NZ Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills

Establishment & Pruning

  • Level 2
  • 22 weeks
  • No fees

Programme overview:

Our pine forests aren't just left to grow on their own - they need workers to plant and maintain them by knowing which trees to remove and which ones need to be left to grow.

This nationally recognised qualification provides the foundation skills you need to plant and tend forests. You'll learn mainly out in the bush, where you'll get some real experience working with other forestry professionals.

When you pass this programme, you'll get this qualification:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills Level 2 (Establishment & Pruning)

You'll learn about:

  • general safety requirements in a forest operation
  • safe practices when working at vegetation fires
  • plantation forest establishment (planting, fertilising and releasing)
  • silviculture operations (pruning and thinning).

Where will this take me?

I want to keep studying

You can progress to a level 3 programme in a range of subjects or continue your forestry journey with another institution.

I want to use my qualification

You'll be ready to apply for entry-level forestry work undertaking planting or pruning activities in a commercial forestry operation.


How you'll study:

This programme consists of 66 credits delivered over 22 weeks. Throughout the programme you'll need to attend:

  • classes (approximately 23 hours per week)

You'll also need to complete set activities in your own time for approximately 10 hours per week.


Entry criteria:

To enrol in this programme, a potential student must:

  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be a New Zealand citizen (or citizen of Australia, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands) or permanent resident
  • attend an interview
  • successfully complete a pre-entry assessment
  • successfully complete a physical fitness assessment
  • consent to ongoing drug testing throughout the programme.
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