New Zealand Certificate in Forest Operations

Te Pukenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology

Subject area

Forestry Studies


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Entry requirements

The New Zealand Certificate in Forestry Operations (Level 3) with strands in Basic Machine Operations, Mensuration, Production Thinning, Planting, Pruning, and Thin to Waste [Ref: 2334] or equivalent industry experience, is a recommended pre-requisite to this qualification.

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 commercial forestry operation and contribute to the planning of operations. They will be able to make decisions in their area of specialisation.
Graduates will be able to operate a mechanised plant and equipment safely and efficiently without supervision and maintain plant equipment while retaining productivity within the operation.
The qualification includes two strands in mechanised land preparation and mechanised thinning which represent distinct activities within forestry operations.

What graduates earn

Graduates who studied Forestry Studies at this level can earn:


Median earnings one year after study


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Median earnings five years after study

Status one year after study

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Employment rate two years after study

Data as at November 2022

Contact details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 86 22 84
Phone: 0800 86 22 84

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