Silviculture

Competenz can provide training plans, support and qualifications – tailored to your businesses specific needs.

How we work with you

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 to gain.


Qualifications available

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.

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.

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.

Qualification on offer

New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills (Level 2)

  • The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge relevant to entry level roles in a 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.

New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Foundation Skills (Level 2)

  • The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forest industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge relevant to entry level roles in a commercial forestry operation (establishment and silviculture). 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.


New Zealand Certificate in Forestry Operations (Level 3)

Strands

  • Basic Machine Operation
  • Mensuration
  • Thin to Waste
  • Planting
  • Production Thinning
  • Pruning.

The purpose of this qualification is to provide the forestry industry with individuals who have the skills and knowledge required to be employed in a production role in a commercial establishment, silviculture, or mensuration forestry operation.

Graduates will be able to work under limited supervision to meet the quality requirements of a job prescription.

The qualification includes six strands which represent distinct activities within forestry operations.

New Zealand Certificate in Forest Operations (Level 4)

Strands

  • Mechanised Land Preparation
  • Mechanised Thinning.

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 commercial forestry operation and contribute to the planning of operations. They will be able to make decisions in their area of specialisation.


Graduates will be able to operate mechanised plant and equipment safely and efficiently without supervision and maintain plant equipment while retaining productivity within the operation. The qualification includes two strands in mechanised land preparation and mechanised thinning which represent distinct activities within forestry operations.

New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Operations (Planning and Monitoring), Level 4

Strands

  • Silviculture
  • Harvesting

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.

The best part? Earn while you learn - there's no student loan

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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