Northern Sierra Crosscut Saw Training and Certification Weekend

The Pacific Crest Trail Association and U.S. Forest Service invite you to the Northern Sierra Crosscut Saw Training and Certification Weekend. Participants can earn initial crosscut certification and crosscut re-certification. 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 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?

June 1-2, 2019

Where is it?

Near Quincy, California

Are meals and lodging provided?

Car/tent camping is available to participants. Saturday dinner will be provided. Participants must provide all other meals.

What certifications are being offered?

Initial Crosscut Saw Certification

Initial crosscut saw certification is a two-day class: June 1-2. This class is intended for individuals with moderate saw experience applying for A level certification or experienced A level sawyers now ready to apply for B level certification. Volunteers will be grouped to allow B level candidates to demonstrate saw crew leadership and saw skills. B level candidates are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Please note: The PCTA saw program only certifies sawyers for bucking operations.

Crosscut Saw Re-certification

Crosscut saw re-certification is a one-day class: June 2. This class is intended for individuals who have previously been certified, and aim to recertify at their current level (A or B). (If A level sawyers are ready to apply for B level certification, they should apply for the two day Initial Certification course.) Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own equipment, as long as it complies to the Saw Safety requirements. 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]ta.org; 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?

Fill out this online application.

Please note, 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 Northern Sierra 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 saw training and certification to [email protected].

 

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