Sawyer Training & Certification

The Longs Peak Council Conservation Committee supports chain saw field certification and 2-year renewable carding for volunteers and workers cutting, collecting, or processing trees, slash, and for any conservation projects needing chain saw support. Volunteer self-certification is not recognized, nor is the use of a video training only; carding involves both classroom session and field exercise for evaluation of skill and safety awareness.

Workers on contract or agreement must use professional protective equipment and will not cut alone, consistent with the LPC Chainsaw Operations Guide adopted by the Longs Peak Council Enterprise Risk Management Committee. Participants must be 18 or older. BSA does not allow chainsaw usage under 18.

Training and certification are available at selected council events. Members should consult the Enterprise Risk Management Committee through Jeanene Gage or the Conservation Committee points of contact below, regarding future training opportunities. Nominal event fees for food may be required, as these are Friday night to mid-day Saturday training sessions.

Conservation Committee Contacts:

General Schedule

Friday evening: class starts at 7 p.m., so you want to have your campsite set up before class starts.
Friday evening (7:00 – 10pm) the course will cover safety and basic saw operation. Saturday (morning and early afternoon), we will do the practical instruction/evaluation portion of the course, including felling beetle-kill and hazard trees at camp.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday (Friday dinner is on your own).

This class will satisfy the BSA sawyer training and will additionally cover requirements of the Longs Peak Council Conservation and Risk Management Committees.

Online registration deadline is the end of business the Friday before the course. Payment must be received before the date of the course.

You MUST bring:

  • Tent, sleeping bag, etc as needed for Friday night
  • Long sleeved shirt (weather appropriate)
  • Long pants
  • Work gloves (proper size, slip resistant, and weather appropriate)
  • Work shoes or boots (non-slip sole)
  • BSA Health Form parts A & B

Also, if you have any of the following, please bring them:

  • Chain saw (with a sharp chain and a working chain brake)
  • Hardhat
  • Eye protection (safety glasses, goggles, or hardhat w/ face shield)
  • Hearing protection (plugs or muffs)
  • Chain saw chaps

We will have saws and safety equipment to share if you don’t have your own.