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Coastal Log Scaling

13-week certificate
Where: Campbell River
Starts: February 2017
  • Prepare to write the MInistry of Forests theoretical and practical Coastal Log Scaling exam, required to work as a licensed log scaler.
  • Learn practical skills through class lectures, directed home study and field work.
  • Gain hands-on experience on dryland log sorts, learning steps required in weight scaling, how to grade logs, identify log species and more.

Career Opportunities: As a graduate, you will be well-prepared for log scaling positions in all aspects of the forestry industry including government and private forestry companies. 


  • Advance your career. The Coastal Log Scaling certificate is an opportunity to gain the technical knowledge, skills and hands-on training needed to increase your opportunities for advancement in the forestry industry. 
  • Practical experience. The Coastal Log Scaling program emphasizes the development of practical skills. You will spend the majority of your class time on dry-land log sorts, ensuring you will be well-prepared for the Ministry of Forests Coastal Log Scaling examination. 
  • Be in demand. Log scaling is important to all aspects of the forestry industry, from collecting data used to set stumpage fees to determining the market-value of wood. Increased logging activity and an aging workforce is creating high demand for skilled workers.


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.

Career Opportunities

Log scaling data is used by government and industry to set stumpage fees, administer the annual allowable cut, determine the market value of wood and grant woodlot licences. Scalers can be employed by logging companies, government and other forest-industry groups or organizations.

Supply LIst

You are responsible for providing:
  • caulk boots
  • hard hat
  • rain gear
  • high visibility vest
  • note paper

Admission Requirements

  1. Minimum age to acquire a Scaling license is 16 and you must be a Canadian resident.
  2. Complete the customized log scaling assessment. For more information check the Log Scaling Assessment Study Information.

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Before Classes Begin

You should make an appointment with an educational advisor, and follow up with the Coastal Log Scaling math assessment prior to admittance into the program. To reserve a seat for your assessment, call or email:

To Be Successful

In addition to meeting the admission requirements, you must:
  • be physically fit and able to work in varied weather conditions.
  • be able to commit to an average of 60 hours a week for classroom and home studies.
  • have a minimum Grade 10 completion.
Previous experience in the forest industry is an asset.

Program Requirements

  • LOG-015 Log Scaler Training - Theory
  • LOG-016 Coastal Log Scaling - Practical
  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1

Completion Requirements

You must pass all courses to receive a program completion certificate.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2017, Winter, Spring & Summer 2018

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Tuition $7,000

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