Coastal Log Scaling

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 at home virtual 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.

 This program is currently not available to international applicants.
Where: Online and off-campus, see Highlights tab for details
Length: 8 months
Delivery: Blended

We’ve detected that you are using Internet Explorer. EducationPlannerBC (BC’s post-secondary online application system) supports the Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari browser.

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

close button

Share this gallery:

Program Requirements

  • LOG-015 Log Scaler Training - Theory
  • LOG-016 Coastal Log Scaling - Practical
  • OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1 (Students must submit a valid OFA Level 1 certificate prior to attending field work)

Completion Requirements

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

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.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

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

Before Classes Begin

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 30 hours a week for classroom and home studies.
  • have a minimum Grade 10 completion.
Previous experience in the forest industry is an asset.

Accessible Learning

Making education accessible for those with a documented disability is a key priority for NIC. We offer a wide range of services, supports and resources for students. For more information visit: Accessible Learning Services.

Program Highlights

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 part-time course consisting of virtual classroom lectures, directed home study and fieldwork. The fieldwork will take place in the Nanaimo area on Saturdays/Sundays for 12 weeks. Students must arrange transportation to Nanaimo. The majority of time will be spent in the field on dry-land log sorts learning and practicing skills. You can expect scheduled, online classes in the evenings and on the weekends, and must be able to commit to an average of 30 hours of study per week. It is recommended that you have good math skills and previous experience in the forest industry before applying. Students must have a desktop or laptop computer with a working camera, audio and internet service in order to complete this program.

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

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.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $7,500
Total $7,500