Timber Harvesting Operator (NSW/ACT)
Education and Training:
You can work as a timber harvesting operator without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job. However, entry to this occupation may be improved if you have qualifications. You may like to consider a VET qualification in harvesting and haulage or forest operations. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information.
You can also become a timber harvesting operator through a traineeship in Harvesting and Haulage or Forest Operations. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
In order to work as a timber harvesting operator, you may need to qualify for and obtain a relevant licence. Contact Forests NSW or ForestWorks for more information.
Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Forest and Forest Products Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.
While the following courses are related to this occupation, they may not necessarily lead directly to employment, nor provide the most direct pathway to the occupation. Courses which provide preliminary or informal training, as well as those which provide additional job skills following initial qualifications may also be listed.
*Course is offered by more than one institution. Click link for details.
- Trim and Cut Felled Trees (FPI Unit)
- Certificate II in Harvesting and Haulage *
- Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage *
Timber harvesting operators are employed by both private companies and the public sector to work in native forests or plantations. Harvesting is usually carried out by harvesting contractors working in small teams. With experience and further training, a timber harvesting operator may become a crew leader or foreman.
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