Learn to grow, harvest and process timber on a farm, woodlot or native forest with this agroforestry online course. If you’re interested in agroforestry or urban forestry, this is ideal professional development for you.
Certificate of Forestry and Timber Production an online professional development course that covers the key principles and practical management of trees in agroforestry and urban forestry.
In this online agroforestry course, you will learn about improving commercial output of tree production, timber types, growing conditions, safe and efficient work practices, and wood preservation.
You will also learn about forestry conservation and restoration, including wildlife conservation, and erosion and salinity control, agroforestry future developments and the health benefits of trees in urban environments.
On completion of this course, you will have developed a comprehensive understanding of all elements of forestry from commercial production to conservation.
Unit - Forestry Foundations
Unit 1 – The Scope, Nature and Fundamentals of Forestry
Introduction to forests
Importance of trees
Tree evaluation systems
How tree value is calculated
Resistance to rot
Dry and wet rot
Resistance to fire
Tools used in forestry
Handling tools – general safety recommendations
Power tools and general tool maintenance
Deciding on tools in agroforestry applications
Chain saws – a common tool in forestry
Extending chain saw life
Common sense chain saw safety
Duty of care in the workplace
Machinery, equipment and workplace safety
Unit 2 – Timber and Forest Products
Different types of wood and their uses
Hardboard (high density fibreboard)
Chipboard (particle board)
MDF (medium density fibreboard)
Unit 3 – Harvesting
Tree felling and stump removal
Why remove a tree?
Felling the whole tree
Cutting with an axe or saw
Removing a stump
National tree registers
Keeping the work site safe
Duty of care
The cost of employing labour
Unit 4 – Milling and Processing
Introduction to Processing Timber
Turning Trees into Timber
Effecting of Shrinkage
Wood Preservation in Cut Timber
Plantation and Forestry Management
Pruning and Thinning
Conservation & Restoration Forestry
Introduction to conservation and restoration
Forestry for Wildlife Conservation
Unit 5 – Plantation and Forest Management
How shelterbelts work
Pruning and thinning
Benefits of pruning
Pruning to reduce fire hazards
Unit 6 – Conservation and Restoration Forestry
Forestry for wildlife conservation
Creating wildlife corridors
Forestry for erosion control
Forestry for salinity control
Design options for conservation and restoration forestry
Clump and cluster
Unit 7 – Agroforestry
Introduction to agroforestry
Benefits of agroforestry
Agroforestry in farming
Unit 8 – Urban Forestry
Introduction to urban forestry
Selecting tree species
Assessing the site
Choosing the trees
Where to plant
Environmental and health benefits of trees in urban environments
Heat island effect
Climate change resilience
Psychological & physical health
Ecosystems & biodiversity
Production benefits of trees in urban environments
Lesson 9 PBL: Planning a Commercial Timber Production
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.