will have immediate electronic access to our DIY training kit, which gives you everything you need to conduct training classes on as often as needed. These materials are reusable and customizable. We have fine-tuned our kits to provide you with the best training experience possible. They include accident profiles, videos, and other tools to help learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing tragic accidents or costly fines.

Train the Trainer Course Contents: Of course, every training kit is a little different. But, generally speaking, they consist of (but are not limited to) the following materials:

  • Pertinent standards and regulations
  • The customizable PowerPoint presentation
  • A quick-reference guide for learners
  • Written exams with answer keys
  • Practical evaluation checklist
  • Pre-shift inspection booklets
  • Classroom forms for proper recordkeeping
  • Full-sized certificates and wallet card templates for learners

Do take not that, while the online “trainer” portion of this course never expires, standards dictate that safety certification be completed at least once every three years (unless otherwise stated). These courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill regulation's requirements for up to three years.

Remember, safety training is an investment. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.



Chainsaw Certification – Train the Trainer Certification

Becoming a trainer is ultimately an employer designation. For those who are becoming trainers on their own, you simply have to be able to justify why you are competent enough to be a trainer. Regulating organizations typically want you to have experience and training. While we travel the country certifying trainers, the online training course is an easy and cost-effective way to help employers make the designation by offering the required training.

We send our trainers all over the country training both operators and trainers. And even though OSHA does not require a chainsaw train the trainer certification (they are more interested in what topics are being trained on), many companies and individuals feel more comfortable going through the trainer program from a well-established, industry-recognized training company like us. But it doesn’t always make sense financially for companies.  That is why we’ve created the option to get certified online. If you are comfortable training and comfortable with the equipment, you can simply purchase the online trainer course, get your certificate and training kit, and start training. It is a very cost-effective way to go.

Why buy our Chainsaw Train the Trainer Certification Course?

Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs. Our unique online training program has been fine tuned to provide you with the best training experience possible.

What’s in the Chainsaw Train the Trainer Course?

The online course consists of several modules, but two main sections:

  • How to Train
    • OSHA requirements
    • Trainer Responsibilities
    • Record Keeping
    • Classroom set-up
    • Using and Customizing Training Materials
  • Chainsaw Standards
    • Introduction
    • Anatomy
    • PPE
    • Operations
    • Hazards
    • Conclusion
    • Final Exam

In a nutshell, the trainer will take the online training course to become more familiar with the equipment and learn how to teach the required topics. Once completed, they will gain access their certificate of completion, as well as the chainsaw training kit, which is a download file that contains all training material necessary to train your chainsaw operators, including an in-depth powerpoint presentation. See more details on the chainsaw training kit here.

How does a Train the Trainer course work? 1. Take the online trainer course at your own pace (3 hours total is typical). Quiz questions along the way prepare you for the final exam. 2. Instant access to your safety certification, wallet card, and training kit materials (to use when training others) is granted once the online trainer course is completed and the subsequent online exam passed. 3. Congratulations! You've earned your lifetime trainer certification and may train your workers whenever you need. Additional Information

Chainsaw Certification & Safety Training Course

What Is a Chainsaw?

Chainsaws are among the most commonly used power tools in and out of the workplace. However, if not used appropriately, they can be one of the most dangerous machines to use.

Who Can Operate a Chainsaw?

Before anyone uses a chainsaw they need to know how to safely operate it. The operator must also know what protective equipment to wear during operation. If the operator is new, a supervisor should be appointed to observe and correct them if they are not being safe.

Why Do I Need Chainsaw Safety Training?

There are many hazards associated with chainsaw work, ranging from head injuries and severed limbs to being crushed by a falling tree. Chainsaw operations necessitate preparation, self-awareness, and caution. Don’t let the machine’s simplicity or size make you complacent or unduly comfortable. A single moment can alter the course of your operation.

However, you can still be safe while using a chainsaw if you plan ahead of time and take the necessary safeguards.

OSHA’s Standards on Chainsaw Training

Employers of chainsaw operators must make sure that their employees can do their tasks safely. Training and job hazard analysis will help workers expect and avoid job-related accidents when using chainsaws. Workers should be trained on:

  • Workplace procedures, practices, and requirements, including general and specialized safety and health hazard identification, prevention, and control.
  • How to carry out specific work activities safely.
  • The risks and controls associated with each operation.
  • How to use, operate, and maintain tools, machines, and vehicles that workers may encounter or use on the job site.
  • OSHA regulations that apply, such as those for logging, personal protective equipment, bloodborne pathogens, medical services, and first aid.

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protection equipment (PPE) can help to prevent or decrease the severity of chainsaw injuries. Employers are required to provide and supervise workers’ use of PPE. Prior to beginning work, employers must also check that PPE is in excellent working order.

PPE is essential in chainsaw operations. The noise of the machine, the dust and debris caused by the saw, and the saw itself are just a few of the threats you must avoid.

Hard Hats

When using a chainsaw, you must protect your head from risks such as falling trees and branches. This is especially true in the case of tree-cutting activities. When operating a chainsaw, always wear a hard hat that meets regulation criteria.

Hard hats can also protect you from a kickback. Because kickbacks generally result in shoulder and head injuries, your hard hat should be designed to reduce the impact and cut of the saw. Periodically inspect your hard hat for cracks, dents, scrapes, or other damage that could compromise its safety.

Hearing Protection

Chainsaws may emit 120 decibels of noise at their loudest. This is 32 times louder than a volume of a typical conversation and can cause severe hearing impairment if exposed for an extended period of time. Wear hearing protection whenever you are near a running chainsaw, regardless of the job.

Eye Protection

During operation, chainsaws generate a lot of sawdust and wood chips. Because debris is likely to fly at your face, you’ll need something to shield your eyes. This type of PPE provides you with a wide range of possibilities. Always wear eye protection when working with or near a chainsaw.

Arm & Hand Protection

Because chainsaws generate sawdust and wood chips when in use, it is critical to protect your arms and hands. Wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves while operating a chainsaw to protect yourself from flying debris.

Gloves are useful because they allow you to grip the saw more securely and lessen the impact of vibration. Gloves will also protect you from cuts while inspecting the saw, particularly the blade.

Leg Protection

Because you’ll be operating the chainsaw between the heights of your shoulders and knees, your legs will regularly be in danger. When using a chainsaw, you should wear protective chaps to protect your legs, especially if the saw is running. Denim jeans alone will not protect you against a saw blade.

Foot Protection

The shoes you wear can make a significant impact on your safety. Your boots should be well-fitting and cover your ankles. This provides a solid platform, shields you from brush, tree limbs, and other hazards, and braces your ankle on uneven terrain.

Pre-Shift Safety Operations

Before using your chainsaw, inspect it for damage or excessive wear and make sure it has adequate fluid levels. A worn-out guide bar, dull chain, or defective chain brake can transform any work situation into an emergency situation.

The first thing you should learn is how to use your saw’s operator’s manual. This manual can show you any anatomy particular to your saw, such as the type and length of chain to use. The guidebook also discusses proper inspection and maintenance procedures.

Knowing the different parts of the chainsaw you are using will be crucial to the safety of your operations. As an employees, always be sure that you are familiar with and have inspected the:

  • Front handle
  • Chain brake
  • Throttle and rear handles
  • Air filters
  • Fuel filters
  • Scrench
  • Carburetor
  • Sprockets
  • Sparkplug
  • Muffler and spark arrestor
  • Bumper spikes

Chainsaw Startup

When you start the saw, make sure you have three points of contact. Never drop-start a chainsaw. Drop-starting the saw reduces your steadiness and control. For the most stability, always use two hands and either the ground or a knee lock.

A knee-lock start is a startup method where you tightly grasp the rear handle of the chainsaw between your knees while starting the saw. This keeps the saw from moving too much when you pull the starting cord, giving you the stability and control you need while starting the saw.

During Chainsaw Operations

Because chainsaw operations can occur in various locations, it is critical to always be aware of your surroundings. Whether you are cutting trees in a forest, cleaning up after a hurricane, or clipping limbs along a highway, you must always consider your jobsite when preparing for operations.


Pedestrians are one of the most common hazards you’ll see during any type of operation. This includes coworkers and anyone else who may be nearby. When using your chainsaw, or even simply walking around with it, you must be alert of any other people who may be around.

Carry your chainsaw carefully if you need to wander about the jobsite with it. Keep your saw by your side, with the chain brake engaged and the motor turned off, and constantly be aware of where the blade is pointing. This will keep you and those working around you safe as you move around the jobsite.

General Site Hazards

Uneven ground, brush covering the ground, and low-hanging branches are common site dangers you will encounter during chainsaw operations. Always be sure to keep an eye on your surroundings and watch your step when moving around.

Paying attention to your footing needs to be a priority as you move about the jobsite and use your saw. Clear any brush from the ground that may catch your feet or ankles before beginning operations.

Before making a cut, check the area for any low-hanging or loose branches. If there are any low-hanging branches, remove them if they will be in the way, will hinder your job, or will fall during operations.

Felling Trees

When felling trees, keep an eye out for individuals on the ground, both beneath and around you. Make sure the area is clear of people for at least twice the height of the tree in all directions. This will protect people from falling limbs or logs. If there is someone nearby, stop cutting and alert them to move away.

Electrical Hazards

If you’re working near streets, you’ll almost certainly be working near powerlines. It is also common that you will encounter power lines during disaster cleanup and even simple operations near towns. Always keep an eye out for overhead power lines as well as power lines that may be buried or concealed. The electricity that flows through these wires is strong enough to seriously injure you if you come into contact with it. It may even be enough to prove fatal.


Distractions can also be a very serious safety issue in the workplace. You must always be aware of your surroundings, especially when operating a chainsaw. Distractions such as radios, phones, and conversations can draw your attention away from the hazards that are present.

Remember that when you are using a chainsaw it becomes your responsibility to keep yourself and others around you safe. Before even starting the machine, you should always look around to identify any hazards that could cause you harm.

Chainsaw Safety Course Outline

Here at Hard Hat Training, we offer a Chainsaw Safety Training Course. In this course, the trainee will begin by learning the general anatomy of the chainsaw. During this, they will also learn about some general things to keep in mind when performing an inspection. The course also teaches the student how to best perform certain maintenance tasks.

Once they are familiar with all the components of the saw, they will then learn about some of the most common injuries associated with chainsaw operations such as:

  • Cuts
  • Crushing injuries
  • Severe muscle strains

The course will also cover all the different ways to avoid these injuries as well as other learning topics that can help to prepare you, such as:

  • Ergonomics
  • Different types of PPE
  • Situational awareness

The trainees will then learn some of the more specific things you can do during operations to keep yourself and others safe. And finally the course will cover some extra steps for planning and precautions as well as safe cutting techniques.

Taking The Final Exam

The final exam will be made up of different formatted questions. None of the questions will ask the student for information that was not in the course itself. The trainee will be given two attempts to take and pass the final exam. The passing score is 80%. If both attempts are failed the employee will need to retake the course before being able to take the final attempt again.

Chainsaw Certification

Once the student has passed the final exam they will be able to download and print out their certificate. This OSHA-aligned certificate will be valid for three years after the issue date. Once the three years are up, employees will be required to either take a refresher course or retake the entire course, depending on what their employer requires.

For more information check out our related articles How many safety features does a chainsaw have? and How to sharpen a chainsaw safety chain..

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are online training and a DIY training kits. An identical final exam and OSHA-aligned safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Online Training

Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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USA Aligned

Our Hard Hat Training training kit materials give you everything you need to be regulation aligned. We’ve spent years fine tuning these to make sure it contains the latest requirements, safety regulations, and hazards that come with operating equipment.

Our courses are written and regularly audited to meet the applicable OSHA, EECO, HHS, STC, MSHA and more standards.To learn what standards this course meets, see the course description tab. We list all applicable standards in the standards section.

Train the trainer courses certify an employee to train others. The TTT course comes with all of the materials the trainer would need to teach their own certification course. Our training kits are completely customizable, you can add, edit or remove anything in the training program to make it fit any international safety training standards that you are needing. It only takes minutes to get the training materials ready to use.

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Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-aligned?

All of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-aligned, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-aligned it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be aligned or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company alignment with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate alignment may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Alignment Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Alignment Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

1 review for Chainsaw Online Trainer Certification

  1. Bradon Q.

    Very good information for new inexperienced employees and veteran employees

    • Hard Hat Training

      Thank you, Bradon! We really appreciate your high praise of this course. We try to keep the information not only applicable to new employees but also those that are more experienced. Thank you for your great review!

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Take the online trainer course at your own pace (3 hours total is typical). Quiz questions along the way prepare you for the final exam. Instant access to your safety certification, wallet card, and training kit materials (to use when training others) is granted once the online trainer course is completed and the subsequent online exam passed.

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