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Forestry

By 2025 the forestry industry is expected to need an additional 25,900 trained workers to replace the natural attrition of workers within the industry.

Contacts

Mark Preece

Mark Preece

National Manager, Forestry

Phone
027 266 6621
Richard Cowper

Richard Cowper

Product Development & Quality Assurance Industry Manager

Phone
09 539 9860
Jason Hemopo

Jason Hemopo

National Moderator, Forestry

Phone
027 660 5563
Jan Nikora

Jan Nikora

Training Administrator, Forestry

Phone
07 349 5472
Brett Jobe

Brett Jobe

Account Manager, Northland

Phone
021 376 941
Dave Ngatai

Dave Ngatai

Account Manager, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel

Phone
027 272 3877
Cliff Stoddart

Cliff Stoddart

Account Manager, Central North Island, Hawkes Bay and Gisborne

Phone
027 439 9092
Phone
06 845 2698
Bill Davies

Bill Davies

Account Manager, Tauranga

Phone
027 438 8194
Russell Riley

Russell Riley

Account Manager, Lower North Island

Phone
027 422 2583
Tom Snodgrass

Tom Snodgrass

Account Manager, Upper South Island and West Coast

Phone
027 272 3877
Phil Williams

Phil Williams

Account Manager, Lower South Island

Phone
027 438 8096
Phone
03 4817 102

Silviculture qualifications

Qualifications

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

Establishment / Pruning / Thinning to Waste (Small Trees)/Thinning to Waste (Large Trees) / Mensuration

This qualification is aimed at those wishing to gain work in a forestry operation or new entrant employees in a forestry operation.  As such, components of it can be used by providers for pre-employment programmes to develop the skills required for people beginning work in forestry operations.

On completion, candidates will have introductory knowledge of health and safety in a forestry operation.  The strand structure means candidates will also have knowledge relating to a particular operation and basic skills required to begin working under direct supervision. 

Candidates who complete this qualification and gain full time employment in a forestry operation, or who are already employed in a forestry operation, may progress to the National Certificate in Forest Operations (Level 3) with strands in, Tree Felling – Basic Techniques, Thinning for Extraction, Breaking Out for Ground Based Harvesting, Breaking Out for Cable Harvesting, Landing Operations, and [Ref: 1411].

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

Strands   

Establishment / Pruning / Thinning to Waste (Small Trees)/Thinning to Waste (Large Trees) / Mensuration   

This qualification is aimed at candidates with entry level knowledge and skills of a forestry operation.  It provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out day to day operational functions within a forest.  

The qualification has credits in common with, and builds on, the National Certificate in Forest Foundation Skills (Level 2).  This qualification has two core electives sets.  The first contains generic knowledge and skills which are applicable in a variety of forest operations.  The second allows candidates to choose from a variety of forest skills which may be considered necessary for some workers, depending on their particular role, and the way a particular operation is set up.  

The strand structure means candidates can specialise in knowledge and skills pertaining to the role they carry out and the type of operation they are required to work in.

On completion candidates will have a range of well-developed skills relating to the operation they are employed in and will be capable of carrying out their function under general supervision and will be responsible for their own output. 

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

Strands

Establishment / Pruning / Thinning to Waste (Small Trees)/Thinning to Waste (Large Trees) / Mensuration

This qualification is designed for experienced forestry workers who have a good understanding of the forestry operation or operations they work in.  The knowledge and skills covered in this qualification are related to crew roles requiring specialist skills, and/or skills leading to crew management are covered in this qualification.

The qualification includes a core compulsory set, a core elective set, and specialist strands.  The core compulsory and core elective contain generic knowledge and skills which are applicable in a variety of forest operations, and enable crews to operate in a manner which meets customer needs as well as regulatory requirements.  Each strand in this qualification allows candidates to specialise, and to gain advanced knowledge and skills pertaining to the operation they are required to work in.

As the Establishment and Silvicultural Operations Management strand covers management skills related to a variety of Silvicultural operations, candidates must have experience and qualifications in more than one Silvicultural operation before enrolling in this strand.

Candidates who have completed this qualification will have a wide range of technical skills relating to the operation they are employed in.  They will be completely responsible for their own output, and will have the skills and knowledge required to monitor the output of other crew members when required.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

 

This qualification is intended for people who are in a senior forest operations crew management role.  They will have demonstrated competence in managing the operations of a contracting business to achieve specified work outcomes while maximising efficiency and minimising costs in the business. This qualification provides a blend of operational management and improvement, people management and leadership, and on job compliance with legislation, regulations and forest owner requirements.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

Harvesting qualifications

Qualifications

Forestry harvesting is an activity that is comprised of a number of technical disciplines. Each discipline has a unique qualification variation (stand) and specific unit standards (learning outcomes) to help assess competency and promote best practices on site.

All Competenz forestry apprenticeships result in the completion of at least one Level 3 qualification and one Level 4 qualification.  All of our harvesting apprenticeships comply with the New Zealand Apprenticeship rules. These apprenticeships include:

  • Head Breaker-out
  • Log Making & Head Breaker-out
  • Machine Operation Log Extraction  & Mechanised Processing
  • Machine Operation Log Extraction & Mechanised Tree Felling
  • Machine Operation Log Extraction & Production Tree Felling
  • Machine Operations Hauler & Head Breaker-out
  • Machine Operations Hauler & Log Making
  • Machine Operations Hauler & Machine Operations Loader
  • Machine Operations Loader & Log Making
  • Machine Operations Log Extraction & Log Making
  • Machine Operations Log Extraction & Machine Operations Loader
  • Mechanised Processing & Log Making
  • Mechanised Processing & Machine Operations Loader
  • Mechanised Processing & Mechanised Tree Felling
  • Mechanised Tree Felling & Machine Operations Loader
  • Production Tree Felling
  • Production Tree Felling & Head Breaker-out
  • Production Tree Felling & Log Making

These apprenticeships are based on the qualifications detailed below.  In some cases two programme options exist for each qualification.

In achieving a standalone qualification, a trainee may be able to choose a shorter duration option if they already hold some of the required units and so therefore complete the qualification in a shorter time.

Strands

Chainsaw Operations, Breaking Out, Landing Operations

This qualification is aimed at those wishing to gain work in a forestry operation or new entrant employees in a forestry operation.  As such, components of it can be used by providers for pre-employment programmes to develop the skills required for people beginning work in forestry operations.

On completion, candidates will have introductory knowledge of health and safety in a forestry operation.  The strand structure means candidates will also have knowledge relating to a particular operation and basic skills required to begin working under direct supervision.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

Strands

Tree Felling - Basic Techniques / Breaking Out / Landing Operations

This qualification is aimed at candidates with entry level knowledge and skills of a forestry operation.  It provides them with the knowledge and skills needed to carry out day to day operational functions within a forest. The qualification has credits in common with, and builds on, the National Certificate in Forest Foundation Skills (Level 2).

This qualification has two core electives sets. The first contains generic knowledge and skills which are applicable in a variety of forest operations.  The second allows candidates to choose from a variety of forest skills which may be considered necessary for some workers, depending on their particular role, and the way a particular operation is set up.  The strand structure means candidates can specialise in knowledge and skills pertaining to the role they carry out and the type of operation they are required to work in.

On completion candidates will have a range of well-developed skills relating to the operation they are employed in.  They will be capable of carrying out their function under general supervision and will be responsible for their own output.  Candidates who complete this qualification may continue a career pathway onto the National Certificate in Forest Operations Advanced (Level 4).

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

Strands

Tree Felling / Hauler Set-Up / Machine Operations - Hauler, Head Breaker Out - Cable Harvesting / Log Making / Machine Operations - Log Extraction / Machine Operations – Loader / Mechanised Tree Felling / Mechanised Processing

This qualification is designed for experienced forestry workers who have a good understanding of the forestry operation or operations they work in. The knowledge and skills covered in this qualification are related to crew roles requiring specialist skills, and/or skills leading to crew management are covered in this qualification.

The qualification includes a core compulsory set, a core elective set, and specialist strands.  The core compulsory and core elective contain generic knowledge and skills which are applicable in a variety of forest operations, and enable crews to operate in a manner which meets customer needs as well as regulatory requirements.  Each strand in this qualification allows candidates to specialise, and to gain advanced knowledge and skills pertaining to the operation they are required to work in.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

This qualification is intended for people who are in a senior forest operations crew management role.  They will have demonstrated competence in managing the operations of a contracting business to achieve specified work outcomes while maximising efficiency and minimising costs in the business. This qualification provides a blend of operational management and improvement, people management and leadership, and on job compliance with legislation, regulations and forest owner requirements.

Click here for the NZQA qualification overview.

Targeted Review of Qualifications

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is reviewing all New Zealand's national and local qualifications. These reviews are called Targeted Reviews of Qualifications (TRoQs).

Find out what is happening with the development of Forestry qualifications here.