Contractor certification

Become a certified contractor with the Safetree Contractor Certification scheme

Safetree Contractor Certification provides forestry with an industry standardised assessment of a contractor’s suitability to work. This scheme was designed for forestry, by forestry.

Sign up to become certified

To start the certification process, sign up here. The company that runs the online assessments, BraveGen, will be in touch.  

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 a web-based 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 web assessment from BraveGen, which runs the online assessment.

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 will be added to a searchable register on www.safetree.nz.

Please do circulate within your organisation and encourage active engagement in this opportunity to shape our industry’s professionalism. Feedback should be sent to info@safetree.nz.

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

Who can do the Field Audit?

Field audits must be conducted by a Safetree Approved Field Auditor (Field Auditor) to be considered for Safetree Contractor Certification.  A register of Field Auditors is maintained on the BraveGen website for contractors.  Field Auditors on this register have been approved by the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) 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 a Field Auditor please read the criteria in the application form before submitting necessary evidence to enquiries@safetree.nz

What is the investment?

You will need to pay an annual subscription fee of $695 (ex GST) for the web 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.

  • Safetree Contractor Certification Guidance [1MB PDF]
  • Safetree Field Audit [975KB PDF]. The paper version of the Field Audit, including questions, standards and any additional guidance notes for auditors.
  • Employment Test [316KB PDF]. This test is recreated in BraveGen for contractors to complete. It uses tests developed in the Courts to determine whether your worker should be receiving employee entitlements. It also provides helpful advice about what those entitlements are.
  • Employment Standards Self Questionnaire [1MB PDF] This provides a detailed assessment that can be used to provide assurance that all employment conditions are being met. The content of this questionnaire was developed by the Labour Inspectorate. This is not mandatory for Certification but good practice for all contractors to complete and may be asked for as evidence to satisfy any corrective action arising where employment standards fall short in the field audit.
  • Competency Matrix [111KB PDF]. This is a template that may be used to provide evidence to satisfy crew competency requirements.

Further information

See the Safetree Contractor Certification Guidance for more information.

Or email enquiries@safetree.nz

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