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Advanced Forestry Skills

Next Intake: August 12 - December 20, 2019 | Nanaimo, BC

Do you have a passion for the outdoors and an interest in pursuing a career in forestry?

This 19-week, fully-funded, field-based forestry program could be for you! Advanced Forestry Skills Training participants will gain a wide variety of skills, certifications and hands-on experience. This program includes valuable industry networking opportunities and three week job placements with local forestry employers.


  • Currently underemployed or unemployed
  • Must live in Nanaimo or surrounding area
  • Must meet EI Eligibility requirements


Our Advanced Forestry Skills Training Program covers a wide range of valuable skills and certifications that will set you up for success in a future career in forestry. The program includes:

  • Forestry Field Studies, including species identification, map, compass, streams, wildlife management, forest health, GPS, GIS, timber cruising, layout, forest operations, fuels management, tree planting, silviculture and more.
  • Occupational First Aid - Level 3
  • Silviculture Surveyor Certification
  • Wildlife Danger Tree Assessor
  • Harvesting and Silviculture
  • Basic Chainsaw Operator
  • Basic Brush Saw, Brushing and Thinning Training
  • S100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety
  • S185 Fire Entrapment Avoidance
  • Basic Fall Protection
  • Bear Aware
  • Canadian Safety Council ATV and UTV Off-Road Vehicle Operation
  • BC Hydro Utility Tree Worker
  • Teambuilding, Leadership, Work Readiness and more


This program prepares graduates for a wide range of employment opportunities ranging from equipment operation to field work. Examples of jobs our past students have gone on to be successful in have included (but are not limited to):

  • Junior Forestry or Environmental Technician
  • Recreation Trail Building & Maintenance
  • Silviculture Surveyor
  • Wildland Firefighting
  • Equipment Operator
  • Fuels Management & Reduction
  • Tree Planting (including Crew Boss & Tree Runner)
  • Danger Tree Assessor
  • Tree Nursery Worker
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The best way to have all your questions answered is to attend one of our in-person information sessions taking place at the WorkBC Kamloops office at 795 Tranquille Rd.

  • Session #1: Tuesday, June 25 at 10am - RSVP Now (will link to Facebook event)

  • Session #2: Thursday, July 4 at 10am - RSVP Now (will link to Facebook event)


Applying for this fully-funded training program is a multi-week process with several steps. To determine your eligibility, contact WorkBC Kamloops at 250-377-3670 or complete the form below to have someone reach out to you directly.

Here's what our application process looks like:

  • Contact WorkBC to determine eligibility and complete online applications
  • Attend an information session to learn more about the program
  • Guided interview with a WorkBC Case Manager
  • Interview with Stillwater Consulting staff
  • Successful interviewees will meet with WorkBC once more to go through final approvals before starting the program.

What you can do now to prepare for the application process:

  • Think about your employment objective. What kind of work do you hope to secure after the program is finished? How will this training help you get there?
  • Prepare a list of your monthly expenses to show how you will support yourself financially for the duration of this 19-week program
  • Prepare a list of jobs you have applied for in the past few months and the outcome of each application.
  • Ensure your resume is up to date with current skills and past work experience (WorkBC can help with this if needed).