Quality training and assessment services, specialising in chainsaw use, tree felling and more.

Towie Timber Training (TTT) offers quality training and assessment services. TTT operates under the auspices of Great Southern Institute of Technology in Albany as the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and uses the Forest Products Industry national training package (FPI11).

TTT offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) assessments, services, and flexible training programs (full time, part time, weekends). Successful participants receive a wallet sized ticket or card, a certificate of competency and a certificate of attainment which are recognised by all RTOs in Australia and the Western Australian timber industry.

TTT has access to state forests and/or plantations and supplies all necessary training resources and equipment. TTT’s professional commitment and specialised expertise guarantees training has a strong emphasis on industry experience and relevance.

TTT also provides customised non-accredited short courses including Axe Handling and Maintenance, Equal Opportunity-Better Workplace Behaviours, Fatigue Management, Hazardous Chemicals and Safety Awareness.



FPICOT2239A – Trim and cut felled trees. (Production of timber is not the primary focus.)

FPIHAR2207ATrim and cut harvested trees. (Timber production is the primary focus.)

These units cover pruning, crosscutting, ripping cuts, boring cuts and the de-limbing of felled or harvested trees. The units are restricted to trees or standing material of any species no more than 100mm in diameter and up to four metres in height. Trees or standing material greater than these dimensions require tree falling certification. Sharpening and general maintenance of equipment and chainsaw is also included in this unit.

Duration: Generally one day, but depends on previous experience.


FPICOT2238ACut materials with a hand held chainsaw

This unit involves cutting materials (logs, packs of timber, individual pieces of timber) with a hand held chainsaw in a variety of work settings including construction, saw mill, forest products factory, timber retail yard or horticulture environments. Basic maintenance and sharpening is also included in this unit.

Duration: one day.


TTT provides accredited training and assessment at basic, intermediate and advanced levels for Forest Growing and Management (FG&M) which is suited to non production personnel or Harvesting and Haulage (HAR) for those contractors working in a logging environment.


FPICOT2236manual tree falling (basic)

This is a three day course that covers the techniques and methods of manually felling a tree. Participants are taught the standard techniques and methods required to fall trees. Standard techniques covered, include scarf-cutting, back cuts where the tree diameter is both greater and lesser than the length of the bar, hingewood requirements and use of wedges. The application of these techniques is restricted to trees of any species, generally round and sound and relatively simple with a stump diameter of less than 50cm and up to about 20 metres in height. Chainsaw certification (trim and cut) is a pre-requisite.

This unit is suitable for work settings including a forest, agricultural, domestic, local councils etc. It is not a suitable level for commercial harvesting operations, excepting small minor forest produce.


FPIFGM3212Fall trees manually (intermediate) non production

FPIHAR3220Harvest trees manually (intermediate) for timber industry contractors

These units are four day courses that cover the techniques and methods of manually falling trees. Participants are taught the techniques and methods to fall trees. The techniques covered include scarf cutting, back cuts where the tree diameter is both greater and lesser than the length of the bar, hingewood requirements and use of wedges. The application is confined to trees that meet the ‘national’ intermediate level. Trees can be of any species, generally round and sound, stump diameter of up to about 80 cm and height up to about 40 metres. This unit covers the falling procedures for trees with a level of complexity that requires significant tree assessment and practical falling skills. Persons with this competency should be able to effectively fall most trees with the exception of very large and those with significant defects and/or characteristics causing excessive complexity. Certification in Chainsaw or basic falling is a prerequisite.


Manual Falling (advanced)
These units are three to five day course which builds on existing methods and techniques and includes all trees including those that are hazardous, but not dangerous. Existing falling techniques are further progressed and adapted to fall trees of any species, size and condition including hollow butts, multi-leggers, heavy leaners, double or multiple leaders, stags, culls and very large trees. Certification at Intermediate level manual falling is a prerequisite.


FPIFGM3213Fall trees manually (advanced)
This unit is for those who are required to fall trees in a non production environment. It applies to forest, rural, government and community environments.


FPIHAR3221harvest trees manually (advanced)
This unit is for those that work for contractors and are required to fall trees in commercial harvesting operations. It applies in a forest/plantation environment and includes aspects of log product specifications and log grading. Those that fall trees professionally require this competency.



FPIHAR4201Bapply tree jacking techniques

This is a three to five day course. Tree jacking is a two person operation where trees are fallen 180 degrees to their natural lean using special purpose hydraulic jacks and unique falling techniques. Participants are taught to be able to complete both tasks, to fall trees and to operate the pump and jacks. Tree jacking primarily used in the timber industry but can be used for other purposes like falling trees along roadsides, away from fences, power lines and other structures. Advanced manual falling is a prerequisite. This is a high risk activity.



FPICOT3238BOperate a pole saw

This is a one day course that covers the safe handling, sharpening and maintenance of a pole saw.


Operate and Maintain cut off machines

This is a non accredited one day course that covers the selection of the most appropriate equipment, the planning and preparation for work, the conduct of checks, the safe use of plant and equipment and post operational maintenance and clean up.


Axe Maintenance and Handling

This is a non–accredited one day course which covers fitting a handle, shaping the head, sharpening the head, and the correct and safe use of an axe when blazing trees, pruning trees, cutting down a tree, cutting a log and chopping firewood.


Field Operator’s Course, Phytophthora cinnamomi (dieback)

This is a Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Forest Products Commission endorsed course. It is mandatory training for those who are required to go onto DPaW controlled lands to do work. The two hour course is theory or knowledge based. The primary aim of this course is to provide participants with an understanding the basic biology of the pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi, its history, impact, how it is spread and the key hygiene measures available to land managers and operators of machines and other vehicles.



Equal Opportunity(Discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, victimisation)

This is a two hour course that will raise awareness of the equal opportunity laws, sexual and racial harassment, discrimination and bullying in the workplace.

The incidence of workplace bullying and harassment is a significant problem in today’s workforce. The law requires employers provide a work environment that is free of bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence. It can impact your organisation socially as well as economically. The course is primarily for staff/workers and is ‘compulsory’ training in any organisation.


Driver Fatigue Management

Fatigue is a major cause of fatal road accidents and costs business and the community millions of dollars each year. If not managed shiftwork, early starts and long hours can increase the fatigue levels of personnel and increase the risk of serious accidents. This half day non accredited course covers the following important topics:

  • The consequence of fatigue on performance.
  • The ‘body clock’ and its influence on sleeping patterns.
  • How to manage and minimise fatigue.


Safety Awareness

This is a self-learning DVD presentation that takes a couple of hours and covers common hazards, hazard identification, hierarchy of control and case studies.


Hazardous Chemicals

This is a self–learning DVD presentation that provides an in-depth review of the updated hazard communication standards that play a vital role in minimising the risk of harm from chemicals at the workplace. Topics include Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), labels and global harmonised systems pictograms.


Manual handling (office)

This is a self learning DVD presentation that covers manual handling injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

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TTT also provides consultancy services specialising in training and safety in the high risk forestry industry.