Sawyer Certification Workshops

Posted 2-1-2017

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Sawyer Certification Program teaches Trail volunteers how to safely operate a chainsaw to remove downed trees and to cut materials needed for Trail projects. We offer no-cost (to the student) training courses, personal protective equipment (PPE), and reimbursement of first-aid/CPR certification costs for MATC member trail maintainers.  For others, the fee is $130 without PPE and FA/CPR reimbursement.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club is offering the usual spring and fall sessions for 2017 although dates and locations have not been set. April and October will be the respective months. If you have an interest in either new certification or re-certification please contact Craig Dickstein at

(207) 672-4983

PO Box 128, Caratunk, Maine 04925


Craig will get you the details when they become available.

The workshops will be for both new certification and re-certification. The re-certification course will be one day only, the Saturday of the training weekend. The one-day re-certification class is for Sawyers with a current Level B certification.  Since initial certification is for bucking and limbing only, we are also offering sawyers not certified for felling a one day session (Sunday of the training weekend) to learn felling techniques and get certified for that B-level skill set.

If your current certification will expire in the next twelve months, or has recently expired, we urge you to sign-up for a workshop and renew your credentials. If you have not taken advantage of this valuable training and wish to use a chainsaw on the Trail, then join us for a fun and worthwhile two days.


For more information on the upcoming course content and requirements, visit the ATC Sawyer Certification webpage.