The Coastal Log Scaling certificate is a technical and hands-on program that teaches the skills needed for a career in log scaling. You will learn common terms, weight scaling procedures, the log grading process, use of scale sticks and recording scale sheets or slips, equipment maintenance, identification of commercial log species, scaler safety, the practical application of the BC Grading Rules and more.
This is a full-time course consisting of classroom lectures, directed home study and fieldwork. The majority of time will be spent in the field on dry-land log sorts learning and practicing skills. You can expect lessons in the evenings and on the weekends, depending on log sort availability, and must be able to commit to an average of 60 hours of study per week. The course includes a review of necessary math skills and Occupational First Aid Level 1. It is recommended that you have good math skills and previous experience in the forest industry before applying.
After successfully completing the program, you will be prepared to write the Ministry of Forest's Coastal Log Scale exam, and if successful, obtain your licence to scale.
Seating is limited, and students will be admitted on a first-applied, first-qualified basis.