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This resource has been designed for you to work through at your own pace for both new and existing employees and those wishing to undertake a career path into the forest industry.

The resource can be used individually as a self help resource or a classroom or field group learning environment.

The first section of this learning resource is a short overview of the forest industry in Australia as well as some facts on forest plantations and an insight to forest operations, there are some websites listed as a further resource for you to learn more about the industry, at a time that best suits you.

Once you have worked through the Overview of Forest Industry in Australia, you then focus on Forest Operational tasks of the Skidder or Feller Buncher.

Your learning of important key points needed in safe forest operations of forest machines in every day forestry tasks will be outlined from the FPI05 Forest and Forest Products Training Package – Harvesting and Haulage Sector.

Units of competence:

Information in some sections may overlap but is important to those topics.

This is only a learner's guide, and if you want to gain accreditation against the above units of competence, further theory and on the job practical assessment will need to be done. If you are working with a trainer discuss with your trainer how they would like you to complete and mark activities.

To gain formal accreditation you will need to enrol with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is able to conduct Training and Assessment in the Forest Industry.

When you enrol with an RTO you have the assessment process explained to you.

If you would like to find a Registered Training Organisation in your area that may be able to deliver these units you can log onto the website for further information.

L.I.T.A is an RTO that is able to deliver forestry units of competency.

In forest operations an additional course FPICOR3201A: Implement Safety, Health and Environment Policies and Procedures is recommended for all forest workers.

Getting Started with this Resource

Before you get started take a moment to familiarise yourself with the Forest Industry in Australia:

Overview of the Forest Industry in Australia
Additional formal training may be required
Plan and Prepare for Operations
Harvesting & Haulage
Introduction to Forest Operations Activity

Once you have completed the above, please make a selection from the below two options to move on to the next section of this resource:


Skidder Icon Feller Buncher Icon
Or click here to download as PDF. Or click here to download as PDF.

Need Help?

If at any point you feel lost within this resource simply click the "Home" link in the top left hand corner to return to this page.

Alternatively on every page a link to a "Help" section is located at the top of every page containing general support information about this resource as well as some animated tutorials covering basic navigation and downloading activities to your computer.