The Certified Forestry Worker designation is a voluntary certification program for Nova Scotia forestry workers. The Basic Components of the program are as follows:

  • Voluntary certification program endorsed by FPANS
  • Partners: Dept of Natural Resources / Dept of Education
  • Program meets industry standards
  • Program meets SFI standards
  • Raise the level of forestry professionalism
  • Provide opportunity for continuous learning
   and improve education of workforce
  • Keeps workforce informed of new regulations
  • Program stresses environmental management


Certified Forest Worker Program Objectives
Provide Certified Forestry Professional training standards to industry.
Conduct training programs that benefit forest workers by improving efficiency, safety and environmental awareness.
Provide public / professional recognition to workers who complete programs.
Reduce number of accidents and lower WCB rates.
Improve awareness & compliance of harvesting / wildlife / wetland regulations.
Provide greater understanding of ISO 14001 and responsibilities of forestry workers.
Who may apply ?
  • Any forest worker employed in harvesting/silviculture practices
      - Manual felling / Mechanical felling
      - Forwarding / Skidding/Chipping
  • Business owner/contractor/employee of business who makes harvesting its primary work
  • Must complete FSS basic level training First Aid and WHMIS courses
Target Audience:
  • Program developed to be compatible with ISO 14001, SFI,and FSS programs
  • Deliver to:
      - Company Supervision
      - Contractors
      - Foresters
Benefits ?
  • Certified forest worker trained to meet specific requirements
  • Work place will recognize certified workers during certification audits
  • Reduce accidents and WCB rates
  • Trained forest workers benefit industry, communities and landowners by providing verification
     that forests are managed in responsible manner by a trained, skilled, and efficient workforce

Course Curriculum - core level courses
Forestry Worker Safety program includes:
  • Training on worksite specific issues
  • Occupational health and safety legislation
  • Key components of safety program
Environmental Management Systems (EMS) program includes:
  • Components of ISO 14001EMS
  • How it pertains to contractor and worker responsibility
  • Continual improvement loop as applied to safety and sustainable forest management
Sustainable Forest Management program includes:
  • Best management practices (BMP)
  • Erosion and sedimentation laws
  • Harvest planning
  • Logging aesthetics
  • Information on harvesting
For more information, please contact the FSSNS office at (902) 895-1107
Forestry Safety Society of Nova Scotia
P.O. Box 696 Truro, Nova Scotia, B2N 5E5
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