Course Overview

If you love tools and machines and want to work in the outdoors in New Zealand's forestry industry, this half-year course will get you started. It focuses on all areas of the landing operations.

You could play a key role in harvesting our production forests by working in a commercial forest harvesting landing operation.

There's a mix of practical learning, with some theory, as well as some real industry experience on our own harvest site. You team up with a real harvesting crew to put your skills and knowledge into practice.

You learn how to be safe on site, make logs, correctly process logs according to specific measurements, make decisions about grade and quality, and of course, maintain, sharpen and operate your own chainsaw.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Landing Operations) (Level 3)
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Study options

23 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

Total credits 70
StudyLink assistance Available
Indicative Fees $3,994 for domestic students View full fees information
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Career opportunities

  • Work in a forest harvesting crew carrying out work on the landing.

Topics you'll cover

  • Health and Safety in Forestry Operations
  • Essentials for Working in Forestry Operations
  • Introductory Chainsaw Safety and Use
  • Maintain a Chainsaw
  • Introduction to Landing Operations and Processing

Course Fees

Indicative Fees * $3,994 for domestic students
Course related costs

Chainsaw kit - $2,200 (not compulsory) 

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Student Loans and Allowances

This course meets the requirements for student allowance and student loan applications through StudyLink.

  • A student loan helps to pay for your course fees (the compulsory fees), study materials e.g. books, equipment, and living costs. You'll have to pay this money back.
  • A student allowance is a weekly payment that can help with your living expenses while you're studying. You don't have to pay the money back.

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Course Entry Information

Entry criteria

You must:

  • be 16 years old at the time the course starts,
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level, AND
  • be physically able to complete the course.

Standard Entry Criteria

Admission, entry, selection, and enrolment into programmes will be in accordance with the Academic Regulations and/or, where approved, specific programme regulations.

For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:

Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.

Other Considerations

Successful applicants must sign a Student Drug‐Free Agreement and will be drug tested at the beginning of the course. This aligns with the strict drug testing policies in the forestry industry.

If you test positive for drugs you will need to discuss the outcome of your test result and what this might mean for your study with the relevant manager.

You'll also be unable to complete any practical work until a negative test result is provided. You will be offered support.

English language requirements

Level 3 certificate IELTS General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 or completed New Zealand Certificate in English Language Level 3 with an endorsement of either General, Workplace or Academic, or meets a relevant English Proficiency Outcome as outlined by NZQA.

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Course Locations and Intake Information

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Study options

  • 23 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)

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