Certificate in Forestry SCQF Level 5

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 the start of the course.
  • 3  passes at National 4
  • Have an interest in working in woodland conservation and management
  • All applicants are invited to interview.

Units include:

  • Forestry in Britain
  • Tractor operations
  • Introduction to forest harvesting
  • Use of a clearing saw
  • Forest harvesting machinery
  • Health and safety at work for forestry workers
  • Construction of fences with an access device
  • Communication (Intermediate 2)
  • Information and communication technology
  • Numeracy (Intermediate 2)
  • Production and Care of Young Trees
  • Working for yourself
  • ATV operations
  • Identification of tree species
  • Control of unwanted vegetation
  • Routine chainsaw maintenance
  • Control pollution incidents
  • Felling small trees using a chainsaw
  • Removal of branches from felled trees
  • Cross cut timber using a chainsaw
  • Taking down hung up trees
  • Planting
  • Studies Advisor

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Full time
  • Face-to-face

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Scottish School of Forestry

Start date



If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

Scottish students

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



Full-time per year



Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


Full-time per year


International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


Full time per year


 Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

Please contact credit.control.ic@uhi.ac.uk if you have any further questions on fees.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

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