Gain hands-on experience on dryland log sorts, learning the steps required in weight scaling, how to grade logs, identify log species and more. Learn practical skills through class lectures, directed home study and field work as you prepare for the Ministry of Forests theoretical Coastal Log Scaling Exam. 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.
Log scalers categorize and assess the logs coming out of the woods to ensure our forest resources are used the best way they can be. It’s a key part of the forest industry and very rewarding work.
Scott McKillop, Coastal Log Scaling instructor
You must pass all courses to receive a program completion certificate.
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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.
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.