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.
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
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.
Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC's supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more.
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:
NIC offers industry-approved skills training, nationally recognized credentials, networking opportunities, applied skills and knowledge to advance your career.