The skills standards and qualifications for the forest, wood and timber industry have been grouped under the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package

The FWP training package includes nationally recognised qualifications to support job roles in our industry – please see these listed below.

It also includes units of competency, skill sets and a Companion Volume, to assist RTOs with the implementation of these standards.

Advances in technology and the development of new types of timber and wood products mean workers in the forest and wood products industry require different and more sophisticated skills. The following Industry Reference Committees (IRCs) guide the development of qualifications that cover the full spectrum of job roles in our industry – from Certificates I, II, II and IV, to Diploma and Advanced Diploma. ForestWorks has a role in facilitating this process.

  • Forest Management and Harvesting IRC
  • Timber and Wood Processing IRC
  • Timber Building Solutions IRC

Current Training Package Projects

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) have approved work to begin on a project to support optimisation of log production.

Draft units of competency and skill sets were made available on the Skills Impact website from 2 June – 30 July for broad industry feedback. Thank you to those who provided feedback on the draft units of competency and skill sets. The feedback will inform the work on the final drafts which will be available for industry validation late July.

The project can be viewed on the Skills Impact website.

Visit the project webpage


Potential New Project

Please note that the need to develop the following new units and skill sets for cable logging and chipping was identified during the development phase of this project.

  • 3 new units for wood chipping operations
    • Operate excavator with log grapples for feeding logs into mobile chipper
    • Operate a heavy production flail and chipper combination
    • Operate a flail debarker
  • 1 new skill set for in-field chipping
  • 1 new skill set for cable logging

This additional work has been documented in the Issues Register to be considered by the Industry Reference Committee as a potential future project.

Current Qualifications