NPS Working Faller Chainsaw Safety eCourse

Where: Online


This online component addresses prerequisite Working Faller skills and knowledge to help you get ready for the field‐based course and eventual competency evaluation. This course builds on the foundational knowledge and skills associated with the Sawyer competency level, so you should be qualified as a Sawyer first.

Note that you’ll also need to complete the “NPS Working Faller Chainsaw Safety eCourse – 1 – Pre-Assessment” prior to enrolling. After completing the training modules, register for the “NPS Working Faller Chainsaw Safety eCourse – 3 – Post-Assessment” in DOI Talent (coming soon!). Once you complete the post-assessment to standard, you’ll print out your certificate to bring with you to the field portion of the course.

Learning Objectives

The Working Faller Training Course will prepare you to:

  • Safely fall simple trees according to your falling plan and the intended lay without injury to personnel, equipment, or property
  • Succeed on the WF competency evaluation


You may take this course at any time. However, you will be asked to review this eCourse when you are enrolled in the hands-on component of the Working Faller Training Program. This will ensure the information is fresh when you are working in the field.

Completion of this eCourse alone does not qualify you to independently fall a tree according to the guidelines of the National Chainsaw Safety Program. Qualification is attained through Competency Evaluation.

You will need to:

  1. Complete the pre-assessment in DOI Talent (20 min) - coming soon!
  2. Complete the content module (1 hr)
  3. Score at least 80% on the post-assessment (20 min) - coming soon!
  4. Print your certificate of completion to bring to the field training component.

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  1. I believe you’re going to have trouble when you require people in the western United States to take this training. It’s obviously oriented to saw activities in the eastern US. There are differences in terminology that people will get hung up. As a trail crew supervisor I’m very disappointed that the training/certification seems to be predominantly oriented towards falling. Trail crews operate power saws 100’s of hours a year, and a very small percentage of that time is spent falling. Primarily bucking operations which can be extremely hazardous. Trail crews are frequently bucking large diameter logs on steep slopes, often influenced by bind. More people may be killed in falling operations, but employee exposure to bucking operations is much greater. How do you plan to address that in your training and certification? Where do the most accidents occur, falling or bucking?


  2. Hi Don. Thanks for your feedback and sharing your concerns. The National Chainsaw Safety Program has the “Sawyer” qualification level which addresses just those skills you are talking about–bucking, limbing, slashing, and brushing. That course An operator would need to be qualified at that level before taking the Working Faller course. I’ll be sure to make that more apparent in this post. Regarding your concerns for terminology, I’ll send you an email and we can discuss your suggestions. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you..I found the course(s) to be very insightful and most helpful…Anything that can keep me safer, coworkers,the public and our assets out of harms way are well worth the investment.


  4. Great training overall! Very informative and helpful. Although the YouTube links no longer are active. I was not able to find where to print off the certificate of completion.


  5. I agree with Donald that the program doesn’t account for the habitat types of the west. Working out this way the trees we come in contact with are generally shorter (less than 30 feet) but wider with complex branching and often on sleep slopes (sandy banks, canyon walls, etc.) with poor footing or often in dense clumps with little space to fall. I have sawed a lot of tamarisk that are more precarious than many tall trees like those found in pine forest that may be tall but are relatively “simple” due to small diameter and lack of lean. I would consider my experience closer to journeyman level but with a different skill set.

    The Chainsaw Safety Course that describes bucking, limbing, slashing and brushing are simpler competencies. That course primarily is designed for newcomers and focuses on post-fall limbing and bucking on the ground. In the west, we limb and buck standing (often dead) trees in a difficult terrain/matrix in order to get to a base to either fall or stump.


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