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Forest Operative

Maintaining woodland environments and managing timber harvesting.


This Intermediate forest operative apprenticeship standard will provide you with a level 2, qualification. This apprenticeship standard was approved on the 27/06/2017 and typically takes 24 months to complete. However, it is important to note that the duration of the apprenticeship standard stated does not include the End-Point Assessment period.

What the course covers

Forestry is the practice of woodland establishment and maintenance. The primary role of a Forest operative is to perform practical operations in the creation, maintenance and harvesting of forest and woodland environments. You may work across the range of operations, or specialise in a particular area of forestry.

This apprenticeship standard will prepare apprentices with the knowledge, skills and competencies needed to enter a range of careers. Career paths in forestry include planning and management, conservation, recreation, and research and logistics. The work of a Forest operative can often be labour intensive and challenging; you must be willing and prepared to work outdoors, regardless of the weather or time of year.

You will develop a sound understanding of current forestry procedures, with an emphasis on sustainable and environmentally friendly practice. You will also develop skills in specialist areas such as silviculture, which is the practice of controlling the growth, structure and quality of the forest to meet the needs of timber production. Alongside these core skills, apprentices will have the opportunity to specialise in either forestry harvesting or forestry establishment and maintenance.

Careers and jobs associated

  • Harvesting forester
  • lumberjack
  • Tree surgeon
  • Forest officer
  • Forest ranger
  • Woodland officer
  • Woodland manager
  • Forest farmer

Visit the forest operative apprenticeship standard, on the Institute for Apprenticeships site, to find further information on skills and knowledge learnt, assessment methods and more.

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