Coastal Forest Technology Diploma

Gain the skills and technical knowledge to become a valuable member of BC’s forest management team. Designed with the input of industry leaders and with a focus on applied and experiential learning, you’ll learn a wide range of forestry theory and applied learning to prepare you for a successful and rewarding career in the coastal forest sector.


Watch a virtual program information session with instructor Coleen MacLean-Marlow and recruiter Renae Roles

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Campbell River
Starts: February
Length: 2 years
Delivery: On-campus and Digital (Blended)

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Forestry is a close knit community of men and women dedicated to the practice of, and advancing our knowledge in, sustainable management. BC, the north island specifically, will continue to need highly skilled forest professionals. Forestry has provided a good life for me and my family and I’m proud to be part of the team launching a much needed regional program.

Coleen MacLean-Marlow, registered professional forester, NIC forestry instructor

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Program Requirements

Year 1

  • RFT-100 Introduction to Forestry
  • RFT-101 Indigenous Lands and Culture
  • RFT-102 Forest Health and Safety
  • RFT-103 Applied Technology and Data Management
  • RFT-104 Plant Identification and Classification
  • RFT-105 Coastal Harvesting Systems
  • RFT-106 Introduction to Timber Cruising
  • RFT-107 Workplace Readiness Skills
  • RFT-108 Principles of Forest Engineering
  • RFT-110 Technical Communication
  • RFT-111 Forest Soils and Geomorphology
  • RFT-112 Introduction to GIS
  • RFT-113 Technical Math for Forestry
  • RFT-114 Forest Hydrology and Riparian Management
  • RFT-115 Ecosystem Science
  • RFT-116 Forest Measurements and Sampling Techniques
  • RFT-117 Statistical Analysis for Forestry
  • *OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1
  • *OFA-015 Occupational First Aid Transportation Endorsement
  • *WSF-019 Orientation to WHMIS Online
  • *FOR-012 Basic S100 Fire Suppression & Safety
  • *WFO-015 Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance
  • *WSF-038 Fall Protection

*Note: If you do not have current, valid First Aid, Transportation Endorsement, WHMIS, Fire Suppression & Safety, Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance, and Fall Protection certification you are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged.

Year 2

Completion Requirements

  1. You will be required to achieve a minimum of C for each course and successfully pass all industry certificate courses to achieve program completion requirements.
  2. The Coastal Forest Technician Diploma must be completed within 3 years of admission to the program.
  3. A minimum of 50% of the program must be completed at North Island College.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-096, NIC ENG-098; or C+ in NIC ESL-092 and ESL-095; or completion of NIC ENG-104; or successful NIC assessment testing in English.
  2. C in one of Principles of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Applications of Math 12, or NIC MAT-053; or C+ in Foundations of Math 11 or NIC MAT-055; or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
  3. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.


Coleen MacLean

Coleen MacLean


Trades & Apprenticeships

Master's in Environment and Management (Royal Roads University, 2018)

Subjects: Coastal Forest Worker
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9723 | Location AWG - 224

Program Highlights

Developed with the input of industry leaders and with a focus on applied and experiential learning, the 2-year Coastal Forestry Technology Diploma program prepares graduates to keep pace with the latest practices and technologies required by the BC Forestry Sector.

You’ll gain a comprehensive foundation in ecology, silviculture, forest measurements, forest operations, sustainable resource management, cultural resource management, communication skills and occupational safety.

Program Outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify, explain and demonstrate forest technologists’ skills, competencies and functions inclusive of forest measurements, silviculture, forest operations and forest protection.
  • Demonstrate an ability to integrate Indigenous knowledge, values and objectives in operational planning and management practices.
  • Identify and describe forest ecosystems.
  • Describe the components of forest ecosystems and their complex interactions.
  • Conduct forest inventory surveys and field measurements to determine forest resource values.
  • Identify, assess and mitigate the impacts of a wide range of forest health factors.
  • Contribute to all phases of forest management.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of relevant legislation and regulatory requirements.
  • Demonstrate respectful stakeholder engagement.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct.
  • Demonstrate project management and coordination skills with health, safety and environmental considerations as per Forest Technologist practice and requirements.
  • Communicate effectively in all areas of resource management using appropriate terms and concepts.
  • Apply mensuration principles and standards when collecting field data.
  • Use leading edge software and technology in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of field data to accurately represent resource inventories
  • Apply principles of wildfire prevention and protection.
  • Identify, select, operate, and maintain tools and equipment as appropriate in a variety of environmental conditions.
  • Demonstrate ability to work in accordance with safety and operating standards.
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment while applying effective teamwork, leadership and interpersonal skills.

Career Opportunities

Graduates will have the opportunity to apply through the ABCFP to become a Trainee Forest Technologist (TFT) on the pathway to becoming a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) upon completion.

Potential employment options include:

  • Timber Cruiser
  • Forest Engineer
  • Wildfire Specialist
  • Operations Technologist
  • Riparian Assessor
  • Forest Health Surveyor
  • Silvicultural Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • Timber Appraisal Specialist
  • Forest Protection Officer

Supply List

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

Field Equipment - if you do not already have this equipment, please wait until after orientation to purchase. Specific guidance will be given then.

  • caulk boots
  • Hiking boots
  • High vis rain gear
  • high visibility vest
  • hard hat with visor and ear protectors
  • safety glasses
  • Suunto clinometer
  • compass
  • pocket scale
  • field book (waterproof)
  • rite-in- rain note paper
  • 3" binder & note paper
  • flash drive
  • pens, pencils, highlighters and eraser

iPad & environmental case Tech Specs

  • iPad mini or iPad Air (mini is often preferred for field work)
  • 64 GB or higher
  • MUST be Wi-fi + Cellular enabled (You do not need a data plan)

Environmental Case: please ensure your case matches your model of iPad. Examples of cases can be found here.  

Tuition & Costs Estimate

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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1 Year 2 Grand Total
Tuition $6,897 $6,292
NISU Fees $285 $260
Lab Fees $700 $100
Books $1,000 $1,000
Learner Resource $308 $280
Health and Dental $275 $275
Total $9,465 $8,207 $17,672

Students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental plan ($275).

Book costs notes are estimates for planning purposes.  Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.

Find out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC Funding.

Note: Students are required to have current, valid First Aid, Transportation Endorsement, WHMIS, Fire Suppression & Safety, Wildfire Entrapment Avoidance, and Fall Protection certification.  These courses are required to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged.