Forest craftsperson (level 3)
Carry out the practical operations required to create, maintain and harvest forests and woodlands.
- Qualification level
Equivalent to A level.
- Typical duration
- 24 months
- Apprenticeship category
- Agriculture, environmental and animal care
- Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
- Plan, implement, monitor and review health, safety and welfare of self and others, including creating risk assessments, legislative requirements and organisational policies.
- Plan, implement, check and report environmental mitigation measures, including legal compliance, organisational policies and risk assessment.
- Identify common forestry trees and woodland plants using scientific names.
- Measure trees for assessment of timber volumes.
- Identify and control unwanted vegetation including felling small trees using hand and motor manual tools.
- Plant trees including providing support and protection.
- Monitor and maintain forest and woodland infrastructure for example boundaries and rides.
- Operate and maintain tools, equipment and machinery safely in line with legislation and manufacturers guidance, for example winches, chainsaws or tractors.
- Monitor and control the impact of pests, diseases and disorders.
- Maintain records including digital records and reports.
- Communicate to technical and non-technical audiences including the use of verbal and written techniques.
- Interpret maps, plans and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
- Store and dispose of waste in accordance with regulations, for example chemicals, organic and inorganic waste, pollution and biosecurity controls.
- Load, unload and transport materials and equipment relative to the business
- Process information and communicate using digital technology for example emails, word processing software, video meeting software or applications for recording and sharing information.
- Store and handle trees to minimise negative impacts and maximise establishment potential.
- Protect and maintain plants after planting including weeding, cleaning, re-spacing, beating up and application of products to prevent unwanted vegetation (for example mulch mat).
- Improve quality of tree crop, including brashing and formative pruning.
- Control vegetation or pests by chemical means (biocides or organic equivalents).
- Fell large trees motor-manually including use of assisted fell techniques.
- Use hand winches in forestry.
- Prepare timber for extraction including snedding, measuring, cross cutting and sorting timber to product specification.