Find out more about certification or view the register of certified contractors
Safetree Contractor Certification provides forestry with an industry standardised assessment of a contractor’s suitability to work.
This is where you can search for the names and contact details of Safetree Certified Contractors. Also lists the regions where these contractors operate.
To become certified, contractors need to complete an online assessment and a field audit. When you sign up to start the process, the company that runs the online assessment, BraveGen, will be in touch to explain what to do next.
Watch Kevin Ihaka from Whangarei-based silviculture company FPS Forestry talking about why he got certified, and how it’s helped his business.
For contractors, certification demonstrates your professionalism to clients. It provides a benchmark that your health and safety systems can be designed to and means everyone is held to the same standards.
For forest owners and managers, using certified contractors provides an assurance that the companies you hire are competent to do the job.
For workers, the scheme will lead to improved health and safety and employment conditions.
The scheme was designed in consultation with the regulator, WorkSafe, and with extensive input from the industry.
To become certified, contractors need to complete an online assessment and a field audit. The criteria in the assessment and field audit are based on industry good practice.
Contractors get support to do the online assessment from BraveGen, which runs the online assessment process.
The field audit is done by an accredited Safetree auditor of the contractor’s choice. The field audit focuses on observations of the work environment and questioning of workers in the field. The auditor will identify any improvements that should be made at the time of the audit.
Certified contractors are added to a searchable register on the Safetree website.
The online assessment covers:
The field audit covers:
You will need to pay an annual subscription fee of $695 (ex GST) for the online assessment and maintenance of the scheme.
The cost of the field audit is variable depending on the auditor you select and their travel expenses. But an indicative cost for a full day is between $800 and $1000. The audit is required every two years.
The following resources may help with preparation for certification.
Field audits must be conducted by a Safetree Approved Field Auditor. A register of approved field auditors is maintained on the BraveGen website. Download a list of auditors [103KB PDF]
Field auditors on this register have been approved by the Forest Industry Safety Council Certification Panel as having met the following criteria:
Field Auditors are required to act professionally, confidentially, and without bias. They are not for example allowed to “sell” products or services and must declare conflicts of interest. A conflict of interest would include, for example, a forest owner’s auditor certifying their own contractor.
Safetree Certification is governed by a Certification Panel, according to Certification Panel Rules developed by the FISC Council and Kensington Swan.
Helen Parkes was appointed Independent Chair of the Panel by the FISC Council.
The Panel members, as nominated by their respective organisations, are:
There is also a Certification System Manager, Lee Perry. Any issues or complaints should be raised with Lee in the first instance. Lee can be contacted on 027 246 6161. Where relevant, issues can be escalated to FISC’s National Safety Director and the Certification Panel for resolution.
An online form is also available to raise any matters.