New Zealand Certificate in Forestry Operations (Level 3)

Kaikohe, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Whangarei
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About this programme

This programme provides students with the the skills and knowledge required to be employed in a production role in a commercial establishment, silviculture, or mensuration forestry operation. This programme has strands in Chemical Handling, Mensuration, Pruning, and Thin to Waste.

What you will learn

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Apply an understanding of health and safety responsibilities, hazard management, emergency procedures, and communication systems to maintain safety during chemical handling, mensuration, pruning, or thinning operations in a commercial forest.

  • Apply an understanding of personal and environmental factors affecting forestry operations in order to protect personal wellbeing, team relationships and the physical environment, including historical sites and areas of cultural significance to Māori.

  • Work under limited supervision to meet quality requirements of a job prescription.

Courses Level Credits
3483.0001 - Health, Safety and Hazard Management 3 15
3483.0002 - Working in a Forestry Environment 3 15
3483.0006 - Tree Selection 3 10
3483.0007 - Pruning 3 20

Career pathways and opportunities

This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Forest Industry Operations (Level 4). Those graduates that move from the forestry sector to the harvesting sector may decide to complete the following qualification at the same level New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3).

Holders of this qualification will be able to work in a forestry operations crew carrying out work in the establishment, silviculture, or mensuration sectors of the industry. Roles may include for example: planter, pruner, waste thinner, tree measurer, chemical handler.

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 Forestry 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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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


1 semester

Start Dates

Kaikohe: February

Kaitaia: February

Kerikeri: February

Whangarei: February

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: TBC

Student levy may apply

International: Programme not open to international students

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Phone 0800 162 100
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