Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management

This qualification is designed for job roles in the forest growing and management sector of the forest and forest products industry.


Total number of units = 13

6 core units plus

7 elective units, consisting of:

3 units from Group A

up to 4 units from Group A and/or Group B

up to 2 units recommended for packaging at Certificate II, III or IV level from this or any other endorsed Training Package or state/territory accredited course.

Elective units must be relevant to work undertaken in the forest growing and management sector of the industry.



Unit Code

Unit Title


add topic BSBFLM312C

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic FPICOR2201B

Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry

add topic FPICOR2202B

Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace

add topic FPICOR3201B

Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR3203B

Evaluate fire potential and prevention


Provide first aid



Unit Code

Unit Title

Fire Control

add topic AHCWRK302A

Monitor weather conditions

add topic PUAFIR303B

Suppress wildfire (unit has add topic PUAFIR204B Respond to wildfire as a prerequisite)

add topic PUAFIR309B

Operate pumps (unit has the following prerequisite units:

add topic PUAFIR203B Respond to urban fire OR

add topic PUAFIR204B Respond to wildfire OR

add topic PUAFIR205B Respond to aviation incident (specialist)


Conduct simple prescribed burns(unit has add topic PUAFIR303B Suppress wildfire as a prerequisite)


Develop simple prescribed burn plans (unit has add topic PUAFIR303B Suppress wildfire as a prerequisite)

add topic PUALAW002B

Conduct initial investigation at incident scene

add topic PUAOHS002B

Maintain safety at an incident scene

add topic PUATEA002B

Work autonomously

Breeding and Propagation

add topic AHCNSY301A

Maintain nursery plants

add topic AHCNSY306A

Implement a propagation plan

add topic FPIFGM3201B

Manage seed collection

add topic FPIFGM3202B

Extract seed

Site Establishment and Maintenance

add topic AHCINF303A

Plan and construct conventional fencing

add topic AHCIRG301A

Implement a maintenance program for an irrigation system

add topic AHCIRG306A

Troubleshoot irrigation systems

add topic AHCLSC302A

Construct landscape features using concrete

add topic AHCLSC304A

Erect timber structures and features

add topic AHCSAW302A

Implement erosion and sediment control measures

add topic FPICOT3221B

Rehabilitate tracks, quarries and landings

add topic FPIFGM3209B

Construct and maintain forest roads and tracks

add topic FPIFGM3210B

Patrol forest

Grading and Testing

add topic FPICOR3204B

Visually assess materials

add topic FPICOT3223B

Grade and mark logs

add topic FPICOT3250A

Prepare timber to meet import/export compliance requirements

Tree Growing & Maintenance

add topic FPICOR3202B

Conduct quality and product care procedures

add topic FPICOT3252A

Use environmental care procedures to undertake fire salvage operations


Fall trees manually (intermediate)


Fall trees manually (advanced)

add topic FPIFGM3206B

Plan and implement non-commercial thinning operations

add topic FPIFGM3207B

Coordinate stem improvement

add topic FPIFGM3211B

Manage coppice stems

add topic AHCPMG301A

Control weeds

add topic AHCPMG302A

Control plants, pests, diseases and disorders

add topic AHCARB307A

Undertake complex tree climbing



Unit Code

Unit Title

Machinery and Equipment

add topic AHCMOM301A

Coordinate machinery and equipment maintenance and repair


Operate a four-wheel drive on unsealed roads


Recover four-wheel drive vehicles


Operate a four wheel drive in a towing situation


Perform complex 4x4 operations

Specialist Machinery and Equipment

A maximum of 2 units may be selected from this field

add topic FPICOT3238B

Operate a pole saw

add topic RIIHAN308A

Load and unload plant

add topic RIIMPO315A

Conduct tractor operations

add topic RIIMPO317A

Conduct roller operations

add topic RIIMPO318B

Conduct civil construction skid steer loader operations

add topic RIIMPO319A

Conduct backhoe/loader operations

add topic RIIMPO320B

Conduct civil construction excavator operations

add topic RIIMPO321B

Conduct civil construction wheeled front end loader operations

add topic RIIMPO322A

Conduct civil construction tracked front end loader operations

add topic RIIMPO324A

Conduct civil construction grader operations

add topic RIIVEH304B

Conduct tip truck operations

add topic TLID3036A

Lift and move load using a mobile crane

Load Handling

add topic AHCCHM304A

Transport, handle and store chemicals

add topic TLID3011A

Conduct specialised forklift operations

add topic TLID3014A

Load and unload vehicles carrying special loads

Safety and Quality Processes

add topic AHCCHM303A

Prepare and apply chemicals

add topic FPICOT3202B

Navigate in remote or trackless areas

add topic FPICOT3254A

Implement environmentally sustainable work practices in the work area/work site


Apply silvicultural principles


Apply biodiversity protection principles


Follow cultural heritage requirements


Comply with soil and water protection


Maintain and contribute to energy efficiency


Provide advanced first aid

add topic TLID3035A

Operate a boom type elevating work platform

Administration and Business

add topic BSBINM301A

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306A

Design and produce business documents

Communication and Relationships

add topic BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic FPICOT3222B

Present forestry information and interpretations programs

Planning and Analysis

add topic BSBFLM305C

Support operational plan


    This qualification has seven employment pathways for typical operational environments of forest growing and management. These are:

    Arboriculture Technician

    Farm Forestry Technician

    Forestry Technician

    Nursery Technician

    Supervisor (Forestry Operations)

    Tree Planter


    Entry may be gained through progression from a lower level FPI qualification or recognition of existing industry experience or qualifications.

    This qualification may be suited to an Australian Apprenticeship pathway.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Licensing Information

Native FPI units may be subject to state or territory licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements.

Some imported units in the elective bank may be subject to state or territory codes, regulations, licences and/or permits. These units must be implemented in line with the licensing requirements outlined in the unit’s parent Training Package.

Employability Skills


The following table contains a summary of the employability skills for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on the packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


Communicate information from line manager/management to the team

Communicate unresolved issues to line manager/ management and follow up to ensure action is taken in response

Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


Actively encourage and support team members to participate in team activities and communication processes

Identify appropriate personnel in the event of an emergency


Limited responsibility for addressing issues, concerns and problems identified by team members or referring them to relevant persons as required

Follow safe workplace procedures and safe work instructions for controlling risks and protecting the environment

Identify problems, environmental issues and equipment faults and demonstrate appropriate response procedures

Monitor environmental measures and impact on the environment and take corrective action as required according to workplace procedures

Initiative and enterprise

Detect and assess hazards in the work area and report to appropriate personnel

Encourage team members to participate in the planning, decision making and operational aspects of the work team to their level of responsibility

Monitor hazardous and flammable substances to assess the potential of spillage and combustion

Planning and organising

Record and report workplace information and maintain documentation

Identify and comply with occupational health and safety, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to implementing health, safety and environment policies and procedures

Organise duties, equipment and materials according to health, safety and environmental requirements and organisational procedures

Plan evaluation processes according to site procedures


Ensure own contribution to work team serves as a role model for others and enhances the organisation’s image within the work team, the organisation and with customers

Follow safe workplace procedures for dealing with environmental incidents, accidents and emergencies within scope of responsibilities

Integrate care for the environment into all day-to-day activities

Seek appropriate support to assist and improve own performance to achieve personal and organisational goals and objectives


Identify opportunities for professional development

Implement training and operational controls according to workplace procedures, which may include:

in-house or external training programs

one-on-one supervision

programs that maintain up-to-date knowledge of legislative changes at the local, state and federal level

Practise and record emergency and evacuation procedures in the event of an emergency

Record and report information regarding learning and competency development according to organisational requirements


Record and report health, safety and environment procedures according to workplace procedures, which may be manual, or using a computer-based system or other appropriate organisational communication system

Use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment