Course Type:
Accredited Course; Traineeship
Study Mode:
18 months
Starting Date:
Ongoing enrolments
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Course Overview

This qualification is designed for job roles in the harvesting and haulage sector of the forest and forest products industry as a traineeship

The Traineeship includes industry tickets in trim and cut harvested trees and machines including processor, skidder and excavator. There are 2 optional units with one to be chosen between operate a feller buncher or conduct mechanically assisted tree falling operations


Traineeship delivered in workplace

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Harvesting and Haulage (Traineeship).

Career Opportunities

Bulldozer operator, excavator operator, feller buncher, forest harvester, forwarder operator, harvesting technician, in-field chipper operation, loader operator, log truck driver, mobile equipment operator, skidder operator. All subject to jurisdiction legislation and licensing/certification

Opportunities for Further Study

  • Certificate IV in Harvesting and Haulage (Not on offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification

Covid–19 Vaccination
All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with TAFE Gippsland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Exceptions apply for valid medical reasons and students studying secondary school subjects.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
FWPCOT2256 Trim And Cut Felled Trees
FWPHAR3213 Conduct Mechanically Assisted Tree Falling Operations
FWPHAR3230 Operate skidder
FWPHAR3226 Operate feller buncher
FWPHAR3225 Operate excavator with log grapple
FWPHAR2207 Trim and cut harvested trees
FWPCOT3270 Grade and mark logs
BSBFLM312 Contribute To Team Effectiveness
FWPCOR2201 Work effectively in the forest and forest products industry
FWPCOR2202 Communicate and interact effectively in the workplace
FWPCOR3202 Conduct quality and product care procedures
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
FWPHAR3210 Conduct mechanical processor operations
FWPCOR3203 Evaluate fire potential and prevention
FWPCOR3201 Implement safety, health and environment policies and procedures


Workplace delivered theory and workbooks with emphasis on workplace log books and observation of operation in industry “coupe setting”