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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Fell trees with a chainsaw using specialised techniques 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
117066  Fell trees with a chainsaw using specialised techniques 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Forestry 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Forestry and Wood Technology 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit is for people who fell trees with a chainsaw using specialised techniques. People credited with this unit are able to:
  • Fell trees using specialised techniques if wedges are not required.
  • Fell trees using specialised techniques if wedges are required. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic safety in forestry operations.
  • Maintain a chainsaw and cut felled timber using a chainsaw.
  • Fell trees with a chainsaw using the standard technique and felling levers. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Fell trees using specialised techniques if wedges are not required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Situations requiring specialised techniques without using wedges are described in terms of section 10.11.2 of the Handbook. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tree diameter is more than the guide bar length, tree diameter is double or more the guide bar length, trees that lean at a sharp angle with the felling direction, trees that lean away from the felling direction, technique to reduce butt wastage, trees that split.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Trees are felled with the tree diameter more than the guide bar length complying with section 10.11.2.1 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Trees are felled with the tree diameter double or more the guide bar length complying with section 10.11.2.2 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Trees are felled that lean at a sharp angle with the felling direction complying with section 10.11.2.4 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Trees are felled that lean away from the felling direction complying with section 10.11.2.5 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Trees are felled to reduce butt wastage complying with section 10.11.2.6 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    Trees are felled which split complying with section 10.11.2.7 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Fell trees using specialised techniques if wedges are required. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Situations requiring specialised techniques using wedges are described in terms of section 10.11.3 of the Handbook. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Large trees with no or slight lean, trees in variation of natural lean, trees that lean back.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Wedges are explained in terms of section 10.6.3 of the Handbook. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Large trees are felled with no or slight lean complying with section 10.11.3.1 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Trees are felled with variation of natural lean complying with section 10.11.3.2 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Trees are felled that lean back complying with section 10.11.3.3 regarding technique, section 10.5 regarding safety and section 10.8 regarding quality. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
    Providers of learning and assessors must be accredited in terms of the requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority.

    Moderation option: The moderation requirements of the Forest Industries Education and Training Authority must be met. 

    UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Names and functions of:
  • Wedges
  • Guide bar

    Attributes, descriptions, characteristics and properties of:
  • Specialised techniques
  • Felling direction
  • Butt wastage

    Sensory cues:
  • What I see, feel hear and smell during the process

    Purpose of:
  • Wedges
  • Guide bar

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies, standards:
  • The Handbook referred is FESA's " Chainsaw Safety and Operating Handbook."
  • Standard operating procedures: "Guidelines for Forest Engineering Practices in South Africa" (FESA)
  • Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) legislation

    Theory: rules, principles, laws:
  • Lean angles
  • Butt wastage

    Relationships, systems:
  • The relationship between the lean angle and felling direction of trees 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems
  • Relating to the felling of trees using specialised techniques 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others
  • When interacting with team members and colleagues during the planning and preparation of felling trees 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage myself and my activities
  • When determining the type of technique required to fell trees
  • When managing resources and my time 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively
  • When discussing with team members the technique that will apply to fell the trees 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically
  • When using special tools and equipment to support the special techniques 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems
  • When I can explain and justify my actions and procedures followed during the felling of trees using specialised techniques 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  65490   National Certificate: Arboriculture: Tree Preservation  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FPMSETA 
    Elective  48988   National Certificate: Forestry: Timber Harvesting  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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