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Tech Update - Forestry Schools

Tech Update Editor: Helen Johnson

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British Columbia 

College of the Rockies, Cranbrook 
The College of the Rockies offers the only planermill apprenticeship programs in Canada. The two-year Planermill Maintenance Technician II Apprenticeship program includes approximately six weeks of theory and practical training per year for personnel within the forest industry. Planermill Maintenance Technician I is an additional year, again with approximately six weeks of theory and practical training. The Trade Qualification Upgrade for Technician II and I is a 60hour, two-week program offered to existing planermill maintenance personnel to help them acquire provincial certification of qualification for Planermill Maintenance Technician II and I. Circle Reader Service Card #160 

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BC Institute of Technology, Burnaby 
BCIT offers a full range of forestry training and will soon be adding a Bachelor of Technology in Forestry Engineering Technology (BTech) to its options. Currently a one year Forestry Technician's certificate program and a two-year Forestry diploma program are offered. A coop option is an extended diploma that involves practical work experience with some advanced management training. The BTech will allow graduates of the Forestry diploma program to obtain a degree and can be completed on a part-time basis. BCIT Wood Products Manufacturing graduates receive a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to equip them for careers in primary and secondary wood processing. An industry sponsored practicum is completed in the second year. Circle Reader Service Card #161 

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The University College of the Cariboo, Kamloops 
The Bachelor of Natural Resource Science degree program at University College of the Cariboo can be completed in five years on a fulltime basis or in up to seven years on a part-time basis, following admission. UCC offers the first general year of forestry and the second year of forest resource management, forest science, natural resource conservation and forest operations. Transfer to the University of BC's Faculty of Forestry is possible after completion of first or second year. Circle Reader Service Card #162 

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WoodLINKS 
Recognized internationally as a leading education to work transition program by organizations such as the Conference Board and Woodworking Machinery Industry Association, the Vancouver based WoodLINKS program is attracting students to the wood products industry and certifying their knowledge and skills. Currently expanding its operations across Canada and into the US, WoodLINKS is exploring opportunities for providing custom inplant training for wood company employees in subjects such as use and maintenance of common woodworking equipment, interpreting technical drawings and accounting for value. Circle Reader Service Card #163 

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Selkirk College, Castlegar 
The Forestry Technology program at Selkirk College takes an integrated approach to forest management. The program's graduates have skills in forest engineering, silviculture, forest development and inventory, forest management, resource objectives, contract supervision, GIS systems, field and lab ecosystem classification and interpretation, soil and terrain classification, riparian management, road layout, timber cruising, harvest planning, forest policy, surveying, computer based map production and integrated resource management. Graduates are eligible for membership in the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists of BC. Circle Reader Service Card #164 

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University of Northern BC, Prince George 
The forestry program at the University of Northern British Columbia offers a BSc in Natural Resources Management with a major in Forestry. Accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, the four-year program includes courses common to the wildlife and fisheries major. Cooperative education opportunities are also available. The university is involved in a number of model and demonstration forests and has two research forests. Its forest faculty conducts research on issues affecting northern BC and similar regions elsewhere in the world. Circle Reader Service Card #165 

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Malaspina University College, Nanaimo 
The two tear Forest Resource Technology diploma program provides the technical training for a career in most fields of forestry. Accredited by the Applied Science Technicians and Technologists (BC), it provides up-to-the-minute information on all aspects of forestry. The Forestry extension program offers a wide variety of programming aimed at all levels of the forest sector and is available to the general public and industry practitioners. In addition, most courses can also be provided as private, in-house contract sessions. Circle Reader Service Card #166 

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BC Wood's Value-Added Development Centre, Abbotsford 
Courses relevant to value-added manufacturers are offered year round at the BC Wood Value-Added Development Centre facility. In addition to courses on machinery, safety, forklift training and materials handling, supervisory and management courses are also offered. Many of the courses take place in one week modules based on the equipment and machinery used in value-added wood manufacturing. The classes are designed to be job related and average 20 per cent classroom time and 80 per cent hands-on training. Classes are also available on a one day only basis and on nights and weekends. Circle Reader Service Card #167 

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Forestry Continuing Studies Network, Vancouver 
The Forestry Continuing Studies Network (FCSN) makes information available to professionals, technical staff, forest workers, First Nations, individuals, and organizations to develop appropriate programs and deliver them province wide, both locally or in-house. Since 1991, FCSN has offered more than 2,600 sessions to more than 63,000 participants. Several course topics are available in each of the areas of study that include engineering, watershed restoration, silviculture, timber products, management and others. Circle Reader Service Card #168 

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University of British Columbia, Vancouver 
The Faculty of Forestry at University of BC offers a BSF degree in both Forest Resources Management and Forest Operations. A BSc degree is available in the areas of Wood Products Processing, Forestry and Natural Resources Conservation. Distance education and some exchange programs are available. The Wood Products Processing program ensures a strong technical background in wood and a good understanding of the manufacturing and marketing of a variety of wood products. A five-year cooperative program with work placements in industry is also available. Circle Reader Service Card #169 

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Kay and Associates, Vancouver 
Comprehensive forestry training for managers, engineers, supervisors and machine operators is offered by Kay and Associates Training Consultants in one day to five-day courses. Subjects include pest management practices; the BC Forest Practices Code; forest road construction, maintenance and deactivation; worker safety; site rehabilitation (landslides, roads, harvest areas, bioengineering); and cost management for road construction and maintenance. Customized courses are also available. Circle Reader Service Card #170 

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College of New Caledonia, Prince George 
The two-year Wood Processing Engineering and Technology diploma offered at the College of New Caledonia prepares graduates for careers in the design and production of wood products. The college's two-year Forestry Resource Technology program provides theoretical and practical studies in forest management. Circle Reader Service Card #171 

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Alberta 

Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie 
The Grande Prairie Regional College offers a Bachelor of Applied Forest Resource Management degree program that prepares students for a broad range of employment in forest resource management at the management or technical level. The four-year program includes six academic semesters and two semesters of credit work experience. Extensive hands-on study and field labs reinforce the classroom experience. Circle Reader Service Card #172 

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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton
The two-year Forest Technology program available at NAIT consists of four 17week semesters. Each of the program's six streams begins during a six week fall camp. NAIT's two-year Wood Products Engineering Technology program offers hands-on learning on state-of-the-art equipment. Following the first year, students take a 12week coop program working for an employer in the wood industry. Circle Reader Service Card #173 

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University of Alberta, Edmonton 
The University of Alberta offers the only two CFABaccredited programs in Forestry in the province, the BSc in Forestry and the BSc in Forest Business Management. The Forest Business Management degree is unique in Canada and develops graduates with the abilities to manage businesses as well as forests. Circle Reader Service Card #174 

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Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake 
Northern Lakes College offers a 34week forestry technician program that combines classroom, fieldwork and a student work practicum. The Logging Equipment Operator program provides training on grapple skidders, delimbers, feller bunchers and butt'n'top loaders. NLC also develops and offers customized logging and forestry courses for employers. A Wildland Firefighter Type II course is also available. In conjunction with the Alberta Forest Products Association, NLC has developed a CD titled Making the Grade: Lumber Grading Multimedia Theory Training Version 2.0. The CD is designed to help learners acquire a better understanding of the lumber grading industry and to recertify current lumber graders. Circle Reader Service Card #175 

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Portage College, Lac La Biche 
The one year Forest Technician program at Portage College (formerly Alberta Vocational College) consists of classroom lectures and field training following current industry practices. Subject areas include silviculture, wood utilization, harvesting, forest protection, forest measurements and forest management The program stays current through a close liaison with industry, government and a forestry advisory committee. The certificate program prepares graduates for a broad range of employment in the forest industry. Circle Reader Service Card #176 

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Environmental Training Centre, Hinton 
The Environmental Training Centre, an in-service training facility operated by Alberta Environment, offers a number of natural resource management courses including a unique and highly advanced fire control program and an array of forest management programs including AAFMI modules. The second year of NAIT's Forest Technology program is also taught at the Centre. Circle Reader Service Card #177

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Saskatchewan 

Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology, Prince Albert 
The SIAST Vocational Forestry program trains students for employment in both conventional and mechanical harvesting, planting, thinning and processing for a variety of value added industries. This program is offered at locations throughout the province on a contractual basis. Circle Reader Service Card #178

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Ontario 

Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sault Ste Marie 
The two-year, four semester Forestry Technician program prepares graduates with a range of skills, enabling them to work with forestry consultants, professional foresters, biologists and other scientists. Extensive fieldwork is carried out regularly and annual field camps are part of the program. Graduates are eligible to continue their studies in the Integrated Resource Management Technology program. Circle Reader Service Card #179 

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Lakehead University, Thunder Bay 
Students in the seven forestry programs at Lakehead University develop a solid understanding of the art and science of forest resource management. The degree programs include: a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (forest conservation); an Honours BSc in Forestry (available as both non coop and coop); an MSc in Forestry; and a Master of Forestry degree by distance education. A transfer program is available to forestry diploma holders with above average qualifications. Circle Reader Service Card #180  

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University of Toronto, Toronto 
The University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry offers a Master of Forest Conservation degree, an intensive 16month, course oriented program available in both an in Forestry (MScF) degree is also available in several relevant areas of specialization. Circle Reader Service Card #181 

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Sir Sanford Fleming College, Lindsay 
The two-year Forestry Technician program at Sir Sanford Fleming College, offered through the School of Natural Resources, provides theoretical knowledge and technical skills as well as a hands-on approach with numerous field excursions and a field camp experience. Fleming also offers a horse logging course that focuses on all aspects of this harvesting method. Circle Reader Service Card #182

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Algonquin College, Pembroke 
The intensive 50week Forestry Technician Diploma program at Algonquin College emphasizes practical field experience, bringing theoretical principles into perspective. The three semesters include a range of forestry related courses including GIS, remote imagery, dendrology, soils, harvesting and small business. Graduates can directly pursue a career in natural resources management or further their education through a distance education Environmental Studies program. Circle Reader Service Card #183 

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Quebec 

University of Laval, Quebec City 
As well as the many forest research programs under way at Laval University, the French language institution offers three applied sciences degrees (BScA) in forestry including cooperative forestry operations, forestry environment and a cooperative degree in wood sciences. Circle Reader Service Card #184 

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Specialized Centres 
Through its Department of Higher Education and Science, the Government of Quebec sponsors Specialized Centres within some of the province's colleges. Their function is to complement the existing research centres in applied research. Circle Reader Service Card #185 

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New Brunswick 

Maritime Forest Ranger School, Fredericton 
The Maritime Forest Ranger School (MFRS) offers the only recognized one year Forest Technician program in North America. With about 1,400 student/instructor contact hours, the program includes a mandatory, evaluated summer practicum. The program is recognized by the Association of Registered Professional Foresters of New Brunswick and the US Society of American Foresters. The MFRS also offers short courses in forestry and sawmilling through its Department of Continuing Education. The sawmilling courses are available for all levels of sawmill employees. Circle Reader Service Card #186 

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New Brunswick Community College, Miramichi 
The 12week Mechanized Forest Operations program at New Brunswick Community College, Miramichi, produces certified machine operators trained in all relevant aspects pertaining to the mechanical production of forest products. The 40week Professional Forest Worker certification program offers courses in the operation of chain saws, thinning saws, skidders, forwarders, forestry equipment and mechanized forestry equipment, as well as foreman and contractor operations and the management of forest resources. Circle Reader Service Card #187

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University of New Brunswick 
The University of New Brunswick offers BSc degrees in Forestry and Forest Engineering. The only accredited program of its kind in Canada, the BScFE combines engineering skills with knowledge of forest ecosystems and management science to produce graduates who can determine economically and environmentally sound ways of organizing and implementing management plans. Circle Reader Service Card #188 

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Newfoundland 

College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook 
The College of the North Atlantic offers a group of programs in the natural resources technology field. A twoyear Forest Resources Technician diploma program includes class, lab and crew fieldwork in forest utilization, protection, improvement and management. The program is recognized internationally by the Society of American Foresters and nationally by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists. Circle Reader Service Card #189 

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Finland 

Kuru Institute of Forestry 
Kuru Institute of Forestry, part of Tampere College, is an internationally recognized forestry college specializing in mechanized wood harvesting, ecology and environmental issues. Located in southern Finland, the college provides a two-year forestry machine operator course, taught in English. Circle Reader Service Card #190 


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British Columbia

College of the Rockies, Cranbrook #160
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The University College of the Cariboo, Kamloops #162
Woodlinks #163
Selkirk College, Castlegar #164
University of Northern BC, Prince George #165
Malaspina University College, Nanaimo #166
BC Wood's Value-Added Development Centre, Abbotsford #167
Forestry Continuing Studies Network, Vancouver #168
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
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Kay and Associates, Vancouver
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College of New Caledonia, Prince George
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Alberta:
Grande Prairie Regional College, Grande Prairie
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Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, Edmonton
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University of Alberta, Edmonton
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Northern Lakes College, Slave Lake
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Portage College, Lac La Biche
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Environmental Training Centre, Hinton
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Saskatchewan:
Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science & Technology, Prince Albert #178

Ontario
Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, Sault Ste Marie #179
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay #180
University of Toronto, Toronto #181
Sir Sanford Fleming College, Lindsay #182
Algonquin College, Pembroke #183

Quebec:
University of Laval, Quebec City #184
Specialized Centres #185

New Brunswick
Maritime Forest Ranger School, Fredericton #186
New Brunswick Community College, Miramichi #187
University of New Brunswick #188

Newfoundland:
College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook #189

Finland:
Kuru Institute of Forestry #190

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