Training Programs

SFI certified companies in Western Canada are guided by the WCSIC training policy. The policy outlines training requirements and guidelines that are consistent with the SFI Forest management Standard and Fibre Sourcing Standards.

Basic Training for Contractors

It is a requirement that all Contractors working for WCSIC member companies or SFI Program Participants receive education and training sufficient for their roles and responsibilities as recommended by the WCSIC Training Policy. For a Contractor to be considered a qualified logging professional, the contractor must have at least one “in woods” person or combination of employees on each logging crew trained in the following modules:

Qualified Loggers Training Program

  • SFI General Awareness Training (Principles and Objectives)
  • Safety and WCB laws and regulations
  • General awareness of provincial Forestry Legislation
  • Water Quality Best Management Practice Training (i.e. may include road construction / deactivation, site preparation, riparian management etc.), including protection of non-forested wetlands
  • Species at risk awareness training for appropriate personnel

Each WCSIC member company prepares their program to ensure training for their logging contractors. All contractors are required attend and pass training before commencing operations. Member companies will update training modules based on new information or to address deficiencies identified in inspections, audits or other feedback sources and deliver training on a continual basis.

In 2019 WCSIC member companies trained 958 contractors in Western Canada

Landowner Outreach

The WCSIC offers training opportunities to private forest land owners through the wood procurement program. WCSIC members share information with landowners about the SFI Program, where appropriate companies provide resource professionals to assist landowners in planning harvests that may include the following management strategies.

  • Best management practices for water quality, including riparian management and road construction, maintenance and deactivation
  • Regeneration
  • Forest resource conservation protecting non forested wetlands
  • Aesthetics
  • Invasive exotic plants and animals
  • Emerging technologies
  • Wildfire hazard abatement

New Online Course on Preventing and Managing Invasive Species

A new online training course is now available from the Invasive Species Council of BC.

The new course is designed to increase students' knowledge of forest management through an invasive species lens. It focuses on invasive species impacts, traits and vectors. Students will also learn best management practices for prevention and control. The course is free and takes about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.


Access the Invasive Species Online Course

The course was developed through a community grant from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Additional financing came from the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, and the SFI Western Canada Implementation Committee. Course material was developed with the guidance of forest industry representatives, government invasive species experts, Indigenous forestry company professionals and the silviculture industry. Two members of the advisory group even recorded their own stories of invasive species impacts.


The Invasive Species Council of BC would love your feedback as it strives to continually improve the course. Please send your comments to Sue Staniforth at [email protected].

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