Program Outline

The program consists of a combination of classroom and hands on training led by an instructor with over 10 years of coastal harvesting experience. It covers areas including:

  • Essential and employability skills
  • Forestry Operations in British Columbia
  • Safe work practices used in forestry
  • Communication in the forestry environment
  • Hazards found in the forestry environment
  • Basic rigging practices and components
  • Documentation required in forestry
  • Emergency Response Plan and First Aid requirements
  • Ergonomics related to the job
  • Attributes required in the forestry industry

In addition students will complete training in:

  • WHMIS
  • Fall Protection
  • S-100 – Fire Suppression and Safety
  • Level 1 First Aid with Transportation Endorsement

You will learn to identify and assess hazards, communicate and move safely as you set chokers on logs, rig stumps, buck logs and work safely around equipment. You will leave the program confident and ready for an entry level logging position.

Career Opportunities

Once you have successfully completed the program you will receive a Certificate of Completion from Vancouver Island University. This certificate will demonstrate to potential employers that you have a solid base knowledge of the requirements needed to work safely and productively in an entry level logging position. Once you are hired you will continue to learn from your peers, and receive on-the-job training and mentoring to help you become fully competent in a specific position. Examples of jobs you can grow into during your career in harvesting includes the following:

  • BC Forest Safety Qualified Fallers
  • Truck Drivers
  • Hook Tender
  • Grapple Yarder Operator
  • Hoe Chucker
  • Log Load Operator

The program content is based on competencies identified by the BC Forest Safety Council (BCFSC). These competencies were identified in consultation with industry subject matter experts and include the key skills, knowledge and attributes required for entry-level workers to have a strong safety philosophy and be successful.