Coastal Forest Resource

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
Starts: Fall 2019
Length: 4 months
Tuition: $3,075 approx
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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.

Emma McGrath, Coastal Forest Resource grad

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Program Requirements

FOR-100  Introduction to Forest Resource Management
FOR-105  Forest Resource Health and Safety
FOR-110  Essential Field Skills
FOR-115  Introduction to Forest Ecology
FOR-120 Coastal Harvesting Systems
FOR-125  Introduction to Timber Cruising, Grading and Scaling
FOR-130  Worksite Readiness Skills
FOR-135  Applied Worksite Skills – Practicum
*MVO-070 Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
*OFA-010  Occupational First Aid Level 1
*OFA-015  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.

Completion Requirements

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.

Admission Requirements

High School Graduation OR
19 years of age or older and:    
  1. C in one of English 10, Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, English First Peoples Spoken Language 10, NIC ENG-035, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-051, 054 and 057, or CLB 7; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Foundations of Math 11, Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11, 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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Program Highlights

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Supply list

You are responsible for obtaining the following supplies and field tools:

  • caulk boots
  • rain gear
  • high visibility vest
  • hard hat
  • safety glasses
  • ear protection
  • clinometer
  • compass
  • pocket scale
  • field book (waterproof)
  • 3" binder
  • note paper
  • flash drive
  • pens, pencils, highlighters and eraser