Sawyer Certification Workshops

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.

2021 workshop offerings will be posted here when known. 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 tentativelyoffering 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.

Free Personal Protective Equipment

Free Sawyer Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is available from ATC only to certified Appalachian Trail sawyers with the approval of their A.T. maintaining clubs. Download and complete the PPE Order From below and return it with a copy of your current sawyer certification card to
P.O. Box 454
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: 207-778-0700

If you plan to use a battery-operated chainsaw, please read this advisory on advantages, disadvantages, and considerations.

First Aid Certification

The sawyer certifications are only good with a valid CPR and First Aid certification. Please see the document below for more information on how and where to obtain those skills.

If you have an interest in either new certification or re-certification please contact:
Craig Dickstein
(207) 688-8088
150 River Mead Road, Peterborough, NH 03458