Title Evaluation and Implementation of Chainsaw Operators Certification
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI-163_210
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
New European Chainsaw Qualification (ECC / ICC)
Raising of International chainsaw operators skills and safety standards is now a reality via the development of the new International association (ABA International www.aba-skills.com). The primary role of this association will ensure that high quality chainsaw operation safety standards are maintained, accredited and promoted throughout Europe and Internationally.
In association with this, the mobility of arborists, foresters and other chainsaw operators is being increased through recognition of the Pan-European chainsaw registration database which is ECVET compliant & certificate-ICC (International / European Chainsaw Certificate). The core learning outcomes and examination matrix have been developed to enable & facilitate cross-referencing with ECVET (European Credit system for Vocational Education & Training.
The rationale behind this project was the development of a common set of training and assessment standards for chainsaw operators which has been successfully achieved. Accidents, fatalities and associated economic & personal costs related to chainsaw use are too high and will be significantly reduced via the implementation of these new standards which will be, monitored & updated on a regular basis.
Following initial analysis and comparison of training programmes in some partner countries where national training standards did not exist (e.g. Spain, Denmark, Holland & Belgium). The UK national chainsaw training & assessment standards were also evaluated prior to further developments of new standards to the benefit of all partners.
High quality European/International training standards and an associated competence assessment should lead to an incremental reduction in accidents and fatalities of chainsaw operators throughout Europe and beyond as Chainsaw Standards are implemented between countries. A better vocational skills base will add value to the economy of the EU and partner countries.
Skills & competencies have been transferred between participating countries (not only the project partners) both during and after the project. By the completion of the project 18 different countries had registered and/or participated with association in the project.
Target groups the project is having an impact upon are foresters, arborists, landscapers (land-based sector) & other industry sectors such as construction and emergency service operators, which use chainsaws within their employment.
Description The project nucleus consisted of the development of a common set of training and assessment standards for chainsaw operators to be implemented through an accredited network of national awarding bodies. Standards were successfully developed following research, testing and consultation phases culminating in clearly designed and logically formatted user friendly learning outcomes. This was further supported in the production of accreditation guidance and other training & assessment materials for European / International chainsaw.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Other Service Activities
program or curricula
transparency and certification
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
• Dissemination Plan
• Management Plan
• CS & Mapping Report
• EU Accident Report
• Chainsaw Standards-CS
• Assessor & Verifier Code of Practice
• Assessor Approval Guidance & Chart
• Site Risk Assessment
• Assessor Score Sheets
• National Agency Handbook
• Memorandum of Association
• Chainsaw Certificate-ICC