Chainsaw Operator Refresher Training

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Chainsaw Operator Refresher Training

In this Chainsaw Operator Refresher Training section there is a selection of three different FISA Chainsaw Refresher courses to choose from depending on your particular needs and site circumstances.

There is also a course aimed at those in a Supervisory role.

The left hand menu will provide you with all the information you need select and apply for your training.

Reminder on when refresher courses are required - it is the operator's responsibility to remain complaint:

  • Q: What do I need to do as I approach 5 years after taking a ground based chainsaw qualification? - 
    A: It will be required that you will have attended a refresher course, or upskilled to a further unit,  prior to the cut-off date of 5 years from attaining the qualification. It will be your responsibility to ensure you remain compliant.
  •  Q: What do I need to do as I approach the 3/5 year term from my last FISA refresher course?
    A: It will be required that you will have attended a new refresher course, or upskilled to a further unit,  prior to the cut-off date of 3/5 years from the original FISA refresher. It will be your responsibility to ensure you remain compliant. 

If you are registered, but still to attend a FISA Chainsaw Refresher Course, please contact Graeme Hodgson on 07747 038200 or by email training@ukfisa.com to arrange a date and location for your course.


Improving chainsaw safety is one of the priority goals of the UK Forest Industry Safety Accord (FISA). This initiative, led by a cross industry working group, includes a new scheme for update and refresher training for chainsaw operators. It is targeted at certificated operators who have not received any formally recorded chainsaw training for a period longer than five years.

The scheme is not a recertification – it is a measure of competency and an opportunity to refresh existing skills and learn new techniques. It is designed to enable the forest industry to comply with guidance from HSE, which recommends that all chainsaw operators have regular (deemed to be at least every 5 years) refresher training to ensure that they work to industry good practice and maintain their level of competence.

The FISA scheme has been endorsed by all of the leading Forest Industry players including the Forestry Commission.