Forestry Certificate

What is special about this course?

Scotland's forestry industry is growing and is set to expand substantially over the next decade, with the management of forests in Scotland and the processing of Scottish timber a major contributor to the Scottish economy. It means there's no better time to join the industry.

The Certificate in Forestry will to provide you with the underpinning knowledge and practical skills needed to be a skilled craftsperson in forestry, one of the most interesting and diverse rural sectors.

The Scottish School of Forestry has close links with industry and strong partnerships with agencies including the Forestry Commission, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage, as well as private companies like Euroforest, Tilhill and BSW Timber.

The Certificate will give you practical skills, as well as insight into types of forests in the UK and the diverse range of management activities. The course includes off-site visits, practical activities and talks from industry experts.

Entry requirements

  • You should be a minimum preferred age of 17 by 1st January 2020
  • 3  passes at General Standard Grade/National 4
  • Have an interest in working in woodland conservation and management
  • All applicants are invited to interview.

Subjects include -

  • Tractor driving - an introduction to basic tractor maintenance, driving and reversing with a trailer.
  • Fencing - learn practical skills to maintain and erect stock fencing, including access.
  • Tree planting -  plant bare rooted and container grown trees and shrubs, including production and care of young trees.
  • Tree identification - common species found in forests and woodlands in the UK. Identifications takes place within the Scottish School of Forestry's own woodland, as well as neighbouring forests and woodlands.
  • Types of forests - understand types of forests in the UK and factors affecting growth and development.
  • Forest harvesting - an introduction to forest harvesting methods, machinery and equipment, including site visits to see state-of-the-art machinery.
  • Chainsaw training - health and safety, maintenance, safe starting procedures and cross-cutting. On successful completion of the first unit, students may progress to felling.
  • Clearing - removal of unwanted vegetation by use of hand tools, strimmers or brush cutters.
  • Health and safety - includes an introduction to HSE regulations, health and safety at work, manual handling and first aid.
  • Safe use of all-terrain vehicles.
  • Core skills.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time


How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Scottish School of Forestry

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You may be eligible to apply for an Educational Maintenance Allowance or Bursary.

What can I do on completion of my course?

  • Advanced Certificate in Forestry
  • HNC/D Forestry
  • HNC/D Arboriculture and Urban Forestry
  • Working within the forestry industry.

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