Program calendar icon Program Length

  • 12 Weeks

Program credential icon Credential

  • Certificate

Program location icon Location Offered

  • Off Campus

The Fundamentals of Forest Harvesting Practices Certificate Program

The Forest Fundamentals Harvesting Practices Program includes employability skills training, foundation, occupational skills, hazard assessment, workplace work experience. This is done over 12 weeks at VIU's training facility. Graduates will gain knowledge and skills in both classroom and hands-on settings that will help them to be successful as they continue within the industry.

Year 1Credits
FFHP 101T  - (Employability Skills Training)1
FFHP 102T - (Foundation)1
FFHP 103T - (Occupational Skills)3
FFHP 104T - (Light Truck)1
FFHP 105T - (Hazards)2
FFHP 106T - (Workplace Work Experience)1
Total Program Credits

  • Minimum 19 years of age.
  • Successful completion of assessment testing.
  • Personal profile.
  • Resume.
  • Class 7N driver's license (class 5 preferred).
  • Interview.
  • See also Trades general admission requirements.

Notes on Admission

  • Preference will be given to candidates with the above noted admission requirements as well as individuals who have completed Grade 12.
  • Be physically fit (exceptions determined on an individual basis).
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to attend a 30-minute interview.
  • The following areas will be covered in the assessment test: Mathematics, Reading Comprehension and Combined Reasoning.

Students who meet or exceed the admission requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the program.

Graduates of this program will be well-poised to become employed within the Forest sector industry at basic entry level positions with opportunities to advance throughout their career.

Domestic Fees

Tuition and Other Mandatory Student Fees

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees - 12 Week Program Amount
Tuition 11,592.84
Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 463.71
Student Services fee (4.417% of tuition) 512.06
VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $18.35 per month) 55.05
Health and Dental Plan fee ($265.00 per year) 265.00

The VIUSU Health and Dental Plan fee is assessed for all students enrolled in 6 credits or more per term, or in Trades/Vocational programs of 5 months or longer.

All fees are subject to change without prior notice and are expected to increase by 2% each year on April 1.

Domestic (Canadian)

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Next Intake(s):

The program starting September 3, 2024 is being held in Woss, BC.

Application Fee:
Testing Required:
Admissions Assistant:
Name: Helene Viau
Phone: 250.753.3245 ext. 2040
Chair Contact:
Name: Paul Mottershead
Phone: 250.740.6123
Document Deadline:

All documents should be submitted as soon as possible to be ready to be interviewed for acceptance.


Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Seats in the program are offered as follows: first qualified applications are given first offers, until all seats are filled.


Further information on this program can be found on the Department website.

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Previous versions of this program can be found in the Program Archive.