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 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. 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 2022 events?

May 21-22, Darrington, WA — Registration Closed

More TBD!

More details about the events

May 21-22 in Darrington

This training is for:

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

Overnight accommodations are available for this training. Saturday Dinner will be provided, please bring own food for other meals.

If you are re-certifying, you must have completed the online classroom portion of the course before attending the in-person field evaluation at this event. To learn about upcoming online classroom trainings, please email [email protected].

Registration is now closed. Check back soon for other opportunities!

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 for saw certification?

Yes. PCTA staff and volunteers cannot operate chain or crosscut saws unless they hold a recognized and valid sawyer certification, First Aid, and CPR card. PCTA must have copies of current First Aid and CPR qualifications in order to issue saw certification. After applying for North Cascades saw trainings, applicants will need to submit copies of their certification cards to the PCTA Sacramento office by email or mail ([email protected]; 2150 River Plaza Drive, Suite 155, Sacramento, CA  95833).

Please note: First Aid and CPR are required for all sawyers except for crosscut saw trainees who are operating under the supervision of another sawyer. OSHA states in Appendix B of 1910.266 that First Aid and CPR training shall be conducted using the conventional methods of training such as lecture, demonstration, practical exercise and examination (both written and practical). The length of training must be sufficient to assure that trainees understand the concepts of first aid and can demonstrate their ability to perform the various procedures. A sawyer must take First Aid/CPR classes which are taught hands-on and with a knowledge test. Online First Aid/CPR courses do not meet these requirements.

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