Forestry Machine Operator Program


If you are interested in...

      • Working outdoors in a 'team' environment;
      • The challenge of working independently and important decision-making;
      • Working with heavy equipment;
      • Learning best practices for managing forests and protecting the environment;
      • Living in a rural community with opportunities for advancement.
... a dynamic and skilled career as a forestry machine operator may be right for you!!

Training is set to start on March 14, 2022
More program details and how to apply is provided HERE

There are 8 seats available, applications are accepted until all seats are filled.
If you have specific questions, please call 902 897-6961 or email


Building Capacity and Sustaining Nova Scotia’s Logging Sector

On behalf of High Performance Logging, we are pleased to announce the ‘Entry-level’ Forestry Machine Operator Training Program.

The purpose of the program is to recruit and train eight new logging equipment operators who demonstrate the desire, aptitude, and skills to work in the unique forestry setting. To be successful, we need your input and commitment as an employer!

The skills your student operator will acquire through the Machine Operator Training initiative, will provide a lasting benefit to your business.


The program begins March 14th, 2022

If you are in need of a harvester or forwarder operator and would like to become engaged and participate in the program, please contact us directly to review program details and requirements.


Peter Robichaud, Executive Director
Canadian Woodlands Forum
(office) 902 897-6961 
(cell) 902 899-6420

Funding for the program is being provided by the Nova Scotia
Department of Labour, Skills and Immigration.

The Program

The forestry machine operator training program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as mechanized forest equipment operators.

The specialized nature of forest harvesting equipment requires skilled operators with a focus on safe, environmentally sustainable, and viable commercial operations. 

Following a comprehensive application and evaluation process, successful students will participate in three key phases over the course of the 25-week program; this includes: 

Forestry 101 (5 weeks) - An in-class component to introduce forestry and logging fundamentals, machine types and work environments, preventative maintenance approaches, machine productivity, and other key forestry knowledge. These concepts are delivered through a series of sessions, hands-on exercises, and includes training on equipment simulators. 

Basic Training (5 weeks) – Actual 'seat-time' with one-on-one instruction on live harvesting equipment. Each candidate will be provided operating time on a harvester and forwarder over the five-week training period and will learn about safe and efficient operating techniques, on-board computers, and maintenance best practices.  

Advanced Equipment Operation Training

(15 weeks) – Students will be matched with a harvesting contractor who will employ the student for 'on-the-job' training component directly on the contractor's active operations. The student will work as a member of the team and will receive further instruction and weekly coaching from professional training providers.

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