Gain hands-on skills for a range of entry-level careers in the forestry industry. You’ll learn resource management, health and safety, field skills, introductory ecology, timber cruising, harvesting systems and more. As a graduate, you’ll qualify for in-demand positions in the forest sector including compasser, assistant timber cruiser, forest field assistant, junior layout engineer, silviculture assistant, tree planter, plantation brusher-spacer and wildfire suppression crew member.
This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Length: 4 months
Tuition: $3,075 approx
Lots of our stuff is in the field. I got to go fly around in a helicopter and do a bush landing, then we got to play on the ATV’s and understand them. We also had time with the chainsaw bucking trees. It’s practical, hands-on, getting out there and doing it. It doesn’t feel like school at all.
Introduction to Forest Resource Management
Forest Resource Health and Safety
Introduction to Forest Ecology
Introduction to Timber Cruising, Grading and Scaling
Applied Worksite Skills – Practicum
*MVO-070 Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
Occupational First Aid Level 1
Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement
*WSF-019 Orientation to WHMIS Online
*Note: If you do not have current, valid First Aid, Transportation Endorsement, WHMIS and Transportation Of Dangerous Goods certification you are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged.
You will be required to achieve 70% in each course and have successfully passed the practicum (FOR-135) and all industry certificates courses to achieve program completion requirements.
High School Graduation OR
19 years of age or older and:
C in English 10, or NIC ENG-035, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-051, ESL-054 and ESL-057, or certified CLB 7; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
C in one of Foundations of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, Principles of Math 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-033, NIC MAT-055, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
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NIC's four-month Coastal Forest Resource certificate will introduce you to a wide range of forestry topics, such as resource management, health and safety, field skills, introductory ecology, silviculture, navigation, timber cruising, harvesting systems and more.
The Coastal Forest Resource program is designed to introduce you to the basic skills, safety knowledge and job readiness to launch a career in forestry. Enhance your existing qualifications with training in firefighting, resource management, clearing, map reading, orienteering and GPS navigation.
Industry-relevant training takes place in the field and in class over four months and includes a practicum to connect you with local employers. The program is comprised of 366 hours of instruction in addition to 24 hours of industry certifications.
Upon completion, you will be prepared to work in a range of entry-level positions in the forest sector including: compasser, timber cruiser, field assistant, wildfire fighter and junior field engineer.
You are responsible for obtaining the following supplies and field tools:
high visibility vest
field book (waterproof)
pens, pencils, highlighters and eraser