Refresher training for forestry trainers postponed until Spring 2021

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Training rescheduled due to COVID-19 pandemic

forestry worker with chainsaw cutting treeAs the sole developer of two government-approved health and safety forestry courses for the province of Ontario, Workplace Safety North (WSN) oversees a network of trainers in Ontario, and provides the latest health and safety information for the following training: 

(1) Mechanical Harvesting Equipment Operator-Forestry Pit and Road Construction Equipment Operator (MHEO-FPRCEO), and 
(2) Introduction to Professional Chainsaw Operation and Introduction to Professional Cable Skidder Operation (IPCO-IPCS). 

Every three years, forestry health and safety approved trainers are required to take refresher training. 

Upon successful completion, trainers remain on the Ministry of Labour, Training, Skills and Development (MLSTD) (formerly Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities or MTCU) list of approved trainers for the Mechanical Harvesting and Forestry Pit as well as Cutter Skidder modular training programs.

In addition, as of 2020, Professional Chainsaw and Cable Skidder Operation non-logging trainers are also invited to participate in refresher training.  

This training provides all trainers with important information and instruction on current industry health and safety trends, hazard alerts, technological updates, and upgrades to current training material.

Based on the current disruptions within industry due to COVID-19, WSN will be rescheduling all refresher training planned in Fall 2020 to Spring 2021.

Refresher training is postponed until Spring 2021 for approved trainers and non-logging trainers of:

  • mechanical harvesting
  • forestry road construction
  • professional chainsaw
  • cable skidder operation

WSN will be in contact with trainers in early 2021 to confirm the Spring schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact your local WSN Health and Safety Specialist.