The Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service invite you to the Wind River Saw Training and Certification Weekend. Participants can earn crosscut and chain saw certifications or re-certifications. This 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 to the training. Learn more about the Saw Training and Certification program.
When is it?
May 5 – 7, 2017
Where is it?
20 minutes north of Cascade Locks at the Wind River Training Center, Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Registration is required.
Are lodging and meals provided?
On-site car/tent camping and limited bunkhouse (with kitchen) lodging are available to participants on a first come, first serve basis. Saturday dinner will be provided.
What certifications are being offered?
Chain Saw and Crosscut Re-certification
Chain saw and crosscut saw re-certifications are separate classes, each taking about six hours. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own equipment, as long as it complies to the Saw Safety requirements. We will support dual re-certification and will work with these volunteers to be able to complete the dual certifications in one day. Please note: The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations.
Initial Saw Certification
Initial crosscut and chain saw certification classes are two-day classes. 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?
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?
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:
Consider signing up for these pre-requisites during the April 28-30 Trail Skills College at Cascade Locks.
Attending the Wind River 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].