Silviculture

New Zealand has an estimated 1.79 million hectares planted in production forests. Silviculture workers improve tree growth for sustainability and economic benefit.

Employers

We can provide training plans, support and qualifications - tailored to your businesses specific needs.

What do we offer?

We partner with your industry associations (Forest Industry Contractors AssociationNZ Forest Owners AssociationNZ Farm Forestry Association) and members of your industry to help recruit and build talented employees. This support includes promoting careers in your industry and identifying potential trainees.

We also ensure your industry’s qualifications continue to meet needs, support industry events like local graduations, and regularly celebrate your learners’ success.

When apprentices enrol, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the forestry industry and the skills learners and businesses need to gain.

Qualifications available

Competenz can help with silviculture qualifications at both Level 3 and  Level 4. Due to recent changes in New Zealand apprenticeship funding rules, apprenticeships are no longer offered in silviculture. 

In some cases two programme options exist for each qualification. A trainee may be able to complete the qualification in a shorter time if they already have some of the required unit standards.

Strands

Breaking Out, Establishment, Landing Operations

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have skills and knowledge relevant to entrylevel roles in a commercial forestry operation (establishment and silviculture) or commercial harvesting operation. Graduates will have a basic understanding of the industry and the hazardous nature of the industry. They will be able to work under close supervision to meet quality requirements of an operation while maintaining their own safety. The qualification includes four strands which represent distinct activities within the forestry industry that are undertaken in either forestry operations or harvesting operations.

NZQA qualification overview

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Chemical Handling, Mensuration, Pruning, and Thin to Waste

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to operate at a production level within their chosen discipline, in an operational role in a commercial forest harvesting or log scaling operation. Graduates will have an understanding of safety and environmental and quality requirements of working in a forest harvesting or log scaling operation. They will work under limited supervision to meet commercial productivity requirements. The qualification includes nine strands which represent distinct activities undertaken in harvesting operations or log scaling operations.

NZQA qualification overview

Strands

Harvesting, Inventory, and Silviculture

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the advanced skills and knowledge to be employed in a supervisory role in a forestry, mensuration or harvesting operation. They will be able to plan and supervise day-to-day activities within a harvesting, forestry, or mensuration operation. Graduates will be able to work without supervision and be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of forestry employees, plant and equipment. Graduates will also be capable of maintaining productivity within the operation. The qualification includes three strands which represent distinct activities within forestry, inventory and harvesting operations.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed as a crew or operations manager in a forestry or forest harvesting operation who are managing crew operations. Graduates will be able to work at an operational management level and apply effective crew management to make day-to-day business and operational decisions that ensure an operation is safe, productive and cost effective.

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed as a crew or operations manager in a forestry or forest harvesting operation who are managing crew operations. Graduates will be able to work at an operational management level and apply effective crew management to make day-to-day business and operational decisions that ensure an operation is safe, productive and cost effective.

NZQA qualification overview

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to carry out a technical or management role within the forest growing and harvesting sectors. The forest industry will benefit from having people who can apply a blend of management skills and forest knowledge to enable them to contribute to the medium and long-term planning and management of forest operations. They will have developed a broad range of skills including the use of a wide range of industry specific software, forest planning, harvesting, supply chain management, log product logistics, commercial and financial analysis and contract management.

NZQA qualification overview