Optimise your crew and future-proof your business with forestry skills training.

Competenz has collaborated with the forest industry over the past
ten years to deliver training that meets the needs of your business.

Why on-the-job training?

Investing in upskilling your teams on-the-job with the technical skills they need can help future-proof your business with minimal down-time, while increasing productivity and quality.

The continued rate of technological advances in many industries has revealed the immediate need for a skilled workforce that can keep pace. On-the-job training provides you with immediate access to skills development that address these gaps without taking your crew away from the tools. Employees without formal qualifications can benefit from a training structure to gain the qualifications they need.

What are my training options?


Traineeships are short training programmes of usually 9-18 months’ duration that combine practical and technical training to give your people a formal qualification. They are a great way to up-skill and cross-skill your teams.


Apprenticeships combine theoretical and on-the-job training resulting in a level 4 qualification. They are available in some forestry disciplines, combining two qualifications into a programme. Apprentices dedicate a longer-term commitment to the industry.  


Micro-credentials provide bite-sized learning that gets your workforce upskilled in specific operational tasks required by industry. They are nationally recognised and registered with NZQA.  

How can Competenz help?

A Competenz account manager will work with you to understand your business and the skills you need, now and in the future. When a training agreement is signed, a formal three-party arrangement is initiated between Competenz, the employer and the learner to ensure learning goals are achieved. We provide training and assessment materials and regular workplace visits, as well as arrange assessments.  

Our forestry sectors

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Pathways in forestry


We have a few micro-credentials that may be of interest.

Plant plantation trees

Equips your team with essential skills to be able to meet the industry standards for the safety, quality, and environmental requirements of tree planting.  

Forestry environment

Made up of three key units required by many forest management companies. Your teams will learn about general health, safety and environmental requirements and identify the factors that affect performance of forestry workers.

Chainsaw use

Suitable for all entry-level chainsaw users in production forestry operations. It covers key health and safety knowledge and operational rules, as well as basic mechanical skill sets.

Demonstrate basic chainsaw operation

Covers basic chainsaw usage and is suitable for chainsaw users who are not working in a production forestry operation.

Find Your Fit In Forestry

Are you struggling to find the right people for your business? Forestry Careers New Zealand has a helpful job board that will get your vacancy in front of key industry leaders. Their ‘Find Your Fit In Forestry’ website also has other great resources for your crew as they move through their careers.

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Contact us

A Competenz account manager can discuss the best training option for your business and your crew. Fill out the form below to get started.

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