Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.
We partner with your industry associations (Forest Industry Contractors Association (FICA), NZ Forest Owners Association (FOA), NZ Farm Forestry Association (FFA)) 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 your worker enrols as an apprentice or learner, we assign them a Competenz account manager. Our account managers understand the forestry industry and the skills learners and businesses need
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 9-18 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 account manager can discuss the best apprenticeship or training option for your business and your trainee.
The qualifications available are listed below.
New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills (Level 2)
New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3)
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. Graduates will have an understanding of the safety and environmental and quality requirements of working in a forest harvesting. They will work under limited supervision to meet commercial productivity requirements. The qualification includes four strands that represent distinct activities undertaken in harvesting operations.
New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 4)
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.
New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Operations (Planning and Monitoring), Level 4
The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge to be employed in a supervisory role in a forestry (silviculture) or harvesting operation. They will be able to plan and supervise day-to-day activities within a forestry or harvesting 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 two strands which represent planning and monitoring activities within harvesting and silviculture operations.
You’ll get qualified without a student loan, all while learning practical skills from industry experts. You can put that money towards something else you really want – might be a new car, new tools or a new house.
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