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 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.

Sign up to start the certification process

The benefits of certification

Watch Kevin Ihaka from Whangarei-based silviculture company FPS Forestry talking about why he got certified, and how it’s helped his business.

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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.
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.

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. A register of approved field auditors is maintained on the BraveGen website. Download a list of auditors [105KB 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

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