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

Prefabricated Building Systems Project

This project will review and update units of competency for timber truss and frame design and manufacture, to reflect emerging industry skill requirements, including prefabrication of panelised building systems, so that all job functions are accurately described.

A Technical Advisory Committees is being established for this project, to provide technical input to the review and development of units. If you are interested in applying to be a technical expert and are able to volunteer your time, please email details of your expertise to the relevant Project Manager (please see details on the project webpage). Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in February 2017, when draft units will be made available for comment on the Skills Impact website.

Visit the project webpage to register your interest to keep up-to-date on project activities, and to and view the project scope, timeline and deliverables.

Cross Laminated Timber Building Systems Project

This project will review and update units of competency relating to cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam production, to incorporate the skills and knowledge that is required to operate machinery, so all job functions are accurately described.

A Technical Advisory Committees is being established for this project, to provide technical input to the review and development of units. If you are interested in applying to be a technical expert and are able to volunteer your time, please email details of your expertise to the relevant Project Manager (please see details on the project webpage).

Broad industry consultation is scheduled to commence in March 2017, when draft units will be made available for comment on the Skills Impact website.

Visit the project webpage to register your interest to keep up-to-date on project activities, and to and view the project scope, timeline and deliverables.

Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved the Case for Endorsement for the updated and revised units of competency, along with a Companion Volume Implementation Guide. The revised units will be released on to training.gov.au by the end of 2017, contained within the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package. Once published on training.gov.au, the units will be available for use by registered training organisations (RTOs).

Units in this project were reviewed and developed in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on utilisation processes. This process was led by the Forest Management and Harvesting Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and guided by an industry based Technical Advisory Committee.

Visit the project webpage to view copies of the documents that were endorsed by the AISC.

Current Qualifications