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NIC’s Coastal Log Scaling program begins in February

North Island College will offer a Coastal Log Scaling certificate beginning February 24 at NIC’s Campbell River campus.

The full-time, 13-week program is designed for students looking for an in-demand forestry career. Graduates are prepared to write the Ministry of Forests theoretical and practical Coastal Log Scaling exam, required to work as a licensed log scaler.

The program emphasizes practical skills. Students spend the majority of their time on dry-land log sorts, learning the steps required in weight scaling, how to grade logs and identify log species commonly found in coastal log sorts, and more. Class lectures, directed home study, and field work are also required.

In addition, students earn their Occupational First Aid Level One certificate.

To participate, students must:

n be physically fit and able to work in varied weather conditions

n complete an interview with the instructor

n be able to commit an average of 60 hours a week for classroom and home studies

n successfully pass the log scaling math assessment

Preference will be given to applicants with a minimum Grade 10 completion.

The Truck Loggers Association has generously donated funding to support program students. Six $1,000 awards are available to applicants who demonstrate clear career goals in the forestry sector and financial need.

The ministry exam fee is not included in course fee. While the program is scheduled to conclude May 30, 2014, the course end date may be adjusted to align with Ministry exam dates.

For more information and the Truck Loggers Association Award application, please contact www.nic.bc.ca/trades or Wendy Samaroden, Training Officer with NIC’s Continuing Education, at 250-923-9728.

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