New Zealand Certificate in Forest harvesting Operations (Level 3) - Strand in Basic Machine Operation

Programme details

Translation Pōkaitahi ā-Motu Tikanga Hauhake Ngahere (Taumata 3) Mahi ā-ringa me ngā Wāhanga o te Mana Painga
Code NZ2326
Level 3
Credits 55
Duration 12 weeks
Domestic student fee $5,577* (per year)
IntakesJanuary, May, August
Study options Full-time
LocationRotorua (Mokoia)
Further study New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 4)
*Fees are applicable to study in 2017 and are indicative only; fees will vary depending on the courses selected, and/or course-related costs where applicable.
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Programme aim

This programme provides a broad background of practical forestry knowledge and skills enabling you to progress into employment or onto higher programmes where you can study specific forestry topics.

Specialist strands in this programme

Strand in Manual Processing, and Quality Control are also available.
In addition strands such as Tree Felling, Breaking Out - Cable, Breaking Out - Ground Based, Log Scaling, Poleman, and Production Thinning, are also available for individuals already working within industry.

Career opportunities

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

Award information

To achieve the award of the New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3), students must pass the compulsory courses for the core and compulsory courses for the enrolled strand/s.

30 core, PLUS one or more of the following strands:

  • Manual Processing strand (42 credits)
  • Quality Control strand (15 credits)

Knowledge and skills you will gain

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of health and safety responsibilities, hazard management, emergency procedures, and communication systems to maintain safety during commercial forest harvesting or log scaling operations.
  • Apply an understanding of personal and environmental factors affecting commercial forest harvesting operations in order to protect personal wellbeing, team relationships and the physical environment, including historical sites and areas of cultural significance to Maori.
  • Operate and Maintain a Chainsaw in a commercial forestry operation
  • Trim and cut logs as marked by the log maker in a commercial landing operation
  • Carry out quality control in a landing operation of measured logs to ensure log specifications are met, and re-grade logs to maximise value; and
  • have appropriate literacy and numeracy skills to perform academic and practical tasks at the required level.

Entry criteria

Entry to the programme, including English Language requirements and academic requirements will be in accordance the criteria specified in the Regulatory Framework. In addition applicants must:

  • be 16 years old at the time the programme commences;
  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level;
  • be physically able to complete the programme specific outcomes.

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