Faller Training Graphic - 2020.png

Forest Operations Faller Entry Training (85 days)

Next Intake Starts: February 3, 2020 | Squamish, BC

Are you interested in pursuing a career as a tree faller?

In British Columbia, all manual tree fallers in forestry operations must be certified. Stillwater Consulting’s Forestry Operations Faller Entry Training program equips students with the highly specialized skills and knowledge needed to pursue certification in this rewarding profession.

During this fully-funded, 85-day program, participants will complete Level I and II of the Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors’ (CAGC) Faller Training program as well as the 30 days of supervised work experience required to continue on the path to becoming a Certified Faller. In addition to intensive field-based studies, first aid training and basic wildfire fighting courses, students will also gain business skills to prepare them for work as an independent falling contractor.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently underemployed or unemployed
  • Must live in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor
  • Must meet EI Eligibility requirements

This Program Includes:

  • 12 instructors delivering 20 industry and certification topics
  • 240 dedicated instructional hours
  • 200 hours of faller field training involving practical field work operating chainsaws under supervision of instructors and industry mentors/partners
  • 30 day work placement with local forestry employers (under the supervision of a Certified Faller Tutor)

Program Curriculum

Our Forest Operations Faller Entry Training covers a wide range of valuable skills and certifications that will set you up for success in a future career as a tree faller. The program includes:

  • CAGC Chainsaw Faller – Level I (Chainsaw Basics)
  • CAGC Chainsaw Faller – Level II (Faller Entry)
  • Forestry Field Studies, including species identification, map, compass, streams, wildlife management, forest health, GPS, GIS, forest operations, fuels management, and more.
  • Occupational First Aid - Level I + Transportation Endorsement
  • Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor (Harvesting and Silviculture Module)
  • BC Hydro Utility Tree Worker
  • Canadian Safety Council ATV and UTV Off-Road Vehicle Operation
  • S100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety
  • S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
  • Bear Aware
  • Business Skills for Forest Contractors
  • Teambuilding, Leadership, Work Readiness and more
2019 WorkBC Lock Up.png

Next Steps

Applying for this fully-funded training program is a multi-week process with several steps. Fill out the form below to join our email list and we’ll notify you when we begin accepting applications and have scheduled information sessions for the February intake.


Name *
Would you like to be notified about future Stillwater forestry programs being offered in your area? *