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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment


Learn to grow, harvest and process wood on a farm, woodland or for a native forest. Learn the key principles and practical management of trees in agroforestry and urban forestry.

Improve commercial output from tree production with this course focusing on suitable timber types, growing conditions for specific species, safe and efficient workplace practices and more. Discover the most suitable species for your environment, report on your local area, and discuss possibilities with experts in the field.

What is Forestry?
Broadly defined as the science and practice of managing trees for use in agriculture, environmental and climate change mitigation, for human health and animal shelter, for tourism and manufacturing, forestry is a key industry for the broader economy. Working in forestry provides opportunities for professional growth and career advances if you seek that.

Factors related to wood and timber production include:

  • Tree health and physiology
  • Planting and pruning
  • Soil knowledge and management
  • Tree rotation and forest design
  • Working with tools and equipment
  • Processing for raw wood or construction timber
  • Preservations, treatments and legalities
  • Manufacturing high end specialist products for furniture or ornamental products

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Lesson 1 The Scope, Nature and Fundamentals of Forestry

  • Introduction to Forests
  • Tree Value
  • Understanding Wood
  • Tools in Forestry
  • Power Tools and General Tool Maintenance
  • Deciding on Tools in Agroforestry Applications
  • Extending Chain Life
  • Duty of Care in The Workplace
  • Protective Equipment

Lesson 2 Timber Types

  • Introduction to Timber and Forest Products
  • Different Types of Wood and Their Uses
  • Composites

Lesson 3 Harvesting

  • Tree Felling and Stump Removal
  • Protecting Trees
  • National Tree Registers
  • Keeping the Work Site Safe
  • Duty of Care
  • Costing Jobs

Lesson 4 Milling and Processing

  • Introduction to Processing Timber
  • Turning Trees into Timber
  • Reviewing Saws
  • Effecting of Shrinkage
  • Wood Preservation in Cut Timber

Lesson 5 Plantation and Forestry Management

  • Introduction
  • Key terms
  • Silviculture
  • Shelterbelts
  • Pruning and Thinning

Lesson 6 Conservation & Restoration Forestry

  • Introduction to conservation and restoration
  • Forestry for Wildlife Conservation
  • Forestry for Erosion Control
  • Forestry for Salinity Control
  • Design Options including wide-spaced, clump and cluster and woodlots

Lesson 7 Agroforestry

  • Introduction to agroforestry
  • Benefits of Agroforestry including carbon sinks and credits
  • Agroforestry in Farming
  • Future Developments

Lesson 8 Urban Forestry

  • Introduction to Urban Forestry
  • Selecting Tree Species
  • Where to Plant
  • Environmental and Health Benefits of Trees in Urban Environments
  • Production Benefits of Trees in Urban Environments

Lesson 9 PBL: Planning a Commercial Timber Production

  • Project Based Activity: to write a plan for commercial timber production on a small 5-acre woodlot, taking account of the site specific and environmental considerations.


This is jampacked course which will give you the solid foundation needed for working with trees. You will:

  • Visit forests where possible - these could be native forests, on farms or state own plantations.
  • Review tools used in forestry operations.
  • Conduct research into current employment opportunities.
  • Research specific tree species of interest or those found in your region.
  • Investigate wooden products found in your home or workspace.
  • Assess and plan tree for removal of a particular tree.
  • Collect images of sawing patterns as a resource file.
  • Connect with timber preservation processors to expand knowledge on wood treatments and processes.
  • Develop a pruning guide.
  • Investigate international forestry conservation projects.
  • Contact the forestry commission or department of environment and agriculture to explore the current preferences, trends
  • and specifications relating to forest design.
  • Watch online videos explaining agroforestry principles and practices to support your learning.
  • Visit rural locations to identify agroforestry in the region near you.
  • Deepen your understanding of trees for agricultural purposes by examining farms and trees.
  • Become familiar with local government projects or initiatives in urban forestry.
  • Report on observations of urban forestry in your region.
  • Interview two people or what they know or understand about urban forestry and the impacts
  • on their lives.
  • Write a schedule for commercial timber production (a tutor supported project at the end of the course).

Check out this activity taken right out of the course materials! 

Set Task Activity Lesson 1

You should try to visit either of the following:

  1. Natural forests and/or woodlands in your area. Take pictures if possible. Aim to visit at least one natural woodland.
  2. One plantation or woodlot which you can safely and legally enter. Again, take pictures if possible.

The purpose of the activity is to immerse yourself in the surroundings of the forest or plantation.

Make notes on the following based on your observations - 

  • Species diversity
  • Density of the plantation or forest
  • Canopy cover and light availability
  • The forest floor – i.e. ground species or lower level species
  • Fauna species present
  • Man-made structures or controls i.e. gates, tree guards etc, signage
  • Agricultural businesses within proximity of the forest of plantation

Spend around 1 hour on this task.


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