New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations


  • Cable Extraction
  • Ground Based Extraction
  • Head Breaker Out
  • Loading
  • Log Making
  • Mechanised Felling
  • Mechanised Processing
  • Spotting
  • Swing Yarder Extraction
  • Tree Felling
  • Mobile Cable Yarder.

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.

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