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 manual processing and quality control.
You could play a key role in harvesting our production forests by working in a commercial forest harvesting or log scaling operation.
There's a mix of practical learning, with some theory, as well as 10 weeks of industry experience. 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 basic logging cuts, 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 (Manual Processing) (Quality Control) (Level 3)
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20 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
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- 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
|Indicative Fees||Approx. $420-$516 per 10 credit topic and $633-$774 per 15 credit topic for domestic students|
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The items below are provided as part of your compulsory course fees, however if you need to replace these items, the items will approximately cost:
Total - approx. $980
Help with fees
Are you Eligible for Free Fees?
There are two ways you can take advantage of free fees. One is through Toi Ohomai’s range of free courses. These are separate to the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative so you don’t need to check your eligibility in relation to fees – simply apply in the normal way and we’ll take it from there.
The other is through the government’s ‘fees free’ initiative: If you’re starting tertiary study for the first time you might be eligible for a year’s worth of free fees. Find out more in our FAQ about the government’s fees free initiative.
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.
Find out more and apply at studylink.govt.nz
Scholarships are one way you might be able to get some financial help. Any scholarships specifically related to this course are shown below, otherwise check out the full list of scholarships promoted by Toi Ohomai.
Course Entry Information
- 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.
For courses at levels 1-3, domestic and international students will be required to:
Complete a diagnostic assessment either prior to or in the first 2 weeks of their study to ensure students can meet adequate literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to meet all academic, health and safety requirements of their programme and to enable appropriate support to be provided.
Provide evidence of ability to complete academic requirements.
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.
Course Locations and Intake Information
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- 20 weeks full-time, including holidays (if applicable)
Further Study Options
Courses Currently Under Development at Toi Ohomai, or Offered at Other Institutions
- New Zealand Certificate in Forestry (Log Stock Management) (Level 4) with strands in Log Inventory, and Log Marshalling