Harvesting

98% of New Zealand’s wood comes from sustainably managed forests making this the ideal industry for the future

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

Qualifications available

Forestry harvesting involves a number of technical disciplines. Each discipline has a unique qualification and set of unit standards designed to develop competence and promote best practice on site.

Trainees may complete these qualifications individually and progress from one level to the next. Programme length varies but qualifications typically take from 6–18 months to complete.

Apprenticeships are also available in some disciplines. An apprenticeship usually combines two qualifications into one programme and will take longer to complete. Apprentices have a longer term commitment to the industry and receive a greater level of support from Competenz.

Your Competenz training advisor can discuss the best apprenticeship or training option for your business and your trainee.

The qualifications available are listed below.

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

Strands  

Basic Machine Operation, Tree Felling, Breaking Out-Cable, Breaking Out-Ground based, Manual Processing, Log Scaling, Poleman, Production Thinning, and Quality Control

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

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed in a production role in a harvesting operation. They will hold a senior position within the crew and will be able to contribute to the planning of a harvesting operation. They will be able to make decisions regarding their area of specialisation. Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of forest harvesting plant and equipment without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of maintaining productivity within the operation. The qualification includes eleven strands which represent distinct activities within forest harvesting operations. 

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 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