Commissioner's Information Bulletin 708

Forest and Forest Products - Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Forest and Forest Products

Date of effect: 4 June 2021

In this new Commissioner's Information Bulletin two new Forest and Forest Products traineeship vocations are established as follows:

  • Forest and Forest Products - Timber Systems Design

One Forest and Forest Products traineeship vocation is repealed:

The Forest and Forest Products - Timber Processing traineeship vocation is varied:

Additional pathway:

Deleted pathways:

 Additionally the industrial instruments are updated to comply with current standards.

All other Vocational Training Orders remain unchanged.

Superseded Bulletin

This Commissioner's Information Bulletin updates Bulletin 659.

Qualifications, structure and packaging

Transition Arrangements

Competency based completion

Competency based completion provisions for apprentices

Industrial arrangements

Licensing and regulatory arrangements

School based traineeships

Registered training organisations

Funding arrangements

Inspecting Vocational Training Orders

Enquiries

To sign up an apprentice or trainee call 1800 020 108. To find a job in an apprenticeship or traineeship search here.

For implementation of new pathways in relation to this Training Package profile, please contact Tim Cleary the Forest and Forest Products & Furnishing NSW ITAB on mobile 0438 846 546.

David Collins
The Commissioner for Vocational Training


Job descriptions

Apprenticeships

The Certificate III in Saw Technology provides specialist coverage of Saw Technology competencies, for example hand sharpening knives and blades, welding, aligning sawing production systems and assessing and maintaining saw and cutter performance.

The Certificate III in Wood Machining provides some specialist coverage of saw doctoring competencies, but has a focus on an in-depth knowledge of timber technology.
Progression from the trades would naturally be to Certificate IV in Timber Processing.

Traineeships

At the Certificate II and III levels, jobs cover a range of activities from planting, weeding, pruning and pest management, to falling trees, fire management and construction and maintenance of roads.
This sector also requires higher level technical skills in forest management, with a natural progression to Certificate IV in Forest Operations. At the Certificate IV level there is a balance of supervisory functions together with technical skills in areas such as fire control, breeding and propagation, site establishment and maintenance, tree growing and maintenance.

At the Certificate II and III levels, jobs cover a range of activities from construction of roads and log-landings, plant and equipment operation and harvesting trees to stump removal and segregating or sorting logs.

At the Certificate II and III levels, jobs cover a range of activities from sawing logs, producing hardwood or softwood chips, kiln drying, conducting end matching and finger jointing operations to weighing loads.
This sector also requires skills at Certificate IV in Timber Processing which provides a balance of supervisory responsibilities together with technical skills in areas such as grading and testing, timber treatment and drying, sawing operations and competitive manufacturing.

At the Certificate III level, jobs cover a range of activities from dressing boards and timber, cutting material using computer programmed machinery to assembling products.

At the Certificate III level, jobs focus on activities from stock control, estimating and costing jobs, cutting and machining material and grading products to sales and customer service.

At the Diploma level, job emphasis is on management in areas such as planning and managing inventory programs, genetic resources, propagation programs, native forest regeneration, product design and panel production.

At the Certificate III level there are specialised job roles in either Design or Manufacture. Common to both roles, trainees will learn:

  • Working effectively in the forest and forest products industry
  • Communicating and interacting effectively in the workplace
  • Implementing safety, health and environment policies and procedures
  • Conducting quality and product care procedures
  • Contributing to team effectiveness

Trainees will then undertake a qualification to meet the different job roles of Designer or Manufacture, as described in Certificate III in Timber Frame or Truss Manufacture or Certificate III in Timber Systems Design. The specialist competencies may include:

  • interpreting designs to prepare timber floor system
  • preparing drawings and documents using computers
  • creating drawings using computer aided design systems
  • designing timber structures
  • assembling timber wall frames
  • planning and coordinating product assembly
  • organising despatch operations

Certificate IV in Timber Systems Design jobs are to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of sources and to provide leadership and guidance to others. Tasks may include:

  • researching and applying techniques for application to spatial design strategy
  • designing timber structures
  • planning and coordinating product assembly
  • diagnosing and calculating production costs
  • installing and commissioning cnc software
  • identifying and producing estimated costs for building and construction projects
  • managing projects
  • managing installation and commissioning of equipment
  • organising enterprise maintenance programs
  • managing product design
  • managing information management systems
  • managing operational plans

Forest and Forest Products - Saw Doctoring - Apprenticeships

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 June 2016
Updated 30 October 2020
Qualification FWP31019 Certificate III in Saw Technology
Terms of apprenticeship Full time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Probationary period 3 months

Forest and Forest Products - Wood Machining - Apprenticeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 June 2016
Updated 30 October 2020
Qualification FWP31119 Certificate III in Wood Machining
Term of apprenticeship Full time:
  • 48 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Probationary period 3 months

Forest and Forest Products Forest and Forest Products - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 June 2016
Updated 17 August 2018
Qualification FWP50116 Diploma of Forest and Forest Products
Terms of traineeship Full time:
  • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary period 3 months

Forest and Forest Products - Forest Operations - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 June 2016
Updated 4 June 2021
Qualifications
Terms of traineeships Full time:
  • FWP20116 Certificate II in Forest Growing and Management
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP20216 Certificate II in Harvesting and Haulage
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30116 Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30116 Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management where the trainee holds FWP20116 Certificate II in Forest Growing and Management or the FWP20216 Certificate II in Harvesting and Haulage
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30116 Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management - 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved where the trainee holds one of these:
    • FWP20136 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FWP20516 Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
  • FWP30216 Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30216 Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage where the trainee holds the FWP20116 Certificate II in Forest Growing and Management or FWP20216 Certificate II in harvesting and Haulage
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30216 Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage - 18 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved where the trainee holds one of these:
    • FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
    • FWP20516 Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
  • FWP40116 Certificate IV in Forest Operations by direct entry
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP40116 Certificate IV in Forest Operations where the trainee holds the FWP30116 Certificate III in Forest Growing and Management or the FWP30216 Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
School based The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days on-the-job training.
Probationary periods Where the nominal term is:
  • Up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • Greater than 24 months - 3 months

Forest and Forest Products - Timber Processing - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 14 June 2016
Updated 4 June 2021
Qualifications
Terms of traineeships Full time:
  • FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and Processing
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP20516 Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30316 Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30316 Certificate III in Sawmilling and Processing where the trainee holds the FWP20316 Certificate II in Sawmilling and processing
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30516 Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30516 Certificate III in Timber Manufactured Products where the trainee holds FWP20516 Certificate II in Timber Manufactured Products
    • 12 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP30620 Certificate III in Timber Building Products Supply by direct entry
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP40216 Certificate IV in Timber Processing
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
School based The term for a school based traineeship will be calculated in months from the date of commencement to 31 December of the HSC year. During this period the school-based trainee must undertake a minimum of 100 days on-the-job training.
Probationary periods Where the nominal term is:
  • Up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • Greater than 24 months - 3 months

Forest and Forest Products - Timber Systems Design - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 4 June 2021
Qualifications
Terms of traineeships Full time:
  • FWP31220 Certificate III in Timber Systems Design
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP40420 Certificate IV in Timber Systems Design
    • 36 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
  • FWP40420 Certificate IV in Timber Systems Design where the trainee holds the FWP31220 Certificate III in Timber Systems Design
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary periods Where the nominal term is:
  • Up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • Greater than 24 months - 3 months

Forest and Forest Products - Timber Frame or Truss Manufacture - Traineeship

Vocational Training Order

Date of effect 4 June 2021
Qualification FWP30920 Certificate III in Timber Frame or Truss Manufacture
Terms of traineeships Full time:
  • FWP30920 Certificate III in Timber Frame or Truss Manufacture
    • 24 months or until the relevant competencies are achieved
Part-time:
See part-time apprenticeships and traineeships
Probationary periods Where the nominal term is:
  • Up to and including 24 months - 2 months
  • Greater than 24 months - 3 months
Page last updated: 4 June 2021