Practical Preparation for the Forest Industry 1 SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This course provides the practical knowledge and skills to become self-employed, full time employees at a craft or supervisory level in the wider forest industry. It also prepares the students for embarking on HNC/D Forestry or the HNC/D Arboriculture and Urban Forestry with the underpinning practical skills and knowledge for future learning and development. 

This course allows students to progress on to part 2 of Preparing for the Forest Industry.


Entry requirements

This course is aimed at:-

School leavers who have no industry experience but have good academic qualifications (i.e. minimum two National 4s in any of the following English, Maths, Biology, Geography, a science)

Career changers with reasonable level of experience within current industry but no forestry industry experience


Subjects covered include:-

  • Tractor Operations 
  • Production and Care of Young Trees 
  • Forest Harvesting Machinery
  • ATV Operations
  • Introduction to Forest Harvesting 
  • Chainsaw maintenance and cross cutting

How will I study my course?

    How long will my course last?

    18 Weeks

    Students have the opportunity to progress to part 2 of this course, a further 18 week course. 

    Where can I study my course?

      • Scottish School of Forestry

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    For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    This course allows students to progress on to part 2 of Preparing for the Forest Industry.

    Further progression routes would be onto either the HNC Forestry or HNC Arboriculture and Urban Forestry programme at SCQF level 7, or into industry as an employed individual or as a self-employed contractor. 

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