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European Chainsaw Certificate

European Chainsaw Standards

European minimum standards (ECS) have been developed for different competence levels of chainsaw use.
Currently standards are available for the following competence levels:

  • ECS 1 : chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting
  • ECS 1 (Tension) : cross-cutting timber on tensioned timber sections by a simulator
  • ECS 2 : basic tree felling
  • ECS 3 : advanced tree felling
  • ECS 4 : windblown and damaged trees
  • ECS (Height): chainsaw use at height

The European Chainsaw Standards are free to download and use for training purposes.


European Chainsaw Certificate

Based on each of the above ECS competence levels, a formal assessment procedure has been agreed upon. By taking an assessment in an accredited assessment centre, chainsaw users can acquire a European Chainsaw Certificate.

Only EFESC accredited assessment centres can issue European Chainsaw Certificates.