This Certified Logger Training Program provides an excellent introduction; including basic logging skills training, and the required training for certification by the state.
“With this training and certification, you will be well positioned to start a career as a logging professional,” Spong said, recommending the training for anyone who is “underemployed, a private forest landowner, a student, and most anyone else interested in the field of logging.”
Training will include an industry overview, a look at best management practices for logging, CPR and First Aid training for loggers, equipment operation basics, OSHA compliance training for loggers, chainsaw operation and safety.
Participants in the course will receive: instruction and hands-on training; personal protective equipment including chainsaw chaps, hard hats, gloves, boots, and other supplies; payment of initial West Virginia Division of Forestry Certification application; and networking opportunities and job placement assistance.
There are no enrollment costs for this program, which is being offered with the support of the US Department of Labor, Workforce WV, and the West Virginia Community and Technical College System. Participants will be required to get to and from the primary training location, at the Wood Education Resource Center (Exit 14 off of I-77) and provide their own lunch. Prospective participants should keep in mind that the training will feature difficult working conditions on uneven ground in all weather conditions.
While the course is free, space is limited, and enrollment will be on a first-come, first served basis. To register, please contact Ben Spong at 304-293-9425 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training, with funding coordinated by the West Virginia GREEN-UP Council, will be offered again in the Morgantown area in May and in the Elkins area in July of 2012.