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

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Are you aged 16-19? The Youth Guarantee Scheme provides the chance to study for free for up to two years, and can support you with transport and pastoral care.

About this programme

This programme provides the basic knowledge and skills required to get started in the forestry industry. You’ll learn basic skills in either harvesting (including chainsaw skills and maintenance), or silviculture, from chainsaw skills to plantation forest establishment and pruning. You’ll also be able to carry out basic first aid, and learn how worker performance is affected by a range of factors.

What you will learn

You will learn to:

  • Demonstrate basic skills in either harvesting (chainsaw skills, breaking out, processing stems to log length) or silviculture (chainsaw skills, plantation forest establishment, pruning plantation trees, releasing plantation trees)

  • Provide first aid

  • Demonstrate knowledge of industry regulations according to the approved code of practice.

Career pathways and opportunities

This qualification can lead to the New Zealand Certificate in Forestry Operations (Level 3) or New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3).

Holders of this qualification will be equipped to work in entry-level roles in a forestry or harvesting operation. They could be employed as planters, pruners, breaker-outs or manual processors.

  • Skid work

  • Breaking out - Hauler - Ground based

  • Log making

  • Machine operation 

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 Industry Foundation Skills (Level 2)

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

From 1 January 2023, all NorthTec learners will be part of Te Pūkenga. Please note that these programmes of study are currently under review as part of the reform of vocational education training and may be subject to change.

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Full time


1 semester

Start Dates

On demand

Cost Incl. GST (Approx):

Domestic: Fees free

International: Programme not open to international students

Programme Code


Phone 0800 162 100
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