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Academy Forestry

Academy Forestry

Level 2

New Zealand’s forestry industry is entering an exciting harvesting period. If you are skilled and have the right attitude, the industry has a place for you. UCOL’s Academy Forestry Programme will provide you with the basic knowledge you need.

Academy Forestry
Quick info

Level: 2

Locations: UCOL Whanganui, UCOL Wairarapa in Masterton

Duration: 1 day per week

13 Feb 2023 - 22 Sep 2023

Domestic Fees: *
Fees-FreeScholarship info

International Fees:*
Please enquire for details

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

The forestry industry in New Zealand is crying out for skilled workers, and offers a variety of highly secure and satisfying jobs. UCOL’s U-Skills Academy Forestry Programme is offered in collaboration with industry partners. You’ll learn onsite, with this programme covering forestry operations and the environment,  health and safety, and emergency procedures.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for this programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. Once you've talked to everyone required, you can fill out the application form as follows:

 Career & Study Outcomes

Successful completion of UCOL’s Academy Forestry Programme is the first step in a journey. Equipped with new skills and a taste for the industry, you will know the basics and be ready to start a career in forestry.

 Course Information

This programme comprises 29 Credits.

Unit Standard 17769 (Level 2) (Version 6) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of general health, safety, and environmental requirements in forestry.

Unit Standard 22995 (Level 2) (Version 5) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of employment in a forestry operation.

Unit Standard 1227 (Level 2) (Version 8) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of plantation forest harvesting.

Unit Standard 27963 (Level 2) (Version 3) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate foundation knowledge of plantation forest establishment and silviculture operations.

Unit Standard 6916 (Level 2) (Version 9) (5 Credits)
Demonstrate knowledge of the rules relating to chainsaw use.

Unit Standard 6400 (Level 3) (Version 6) (2 Credits)
Manage first aid in an emergency situation.

Unit Standard 6401 (Level 2) (Version 6) (1 Credits)
Provide First Aid.

Unit Standard 6402 (Level 1) (Version 8) (1 Credits)
Provide First Aid.

 Domestic Entry Requirements

For year 11 - 13 secondary school students (NZ Citizens, permanent residents or students with an applicable visa allowing them to be enrolled in a secondary school).

Applications are to be received from participating schools.

Recommended school subjects include:
  • Maths
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physical Education
  • Biology
  • English


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

Please enquire for details

 Advice & Guidance

This programme is part of a suite of 'Academy' programmes offered by UCOL to secondary students seeking to explore their career options while still in school. Gain practical experience and NCEA Credits.

How to apply
If you're interested in applying for UCOL's Academy Forestry Programme, talk to your careers advisor at school. Application is arranged in partnership with your parents/caregivers and your school. 

Fees-free when criteria are met. 

Transport assistance is available if you meet the criteria.

Attendance expectations
Students must maintain appropriate attendance at both secondary school and Academy to remain enrolled in the Academy Programme.

 Additional Costs



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