SkillsAdvance Ontario – Forestry

SkillsAdvance Ontario – Forestry Table of Contents

Grow your future with FREE training.
Our next session starts in Lindsay:
Feb. 28, 2022
Register by Feb. 18, 2022

March 28 - April 22
Register by March 16

April 25 - May 20
Register by April 8

May 24.
Register by May 13.

Job Seekers

The forestry industry in City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, Peterborough, and Northumberland continues to grow and qualified workers are required. Take advantage of this free training program, which can open up new employment opportunities within the forestry industry.

The four-week program is designed to build your skills progressively for entry-level jobs.

Participants should be in good physical condition – able to lift 12 pounds and walk across rough terrain in a range of weather conditions.

Skills training will include:

  • Introduction to the Forestry Industry
  • Managed Forest Tour
  • Forest Regions of Ontario
  • Common Trees of Ontario
  • Forest Navigation and Inventory
  • Forest Measurement Techniques
  • Introduction to Ontario Forest Fires
  • Introduction to Scaling and Milling
  • Tree Felling
  • Introduction to Forest Inventory and Analysis
  • Introduction to Tree Marking
  • Forestry Small Equipment Operation

The program will also provide health and safety training:

  • First Aid and CPR
  • WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System)
  • PCO Chainsaw Safety & Small Engine Maintenance
  • Bear Aware and Forest Safety

Essential workplace skills and career preparation will also be part of the program:

  • Forestry Professional Network
  • Aboriginal Law and Treaty Rights
  • Resumes
  • Cover Letters
  • Job Search Strategies
  • Interviewing
  • Making Work Stick: Hanging Tough When Things Get Rough

Support and next step to a career:

Throughout the four-week program, participants will maintain contact with their designated Employment Consultant, including one-on-one meetings and job search assistance.

Participants must be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Residents of Ontario
  • Currently unemployed or under-employed (less than 20/hrs a week);
  • Not currently in education or training
  • Living in Eastern Ontario region

Participants will receive a statement of achievement from Fleming College; this is not a college certificate and there is no credit. Each participant must be ready, willing, able to work at the end of the four-week training.

IMPORTANT: Vaccine Policy in effect. Everyone, including students, staff, faculty and visitors, will be required to have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by September 7, 2021, and second dose by October 20, 2021, in order to access the programs and activities on Fleming campuses.


Are you an employer looking to increase the skill level and qualifications of your workforce? Through the SkillsAdvance Ontario (SAO) Forestry program, we can provide training for your employees.

The SAO Forestry initiative provides industry with an opportunity to access training for its existing workforce. Workers who are already employed within the forestry industry sector or within wood products manufacturing facilities can upgrade their skills through Algonquin and Fleming colleges. Both colleges have developed industry-recommended training programs. Fleming is continuing to work with employers to identify skills gaps so that we can collectively build a stronger forestry workforce for the future.

This training will take place in a variety of locations, both in person and online. This could include: the workplace; on-campus at the College; or through online teaching modalities such as Zoom.

If you are an employer and would like more information, please contact:
Tara Douglas
Project Manager

Application Process

Fill out the form below to register for an information session and start your application process.
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Or contact:

Nicole Holden
Employment & Training Consultant
(705) 872-2088

Valerie Dalby
Employment & Training Consultant
(705) 313-3029

We are offering this program in collaboration with Algonquin College. We are trusted partners in talent acquisition, ongoing training, and professional development.

SAO Forestry is an Employment Ontario program funded by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario through the Canada-Ontario Job Fund Agreement.

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