Forest Worker Essentials

Forest Worker Essentials is an educational training program available to training providers to equip new entry-level forestry workers with the knowledge and skills required to work safely in BC’s forest industry.

The program can be delivered province wide by various training providers, including:

  • Post-Secondary and other educational institutions
  • First Nations Organizations
  • Employers
  • Industry associations
  • Other approved training providers entered into a service agreement with the BCFSC

Click here for the Training Provider Program Information and Application

Note: This information is for training providers. Student information will be added when available.

The Program Outline/Administrator Guide provides the program requirements and outcomes. In addition, after entering into the service agreement, the following materials are available: 

  • Instructor guide and resources
  • Lesson plans and supplemental materials
  • Student online learning manual

This program was developed through a funded initiative from the BC Ministry of Advanced Education Skills and Training. The program and materials were piloted from 2019-2021 to deliver for workers new to BC forestry.

BCFSC would like to thank the steering committee and their instructors for their active involvement in the development of the Forest Worker Essentials program. 

Steering committee

BCFSC Allison Thompson, Richard King
Employer/Industry Representative - Interfor Jim Magowan
Project Consultant Jessi Zielke
Selkirk College Helen Worth
Vancouver Island University Paul Mottershead, Lauren Wapple
Coast Mountain College Laurie-Lynn Kallio, Lorrie Gowen
College of New Caledonia Troy Morin, Erin Siemens
Employer/Industry Representative - LTN Contracting, Prince George Mike Bayley
Employer/Industry Representative - Stamer Logging, Barriere Ward Stamer
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training Matthew Boddy (observer)
North Island College Coleen MacLean, Cheryl O’Connell
Okanagan College Mary Kline

Various articles on the development and implementation of the Forest Worker Essentials program have been feature in our Forest Safety News.  Read:  page 11 -FSN,  Sep 2022 article on the success of College of New Caledonia’s program

For more information on this program, please contact Allison Thompson, Manager Training and Standards at 1-877-741-1060 or email