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Apprenticeship training course

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.
  • (Establishment & maintenance) 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).
  • (Establishment & maintenance) Improve quality of tree crop, including brashing and formative pruning.
  • (Establishment & maintenance) Control vegetation or pests by chemical means (biocides or organic equivalents).
  • (Harvesting) Fell large trees motor-manually including use of assisted fell techniques.
  • (Harvesting) Use hand winches in forestry.
  • (Harvesting) Prepare timber for extraction including snedding, measuring, cross cutting and sorting timber to product specification.

Full information on Forest craftsperson (level 3) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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