Forestry Field Skills
Certificate Program (FoFS)


The 120-hour (three-week) field-based Forestry Field Skills program (FoFS) trains individuals in three key forestry areas of demand and employment: Safety and the Environment, Silviculture, and Wildfire Management and Control.  Course participants learn standards and procedures relating to field safety, wilderness safety, forestry, wildlife trees, surveying & mapping, Silviculture and stand tending, chainsaw and other power tool operation and maintenance, wildfire safety including S-100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety, ICS 100 Incident Command, S-212 Communications, Helicopter Safety and S-212 Portable water pump operation and maintenance.

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once - come back anytime.


In addition to a 'Forestry Field Skills' certificate, course graduates will also receive individual certificates in:

  • S-100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety

  • ICS 100 Incident Command

  • S-212 Communications

  • Helicopter Safety

  • Qualified Persons certification

  • S-232 Portable water pump operation & maintenance



Upon successful completion, FoFS participants will be qualified and able to: 

  • Identify key wilderness awareness strategies and procedures

  • Conduct basic Forestry measurements, assessments and field procedures

  • Conduct Forestry surveying and field mapping

  • Identify and apply standard silviculture, stand tending and fuel management field procedures

  • Conduct field work as a recognized "Qualified Persons" field technician

  • Operate and maintain a chainsaw, brush saw, water pump and winch

  • Work safely and responsibly in the forestry workplace

  • Identify the key phases and management of Wildfires

  • Conduct Fire Suppression & Safety procedures as a qualified S-100 Wildland Firefighter

  • Understand the roles and responsibilities with the Incident Command System

  • Conduct standard field communication protocols and procedures

  • Conduct helicopter safety procedures

  • Operate portable water pumps

Course format: 

The 120-hour (three-week) Forestry Field Skills Program is delivered weekdays over three consecutive weeks. The FoFS delivery ‘season’ will vary by region, as the program requires suitable field conditions (unfrozen soils, no snow cover, 'ideally' with intact vegetation, etc.). 

Potential Students: 

Course participants typically include; current forestry field technicians and workers, Aboriginal stakeholders, and technicians working in other sectors. 



Personal Equipment Requirements:

Course participants are required to provide their own personal protective equipment:  suitable field clothing (including rain gear), hard hat with muffs and face screen, field vest, shovel, compass and GPS unit. 

Course Fees:

Course fees will vary by course delivery location.  For further information, please contact us.

How do I Attend?

The FoFS is delivered on contract to community groups, companies or organizations.  Individuals interested in attending a FoFS delivery are advised to contact us, where we'll provide potential FoFS delivery dates and locations to attend. 

If you would like to have the Forestry Field Skills Certificate program delivered to your group or community, please consider the following:

  • Contact us well in advance of your preferred course start date

  • If applicable, secure program funding

  • Recruit course participants (most NRTG courses have minimum enrollments of 8-10 participants)

  • Coordinate course participant equipment, classroom facility, and contractual agreement with NRTG.

If you would like to have the FoFS delivered to your group or community, please contact us. 

Instructor Profile: 

Doug Ellis is a highly regarded, experienced Natural Resource educator and practitioner in B.C. A Registered Forest Technician (RFT) and a ISA Certified Arborist, Doug has more than 30 years experience teaching and working in the education, safety, wildland fire, forestry, arboriculture, and recreation sectors.  Doug travels throughout BC and Canada conducting field work and teaching Safety, Forestry, Wildlife Danger Tree, SledSafe, ATV/UTV, Chainsaw, Firefighting and other training programs.

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