New Faller Training

BC Forest Safety Council is approved by WorkSafeBC as an administrator of the BC Faller Training Standard, and as such, is approved to provide training and certification to individuals wishing to become Certified Fallers. New Faller Training is available to all potential applicants who are a minimum of 18 years of age, physically and mentally fit and possess the desire to work safely and productively as a hand faller.

Course Content

New Faller Training is a challenging and comprehensive 30 day program which involves classroom training, interactive exercises, reviews and evaluations and closely supervised field training involving all aspects of chainsaw operation, falling and bucking.

Course Dates

(Subject to change - please contact the BCFSC to confirm)

  • March 9 - April 10, 2023
  • September 14 - October 16, 2023

Tuition fees for 2023

  • $27,500 + GST

Tuition fees are collected by the College of the Rockies. Please contact the college at 250-344-5901 to register and provide payment information.

Pre-Screen Testing

All applicants will be required to complete pre-screen testing. Only those applicants that have paid the tuition fee in full will be given access to the pre-screen testing.  Testing must be completed prior to the start of the course.

The pre-screen testing was created with input from industry to help identify those individuals most likely to be successful in the program and as Fallers in the future.

The key dimensions of a successful candidate entering the New Faller Training program are:

  • Spatial ability
  • General cognitive ability
  • Learning and adaptability
  • Stress tolerance/resilience
  • Productivity
  • Organization identification
  • Working collaboratively

The pre-screen testing is comprised of six tests that consist of cognitive ability and personality inventory. The testing should take approximately two hours and is completed online. Results from the testing do not determine whether an individual enters the program or not. Rather, it helps identify areas of strength and areas that may require additional training.

Faller Certification Requirements

  • Successful completion of the 30 day New Faller Training Program;
  • Work up to 180 days of on-the-job training under the supervision of a Qualified Supervisor or Faller;
  • Minimum 20 Faller Trainee Weekly Training and Progress Reports within the 2 years preceding application for certification, of which the five most recent reports indicate meeting the Standard;
  • Recommendation from your Supervisor that you are ready for assessment;
  • Apply for certification through BCFSC – additional fee is required.

New Faller Training Program Information Package