Falling trees by hand requires highly specialized skills and a commitment to working safely every day. Fallers need to be aware of physical hazards, the dangers of fatigue and stress and the exacting requirements of meeting production demands.
It’s not for everyone, but for those who are up to the challenge, it is a rewarding and satisfying profession.
In British Columbia, all manual tree fallers in forestry operations must be trained and certified. A forestry operation is generally viewed as any business where money is earned for tree removal and/or harvest by falling and bucking.
The BC Forest Safety Council is the certifying body for manual tree fallers, and we offer several different paths to certification.
If you are an experienced faller from another jurisdiction or industry, you have an option to challenge the certification standard by taking a written or oral exam and demonstrating your field skills. Click here for more information.
If you are new to falling trees, you will need to take our New Faller Training Course, followed by on-the-job training before applying for certification. Click here for more information.
A summary of the Faller Certification Application Process and the application form are available here as a printabled PDF.