North Cascades Saw Training and Certification

Basic Saw Crew Training_ShondaFeather-2optThe Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service invite you to the North Cascades Saw Training and Certification. Qualified participants can earn crosscut and chainsaw certifications and re-certifications. These saw trainings are possible thanks to safety and operation agreements with the U.S. Forest Service. These events are 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 the Saw Training and Certification program.

When is it?

We are still scheduling 2017 saw training and certification dates. Check back soon.

Where is it?

North Bend, WA and Darrington, WA.  Registration is required.

Are lodging and meals provided?

Lodging and meals are not provided at these trainings. 

Do I need a current First Aid and CPR card?

A current First Aid and CPR certification is required for a saw certification to be valid. 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 application, applicants will need to submit copies of their certification cards to the PCTA Sacramento office by email or mail ([email protected]; 1331 Garden Highway, Sacramento, CA 95833). 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?

Online registration will be available in the spring. In the meantime, please complete PCTA’s online volunteer application in order to receive updates on trainings and other volunteer opportunities. 

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 North Cascades 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 North Bend Saw Training and Certification to [email protected].

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