Certificate IV in Forest Operations

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


Total number of units = 14

5 core units plus

9 elective units, consisting of:

2 units from Group A

up to 7 units from Group A and/or Group B

up to 2 units recommended for packaging at Certificate III, IV or 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 operations sectors of the industry, including forest growing and management and harvesting and haulage.



Unit Code

Unit Title


add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic FPICOR3203B

Evaluate fire potential and prevention

add topic FPICOR4201B

Monitor safety, health and environment policies and procedures

add topic FPICOR4202B

Monitor and review forestry operations

add topic FPICOR4203B

Monitor quality and product care procedures



Unit Code

Unit Title

Fire Control


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


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

add topic PUAOPE001B

Supervise response

Breeding & Propagation

add topic AHCNSY402A

Plan a propagation program

Site Establishment & Maintenance

add topic AHCNAR402A

Plan the implementation of revegetation works

add topic AHCILM401A

Protect places of cultural significance

add topic AHCIRG406A

Plan on-site irrigation system installation and construction work

add topic FPIFGM4201B

Implement a forest establishment plan

add topic FPIFGM4207B

Conduct a forest site assessment

add topic FPIFGM4208B

Plan a quarry

add topic FPIFGM4209B

Interpret and use aerial photographs for forest management

add topic PSPGOV521A

Collect statistical data

Tree Growing & Maintenance

add topic AHCCHM402A

Plan and implement a chemical use program

add topic AHCPMG402A

Develop a pest management action plan within a local area

add topic FPIFGM4202B

Manage stand health

add topic FPIFGM4203C

Design plantations

add topic FPIFGM4204B

Conduct a pests and diseases assessment

add topic FPIFGM4205B

Monitor regeneration rates

add topic FPIFGM4206B

Conduct a wood volume and yield assessment

Harvesting Operations

add topic FPIHAR4201B

Apply tree jacking techniques

add topic FPIHAR4202B

Coordinate log recovery (hook tender)

add topic FPIHAR4203B

Design log landings and snig tracks

add topic FPIHAR4204B

Plan and coordinate fire salvage operations

add topic FPIHAR4205B

Implement harvesting plans

Machinery & Equipment

add topic AHCMOM402A

Supervise maintenance of machinery and equipment



Unit Code

Unit Title

Safety & Quality Processes

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes


Provide first aid


Manage first aid services and resources


Provide advanced first aid

add topic PUALAW002B

Conduct initial investigation at incident scene

add topic TLIF4007A

Implement and coordinate accident-emergency procedures

add topic MSS015011A

Conduct a sustainability energy audit

add topic MSS405070A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

Administration & Business

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBITS401B

Maintain business technology

add topic BSBPMG416A

Apply project procurement procedures

add topic BSBWRT401A

Write complex documents

add topic FPIFGM4210B

Prepare a tender

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Communication & Relationships

add topic BSBCUS401B

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBWOR401A

Establish effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBWOR402A

Promote team effectiveness

add topic PUACOM012B

Liaise with media at a local level


Develop interpretive activities

Training & Assessment

add topic BSBCMM401A

Make a presentation

add topic TAEASS401B

Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402B

Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B

Participate in assessment validation

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401A

Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning

add topic TAEDES401A

Design and develop learning programs

add topic TAEDES402A

Use training packages and accredited courses to meet client needs

Planning & Analysis

add topic BSBMGT402A

Implement operational plan

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development


    This qualification has eight employment pathways for typical forest operations environments. These are:

    Arboriculture Supervisor

    Farm Forestry Supervisor

    Forestry Supervisor

    Forestry Operations Supervisor

    Harvesting Supervisor

    Harvesting Team Leader

    Propagation and Stand Health Supervisor

    Tree Farm Supervisor

    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:


Give and receive feedback constructively

Establish and maintain communication with others in accordance with forestry operation requirements

Record and report forestry operation procedures in accordance with workplace procedures

Use appropriate communication and interpersonal techniques with colleagues and others


Collect feedback on performance of team members from relevant sources and compare with established team learning needs

Make plans to introduce change in consultation with appropriate personnel

Provide workplace learning opportunities and coaching and mentoring assistance to facilitate individual and team achievement of competencies

Report potential of fire to appropriate personnel


Control and monitor fire risks and hazards in accordance with workplace procedures

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

Immediately assess and rectify problems to avoid repetition of lost product

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

Initiative and enterprise

Coordinate product visual inspection before processing or completion

Record and review improvement recommendations for resourcing requirements

Review operational plans and site practices for potential improvement, modifications and time savings

Use feedback from individuals or teams to identify and implement improvements in future learning arrangements

Planning and organising

Identify and comply with applicable occupational health and safety, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to monitoring safety, health and environmental policies and procedures

Monitor organisation of duties, equipment and materials in accordance with safety, health and environmental requirements and organisational procedures

Plan potential of materials to provide the highest value added return

Plan product recovery to optimise the resource value and minimise waste


Apply, monitor and coordinate quality system procedures to personal work

Monitor care for the environment to check for integration into all day-to-day activities

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

Use and maintain personal protective equipment and clothing


Identify and implement learning opportunities for others

Identify learning and development program goals and objectives to match specific knowledge and skill requirements of competency standards

Monitor training and operational controls to be in accordance with workplace procedures - training may include in-house or external training programs or one-on-one supervision

Systematically identify and implement learning and development needs in line with organisational requirements


Select equipment appropriate to potential work requirements and check for operational effectiveness in accordance with manufacturer's recommendations

Use and maintain relevant tools, machinery and equipment