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CFW-100 Introduction to Forest Management

3 credits


This course introduces forest resource management, the role of forest workers and professionals, and the importance of industry-specific knowledge. Emphasis will be given to historical management practices, current tenure systems, environmental law, and the key environmental, cultural and socio-economic considerations that influence decision-making.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program.

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CFW-101 Indigenours Lands and Culture

4 credits


This course explores the shifting legal and political framework of forest governance in BC which presents both opportunities and challenges for First Nations. Emphasis will be placed on the history of resource development in Canada and BC, Aboriginal and treaty rights, legislation, forest tenures (past, current and future), and cultural heritage values from a regional and an Indigenous perspective. Through guided discussions, the course examines the evolving relationships between Indigenous people, the provincial government, and the forest sector. Acknowledgement: In keeping with North Island College's commitment to Indigenize, we have drawn on the knowledge of representatives from local First Nations across the region we serve in developing this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate Program.

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CFW-102 Forest Health and Safety

3 credits


This course introduces theory and applied exercises specific to forestry workplace practices in British Columbia. Emphasis will be placed on Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace, roles and responsibilities, and safety measures standard to the forest sector.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program.

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CFW-103 Applied Technology & Data Management

4.5 credits


This course introduces students to the mapping, imagery and technology commonly used in natural resource management. Emphasis will be placed on feature identification, field navigation, data transfer and presentation techniques, and radio communication specific to safety in forestry.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program

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CFW-104 Forest Ecology 1

4 credits


This course provides an introduction to forest ecology. Emphasis will be given to tree and flora identification, BC's Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC), and wildlife habitat management. In this course students will explore how climate, geography, water and soils influence the forest ecosystem's form and function.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program

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CFW-105 Coastal Harvesting Systems

3 credits


This course introduces students to coastal harvesting systems. Emphasis will be placed on mechanized harvesting, rigging practices and operational safety, including hazard awareness and controls. This course also focuses on log handling to introduce students to the operational impacts of product pricing and market demand.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate Program

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CFW-106 Introduction to Timber Cruising

3 credits


This course introduces students to the fundamentals of timber cruising including theory and field applications such as sampling and measuring techniques. Emphasis will be placed on cruising methodologies such as fixed area plot measurement and point sampling.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program.

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CFW-107 Workplace Readiness Skills

3 credits


This course explores the principles of professional behavior, workplace diversity, teamwork, conflict resolution, and career development. Emphasis will be placed on developing effective interpersonal and team building skills.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate program

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CFW-108 Principles of Forest Engineering

3 credits;


This course introduces students to forest engineering and presents the theory, application and limitations of survey methodologies. With a focus on field competencies, emphasis will be placed on compass and GPS skills, field measurement and correction techniques, effective note taking, mapping, and data management.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Coastal Forest Worker Certificate Program

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CFW-109 Applied Worksite Skills - Practicum

2 credits


This practicum applies the skills learned in the classroom and labs to a specific worksite during a one week practicum. In particular, students will have the opportunity to work alongside forestry workers to hone their skills in one of the following areas: engineering, timber cruising, coastal forest log grading & scaling, silviculture, or forest operations such as: road building, yarding, loading and hauling.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Completion of All other Level 1 CFW courses.

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OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1

8 hours


Learn CPR, choking and hemorrhage control and minor wound care according to WSBC Regulations, Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). This WorkSafeBC course is an excellent entry level WSBC First Aid course that is a recognized by local industry. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification must be brought to the 1st class.

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OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement

8 hours


This course is for OFA 010 or OFA 020 certified first aid attendants that work in environments requiring Transportation Endorsement in addition to their Occupational First Aid Level 1 or 2, according to WSBC Regulations Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 to 3.21). Students will be required to complete an NIC Waiver form at the first class. Certificate is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification and current OFA Level 1 or 2 Certificate must be brought to class.

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WSF-019 Orientation to WHMIS Online


Orientation to Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a comprehensive on-line program that covers all major topics relevant for new hires. The online material will cover the fundamental information for worker education, including material safety and training. You must complete the course within 30 days. A valid email address is required.


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WSF-038 Fall Protection


This course is designed for those who are expected to work at heights. Before being exposed to the risk of a fall, workers must be educated and trained in how to protect themselves. While fitting their own harness, establishing an anchor point or inspecting damaged equipment, participants receive practical experience during training.


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