New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations


Subject area

Forestry Studies



25 Weeks

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About the course

What can I expect out of this qualification?

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 harvesting operation. They will hold a senior position within the crew and will be able to contribute to the planning of a harvesting operation. They will be able to make decisions regarding their area of specialisation.
Graduates will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of forest harvesting plant and equipment without supervision. Graduates will also be responsible for the maintenance of plant and equipment and will be capable of maintaining productivity within the operation.
The qualification includes eleven strands which represent distinct activities within forest harvesting operations.

Key Information for Students

Entry Requirements

Minimum requirements

NEW ZEALAND CERTIFICATE IN FOREST HARVESTING OPERATIONS (Level 4) NCEA level 2 or; A qualification at Level 2 or above or; Evidence of relevant knowledge and experience in a primary industries environment, including literacy and numeracy abilities equivalent to NCEA (Level 1). ( In this case the applicant may be required to participate in an enrolment interview with the purpose of verifying the evidence International Students This programme is open to international students. Applicants for whom English is not their first language must have an acceptable level of English language fluency prior to enrolment in the programme. Ways, in which English language fluency may be demonstrated include successful study of a programme in which English was the language of instruction (conditions apply); completion of a New Zealand Certificate in English Language ( level 3 with any endorsement); approved scores on IELTS tests(Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5); or completion of accepted international equivalents. 16 years of age at the time the programme commences Students must be physically fit and able to complete practical work. For health and safety purposes, applicants must submit a completed Personal Health Status Declaration to confirm that they will be physically capable of working in the forestry harvesting environment. (refer to Appendix 6). Enrolment onto the programme is conditional on the student agreeing to undergo drug screening as indicated by signing the Student Drug-Free Agreement for the New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 3). (Refer to Appendix 7). In exceptional circumstances an applicant who does not meet the academic entry requirements may be granted entry to the New Zealand Certificates in Forestry Operations(Level 3), and the New Zealand Certificate in Forest Harvesting Operations (Level 4) where they supply evidence to satisfy the Programme Coordinator of their ability to succeed

Detailed requirements

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25 Weeks

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Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 225 5348
Phone: (06) 974 8000
Fax: (06) 974 8905

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