North Cascades Saw Training and Certification

Photo by Don Sanderson.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service invite you to the North Cascades Saw Training and Certification events. Qualified participants can earn crosscut certifications and re-certifications, as well as chainsaw 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. The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations. 

Copies of current First Aid and CPR certifications must be presented to attend PCTA saw certification events and 297 Chainsaw Practicum 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 and where are the 2019 events?

  • April 6: 103 Basic Saw Crew Training at White Pass Trail Skills College
  • April 13-14: Crosscut certification and chainsaw re-certification in Randle, Wash.
  • May 4: 103 Basic Saw Crew Training in North Bend, Wash.
  • May 4: 297 Chainsaw Practicum in North Bend, Wash.
  • May 18-19: Crosscut and chainsaw certification in Darrington, Wash.

More details about the events

April 13-14 in Randle

This training is for:

  • Crosscut sawyers seeking initial certification (two-day class required),
  • Crosscut sawyers seeking re-certification, or
  • Chainsaw sawyers seeking re-certification

Initial certifications for chainsaw sawyers are not available at this training.

Self-contained RV and tent camping will be available for participants. There is also limited bunkhouse space available (first come, first serve). Meals are not provided at this certification event, but there is a kitchen in the bunkhouse that all participants can use to prepare meals.

Registration is closed.

Please note: The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations. Copies of current First Aid and CPR certifications must be presented to register.

May 4 in North Bend

103 Basic Saw Crew Training is for:

  • Those interested in helping certified sawyers to clear trails, but don’t have much experience working with or around saws

297 Chainsaw Practicum is for:

  • Volunteers who would like to earn a certification to use chainsaws, looking for an opportunity to work with an instructor to ensure they have the basic foundation skills necessary to enroll in a certification class, or
  • “A” level chainsaw sawyers looking to advance their saw handling skills as they strive for a higher level of certification

These trainings will happen simultaneously, so students can only participate in one class on May 4. Each training is a full day. PCTA is not arranging camping or meals. Those registering for 297 Chainsaw Practicum must have current First Aid & CPR certifications.

Registration is closed.

May 18-19 in Darrington

This training is for:

  • Chainsaw sawyers seeking initial certification (two-day class required),
  • Crosscut sawyers seeking initial certification (two-day class required),
  • Chainsaw sawyers seeking re-certification, or
  • Crosscut sawyers seeking re-certification

Registration is closed.

Please note: The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations. Copies of current First Aid and CPR certifications must be presented to register.

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:

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 for these events?

Saw training and certification events in the North Cascades have completed for 2019. Sawyers and aspiring sawyers can gain more experience during the 2019 field season by joining logout crews. Visit the online volunteer schedule or contact [email protected]g for more information.

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