Chainsaw Maintenance and Use Award SCQF level 6

The Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Use at SCQF level 6 will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as how to safely operate and maintain a chainsaw and how to use it to clear lying timber.

Achievement of this Award is nationally recognised.

This qualification covers areas such as inspection, routine and specific maintenance of chainsaws, as well as planning, preparing for and safely carrying out timber clearing.

This qualification is available through training providers and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

Centres have the flexibility to choose the delivery method which best suits their circumstances and their learners.

The Award can be used to offer a progression pathway to other qualifications (see Progression).

The Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Use can lead to membership of the Chainsaw Operators Registration Scheme (CORS) and has been fully mapped against the requirements of the relevant National Occupational Standards (NOS).

Who does this qualification suit

The Chainsaw Maintenance and Use Award at SCQF level 6 is suitable for:

  • trainees preparing for employment
  • employees studying as part of a continuing professional development programme
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • those who wish to start their own business


Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

No specific knowledge is required to undertake this Award.


The Award may provide progression to a range of related Chainsaw and Tree Clearing qualifications including:

  • Award in Chainsaw Felling Small / Large Trees at SCQF Level 6
  • Award in Clear Individual / Multiple Windblown Trees at SCQF Level 6

The qualifications have been designed to allow learners to build up their knowledge and skills by adding additional units. For example, learners who complete the Chainsaw Maintenance and Use Award could add to it by completing unit Fell Small Trees to achieve an additional Award (Chainsaw Felling Small Trees). There are a number of different combinations to suit a range of tree-felling and related tasks.


Centres interested in offering this qualification are required to come forward for approval and should contact SQA's Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA's general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide. The specific delivery requirements are set out in the Group Award Specification (Arrangements Document).

How to assess

Each individual unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for each unit.

Awards are not graded.

Each unit is assessed separately. Each unit requires that the candidate produces practical evidence. Evidence will be based on the candidate's practical experience.

Assessment can take place at appropriate points as candidates progress through the tasks within the units. Evidence of assessment can be presented in a format which best suits the individual candidates and the activities being undertaken.

Evidence can include written records, e-mails, assessor records, diaries, videos, recordings of interviews or photographs.

Where can you take this course?

Qualification content and delivery tools

Information about the qualification(s)

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: GP5C 46 (6 SCQF credit points)

The Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Use at SCQF level 6 consists of two mandatory units (6 SCQF credit points).

National Occupational Standards

Unit information for this qualification is available on our Unit Search.

Group Award Specification

GP5C 46 (55 KB)

Group Award Specification (94 KB)