Columbia Cascades Saw Training and Certification


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Columbia Cascades Saw Training and Certification events are hosted by the Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service, where qualified participants can earn saw 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 submitted in order to register for 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.

2022 Events

Chainsaw and Crosscut Saw Initial Certifications

Location: Wind River Training Center, 1262 Hemlock Rd, Carson, WA 98610

Driving Directions: Head to Carson, WA and continue North on the Wind River Highway, 7.6 miles. Turn left onto Hemlock Rd, for 1.3 miles, cross Trout Creek, and stay Left, for ¼ mile, then turn left into the Training Center. The Parking is to the Left, and the Cabin to the Right.

Schedule: Classes start at 8:00am, Saturday May 14th, and end at 4:30pm on Sunday May 15th. The course consists of 2 days. Day 1 consists of primarily classroom training with some “hands on” saw experiences. Day 2 is almost exclusively saw field work. At the end of Day 2, the instructor/certifier will determine the certification level.

What to Bring: Please wear long pants, long sleeves, and saw-appropriate boots (at least 6″ tall). Bring your lunch, snacks, and enough water (approximately 3L) for the day. Any PPE needed will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own — hard hat, gloves, chaps, ear pro, and eye pro required. PCTA will provide saws.

How to Register: Click here!

Please forward questions pertaining to saw training and certification to [email protected].

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