Diploma of Forest and Forest Products

This qualification is designed for job roles in the forest and forest products industry.


Total number of units = 15

6 core units plus

9 elective units, consisting of:

5 units from Group A

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

up to 2 units recommended for packaging at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma 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 and forest products industry



Unit Code

Unit Title


add topic BSBCUS501C

Manage quality customer service

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT516C

Facilitate continuous improvement

add topic BSBWHS503A

Contribute to the systematic management of WHS risk

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic BSBWOR502B

Ensure team effectiveness



Unit Code

Unit Title

Fire Control

add topic PUALAW001B

Protect and preserve incident scene

add topic PUAOPE001B

Supervise response

add topic PUAFIR501B

Conduct fire investigation and analysis activities (unit has add topic PUALAW001B Protect and preserve incident scene as a prerequisite)

add topic PUAFIR509B

Implement prevention strategies

add topic PUAOPE007B

Command agency personnel within a multi-agency emergency response (unit has add topic PUAOPE001B Supervise response as a prerequisite)

Breeding & Propagation

add topic AHCPHT503A

Manage a controlled growing environment

add topic FPIFGM5212A

Manage genetic resources

add topic FPIFGM5215A

Breed trees

Site Establishment & Maintenance

add topic AHCIRG503A

Design irrigation, drainage and water treatment systems

add topic AHCWAT502A

Manage water systems

add topic FPIFGM5201B

Plan and manage an inventory program

add topic FPICOT5206B

Implement forestry chain of custody certification system

add topic FPIFGM5208B

Manage road construction and maintenance

add topic FPIFGM5214A

Develop a native forest regeneration plan

add topic FPIFGM5217A

Promote plantations as a sustainable form of land use

add topic LGAPLEM404A

Prepare and present geographic information systems data

add topic LGAPLEM612B

Protect heritage and cultural asset

Tree Growing & Maintenance

add topic AHCPGD402A

Plan a plant establishment program

add topic AHCPMG503A

Develop a strategy for the management of target pests

add topic AHCNSY401A

Plan a growing-on program

add topic AHCNSY402A

Plan a propagation program

add topic AHCWRK505A

Manage trial and/or research material

add topic FPICOT5205A

Develop biohazard contingency plans

add topic FPIFGM5210A

Manage tending operations in a native forest

add topic FPIFGM5211A

Coordinate stand nutrition

add topic FPIFGM5213A

Coordinate plantation tending operations

add topic FPIFGM5216A

Manage coupe planning


add topic FPICOT5209B

Manage tree harvesting to minimise environmental impact

add topic FPIHAR5201B

Design harvesting plans

Timber Products & Processes

add topic FPICOT4201B

Produce complex truss and frame plans and details using computers

add topic FPICOT4202B

Design timber structures

add topic FPICOT4204B

Schedule and coordinate load shifting

add topic FPICOT4205B

Coordinate log debarking operations

add topic FPICOT4206B

Plan and coordinate boiler operations

add topic FPICOT4207B

Plan and coordinate heat plant operations

add topic FPICOT5207A

Implement sustainability in the workplace


Undertake carbon stock sampling of forests and plantations

add topic FPISAW4201B

Plan and monitor timber treatment plant operations

add topic FPISAW4202B

Plan and monitor saw log operations

add topic FPISAW4203B

Coordinate timber drying operations

add topic FPISAW4204B

Plan and monitor board conversion

add topic FPITMM4202B

Diagnose and calculate production costs

add topic FPITMM4203B

Install and commission CNC software

add topic FPITMM4204B

Sample and test products to specifications

add topic FPITMM5201B

Assess product feasibility of designs

add topic FPITMM5202B

Develop, trial and evaluate prototypes

add topic FPITMM5203B

Generate and transfer complex computer-aided drawings and specifications

add topic FPITMM5204B

Manage product design

add topic FPITMM5205B

Optimise CNC operations

add topic FPITMM5206B

Plan production

add topic FPIWPP4201B

Plan and coordinate panel production

add topic FPIWPP4202B

Perform laboratory testing

Competitive Manufacturing

add topic MSS405001A

Develop competitive systems and practices for an organisation

add topic MSS405004A

Develop business plans in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices



Unit Code

Unit Title

Machinery & Equipment

add topic FPICOT5203B

Manage installation and commissioning of equipment

add topic FPICOT5204B

Organise enterprise maintenance programs

Safety & Quality Processes

add topic AHCCHM401A

Minimise risks in the use of chemicals

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

add topic BSBSUS501A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic FPICOT5201B

Implement sustainable forestry practices

add topic PUAOPE005B

Manage a multi-team response

add topic MSS015011A

Conduct a sustainability energy audit

add topic MSS405070A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

Administration & Business

add topic BSBAUD501B

Initiate a quality audit

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBINM501A

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic LGACOM401A

Administer contracts

add topic LGACOM409A

Prepare tender documentation

Planning & Analysis

add topic BSBINN502A

Build and sustain an innovative work environment

add topic BSBMGT515A

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBPMG522A

Undertake project work

add topic BSBWRK506A

Coordinate research and analysis

add topic PSPGOV521A

Collect statistical data

Training & Assessment

add topic BSBLED501A

Develop a workplace learning environment

Communication & Relationships

add topic AHCBUS502A

Market products and services

add topic FPICOT5202B

Manage forestry information and interpretations programs

add topic FPICOT5208B

Build and maintain community relationships

add topic LGACOM502B

Devise and conduct community consultations

add topic LGAEHRR504C

Implement public environmental health education programs


    This qualification has twelve employment pathways for typical management environments of forest and forest products industries. These are:

    Arboriculture Manager

    Forest Manager

    Forestry Manager

    Harvesting Manager

    Nursery Manager

    Plantation Establishment Manager

    Plantation Manager

    Production Manager

    Sawmill Manager

    Timber Advisory Manager

    Timber Manufacturing Manager

    Tree Farm Manager

    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:


Adjust and communicate strategies to all stakeholders according to organisational procedures

Communicate information from line manager/management to the team

Consult team members to establish team purpose, roles, responsibilities and accountabilities in accordance with organisational goals, plans and objectives

Manage records, reports and recommendations within the organisation's systems and processes


Develop strategies to ensure that team members are actively encouraged and supported to participate in decision making processes, and to assume responsibility and exercise initiative as appropriate

Ensure leadership, supervision, coaching and mentoring assist colleagues to overcome difficulty in meeting customer service standards

Manage team performance to consistently meet the organisation's quality and delivery standards

Support team members in meeting expected performance outcomes


Communicate to, and follow up with, line manager/management and other relevant stakeholders, unresolved issues, concerns and problems raised by team members

Develop processes to ensure that issues, concerns and problems identified by team members are recognised and addressed

Take decisions to overcome problems and to adapt customer service and products and/or service delivery in consultation with appropriate individuals and groups

Use problem-solving skills to deal with complex and non-routine difficulties

Initiative and enterprise

Identify and develop new skills to achieve and maintain a competitive edge

Seek and use feedback from employees, clients and colleagues to identify and develop ways to improve competence

Take individual initiative to achieve and extend personal work goals beyond those planned

Take initiative to prioritise and facilitate competing demands to achieve personal, team and the organisation's goals and objectives

Planning and organising

Ensure personal work goals, plans and activities reflect the organisation's plans, and own responsibilities and accountabilities

Ensure personal work planning and organisation serve as a positive role model in the workplace

Investigate, understand and assess the needs of customers and include in planning processes

Prepare action plans, including allocated responsibilities and time frames for implementation


Adjust own interpersonal styles and methods to the organisation's social and cultural environment, and guide and support members of the work team in their personal adjustment process

Assess the effectiveness of own management development

Ensure own contribution to work team serves as a role model for others and enhances the organisation's image to all stakeholders

Undertake participation in networks to enhance personal knowledge, skills and work relationships


Assess personal knowledge and skills against competency standards to determine development needs, priorities and plans

Identify, evaluate, select and use development opportunities suitable to personal learning style/s to develop competence

Manage opportunities for further improvement


Develop strategies to ensure that systems and procedures including technology are used to monitor operational progress and to identify ways in which planning and operations could be improved

Use technology efficiently and effectively to manage work priorities and commitments