Contractor certification

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. 

Safetree Certified Contractor Register

This is where you can search for the names and contact details of Safetree Certified Contractors. Also lists the regions where these contractors operate. View the Safetree Certified Contractor Register

Apply to become a certified contractor

To become certified, contractors need to provide information and complete a field audit.

FISC is in the process of creating a new portal to support certification. In the meantime, if you want to register for certification please email or

If you are already certified and need to upload insurance documents, please email these directly to

The benefits of certification

Watch Hiki Ellis from Ellis Silviculture Contractor, Jessie Bourke from Logic Forest Solutions, and Robert Stubbs from Stubbs Contracting talking about why they got certified, and why they recommends other contractors do the same.

Find out more about certification

Why get certified?

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.

What’s involved in becoming certified?

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. 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.

How are contractors assessed?

The online assessment covers:

  • Insurance certificates
  • Incident statistics
  • Employment advice.

The field audit covers:

  • Risk management
  • Competencies
  • Leadership and engagement
  • Employment conditions
  • Critical risks
  • Health risks
  • Forest practices.

What is the investment?

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.

Helpful resources

 The following resources may help with preparation for certification.

Who can do the field audit?

Field audits must be conducted by a Safetree Approved Field Auditor.  Download a list of auditors [118KB 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. If you are interested in applying to be an approved field auditor please read the criteria in the application form before submitting necessary evidence to

Safetree Certification Panel

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:

  • NZFOA: Brendan Slui
  • FICA: Tony Gamble
  • NZFFA: Mort Shepherd

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.

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