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PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program

The mission of the Pennsylvania SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program is to provide an educational training system that promotes sustainable forest management, operational safety, skill improvement, and profitability to meet the needs of the timber industry in Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania forest landowners, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.


Core Training Requirements  

In order to be considered a SFI Qualified Logging Professional, an individual must complete two core courses and provide proof of current First Aid and CPR certification within a 24-month period. Core training takes three days to complete, after which you need to attend four hours of continuing education training each year to maintain a current training status. All training participants will recieve an updated copy of their training record after each course they complete. Please refer to the Training Program Policy for complete details on training requirements.

Professional Timber Harvestng Essentals (8-hours) Covers general safety considerations, chainsaw safety, logging equipment safety (harvesters, loaders, skidders, etc.), trucking safety and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standards that apply to timber harvesting and related activities. Also covers pertinent aspects of Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams laws and other water resource protection regulations, Best Management Practices (BMPs), hazardous material control, and logging aesthetics. This course can not be taken for continuing education credit.

Game of Logging ‐ Level 1 (8-hours) Introduces participants to open face felling, bore cutting, and the 5-step felling plan using a hands on approach.  The course covers personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety features and reactive forces, proper chain filing techniques, and understanding important hinge wood properties and strength. This course is approximately 8 hours in length and is conducted outdoors. Class sizes are limited to provide participants one-on-one interaction with the instructor. Participants must provide their own safety equipment.

Certfied First Aid and CPR (4-hours) Because timber harvesting is a hazardous occupation, federal law (OSHA Regulations) requires that everyone who works in the woods maintain current First Aid & CPR training from a provider who can issue a certificate or a card as documentation of hands on training (i.e. no online certifications will be accepted). Individuals do not need to complete this training through the PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program; however, they must provide proof of First Aid & CPR certification to receive their initial training card (we cannot accept the MSHA 5000-23 form as satisfaction of this requirement). First Aid & CPR training is not accepted for continuing education credit.

NOTE: The PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program does not audit the work of those who participate in the program and therefore does not "certify" individuals who maintain a current training status. The PA SIC does not endorse the work of individual loggers or businesses but verifies that they have met the training standards described in the Training Program Policy. Participants should refer to themselves as "PA SFI Trained/Qualified" and avoid representing themselves as being "certified" through the program. For additional details on "Trained/Qualified" versus "Certified" Logging Professional programs refer to Section 6 - 11.1 and 11.2 of the SFI Program Standard.
Continuing Education Courses   
The PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program requires continuing educaton (CE) beyond the Core courses to maintain a current status as a SFI Qualified Logging Professional and to contnue professional development. Please refer to the Training Program policy for complete details on CE training requirements.
  • A minimum of 4 hours of CE must be taken for each calendar year to keep an individual’s training current.
  • A person can accumulate a maximum of only three years (12 hours) of CE credit beyond the current calendar year.
  • CE courses may not be repeated for credit within a 5-year period.
  • If an individual's training card has expired within the last 5 years they can take CE training to bring it up to date (4 hrs/year). Individuals with training cards that are expired beyond 5 years from the current calendar year are required to retake the Core training.
  • A database showing each participant’s training ID#, name, city, county, state, training expiration date, total training hours, and a summary of courses completed is available on our website. Individuals who wish not to appear on the website must contact the PA SIC office.
  • For individuals who, at the time of assignment to active duty within any branch of the United States Military, have established a current status as a SFI Qualified Logging Professional, that status will be extended and protected throughout their entire active duty service period. It is the responsibility of the individual to notify the PA SIC office of the time served on active duty so the appropriate adjustments can be made to the training records.
Additional Training Opportunities   

Additional training opportunities are available through numerous organizations across Pennsylvania and in adjoining states. Training courses taken from other sources may qualify for training credit through the PA SFI Professional Timber Harvester Training Program, provided the subject of the course is relevant to the SFI program requirements, similar in content, and if some legitimate form of documentation is provided to the PA SIC office for proof of attendance. To submit Non-PA SFI training credits please fill out a copy of the Non-PA SFI Course Credit Form and send it to the PA SIC office with all necessary paperwork and fees. Refer to the Training Program Policy for complete details on training requirements.



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