New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3)

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About this programme

This programme is ideal if you have entry-level knowledge of a forestry operation. It will teach you the skills needed to carry out day-to-day operational functions within a forest, and to gain employment in a production role in a commercial forest harvesting or log scaling operation. A range of specialist strands are available to choose from.

What you will learn

You will undertake a range of courses, which may include:

  • Health and Safety for Forest Harvesting

  • Personal and Environmental Factors in Forest Harvesting

  • Manual Processing

  • Quality Control for Landing Operations

  • Breaking Out and Lineshifts

  • Poleman on a Cable Harvesting Landing

  • Basic Machine Operation

  • Tree Felling

  • Breaking Out - Ground Based 

  • Production Thinning

Admission Information

All applicants must:

  • be at least 16 years old at the time the programme commences

  • be able to read, write, and communicate in English at a basic level

  • be physically able to complete the programme-specific outcomes.

Students will be expected to participate in drugs testing, as this is a requirement by the forestry industry.

Qualification gained

New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3)

Courses and programmes may be cancelled, postponed or have their content or configuration changed from time to time (including during the academic year) at the discretion of NorthTec. Fees are an indication, include GST and apply to domestic students only. View terms and conditions

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Forestry Tutors
Nigel Drummond
Nigel Drummond

The safety of the forestry worker and making sure they go home at the end of the day, is premium. After 20 years in forestry, I’m now tutoring level 3 and 4 NorthTec forestry guys out in the field, so I make sure I promote the health and safety aspects.




Full time


6 months

Start Dates

Whangarei: July

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: $1,400.70

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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