Estacada Crosscut Saw Training and Certification

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The Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service invite you to the Estacada Crosscut Saw Training and Certification. Qualified participants can earn crosscut saw certifications and re-certifications. This crosscut saw training and operation is possible thanks to safety and operation agreements with the U.S. Forest Service. This event is open to PCTA volunteers and members only.

Copies of current First Aid and CPR certifications must be presented to attend any of the saw classes. The application process is very competitive. Submitting your application does not guarantee admission into the training. Learn more about PCTA’s Saw Training and Certification program.

When is it?

April 6 – 9, 2017

Where is it?

Mount Hood National Forest, Clackamas River Ranger Station.  Registration is required.

Are lodging and meals provided?

Lodging and meals will not be provided at this training. Campsite recommendations can be provided to attendees interested in camping. 

What certifications are being offered?

Crosscut Saw Operator Re-certification

Crosscut saw re-certification is a one-day course. Experienced sawyers (B level and up) who are certified on both crosscut and chainsaw may have the opportunity for dual re-certification. Volunteer saw instructors make a great effort to complete dual re-certifications in one day, but do not guarantee it. If we run out of time for re-certifications, participants may be asked to return the next day for completion. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Please note: The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations.

Initial Crosscut Saw Certification

Initial crosscut saw certification is a two-day class. Two initial certification classes are being offered during the 2017 Estacada Saw Training Weekend: April 6 – 7, April 8 – 9. Participants only need to attend one two-day session. These classes are intended for initial saw certification of individuals with moderate saw experience applying for Trainee (A) level certification; or experienced Trainee (A) level sawyers now ready to apply for Saw Operator (B) level certification. Volunteers will be grouped to allow Saw Operator (B level) candidates to demonstrate saw crew leadership and saw skills. Saw Operator (B level) candidates are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Please note: The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations. 

Do I need a current First Aid and CPR card?

Yes. A current First Aid and CPR certification is required for saw certification to be valid. PCTA will not issue saw certification without copies of current First Aid and CPR qualifications. PCTA staff and volunteers cannot operate chain or crosscut saws unless they hold a recognized and valid sawyer certification, First Aid, and CPR card. After completing your online saw registration, applicants will need to submit copies of their certification cards to PCTA’s Sacramento office by email, mail, or fax ([email protected]; 1331 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833; fax 916-285-1865 Attn: PCTA Volunteer Program). If a current First Aid and CPR card is not on file at the PCTA Sacramento office prior to the training, your registration will be terminated and you will be unable to attend.

How do I register?

Register online.

The saw application process is very competitive. Submitting your application does not guarantee admission into the training. Acceptance is based on previous saw experience, recommendation from PCTA or partnering organizations or agencies, or attending one or more of the following courses at previous PCTA Trail Skills Colleges:

Attending the Estacada Saw Training does not guarantee saw certification. Certification cards will only be issued to those who exhibit proficiency, safety and leadership using the saw. PCTA must have copies of current First Aid and CPR qualifications in order to issue saw certification.

Students are required to wear gloves, long pants, long sleeves, and leather, over the ankle, cut-resistant boots. Saw specific Personal Protective Equipment and tools will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own personal PPE (gloves, eye protection, hearing protection).

Please forward questions pertaining to the Saw Training and Certification to [email protected].

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