NZ Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations

Cable or Ground-based Logging

  • Level 3
  • 36 or 34 weeks
  • Fees apply

Programme overview:

Forestry is New Zealand’s third-largest industry, and foreign demand for timber from our sustainably-managed forests is expected to continue to grow in the years to come.

You’ll learn the necessary practical skills in extracting and processing logs ensuring quality is maintained. Learn how to keep yourself and others safe as you work independently within a team. If you think you have what it takes to work in a challenging environment – then this qualification is for you.


You'll learn about:

  • safety requirements when working in a forest harvesting operation
  • the approved code of practice relating to chainsaw operation and maintenance
  • harvesting and wire rope preparation
  • planning breaking out and line shifts for a harvesting operation
  • tree stem processing on a landing

You'll know how to:

  • carry out quality control of logs on a landing operation
  • undertake harvesting (cable-based or ground-based)
  • plan and carry out breaking out and assist in line shifts for a cable or ground-based harvesting operation
  • prepare wire ropes for harvesting operations
  • manage first aid in emergency situations

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You could move on to a diploma in forestry operations or management at another organisation.

I want to use my qualification

You’ll be ready to take on entry-level roles in forestry harvesting operations.


How you'll study:

  • weekdays either on campus or off-site

Entry criteria:

  • attend an interview
  • complete a pre-entry and fitness assessment
  • pass a drug test and agree to be tested throughout the programme

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