Worker certification

Safetree Professional Forest Worker Certification

Safetree Professional Forest Worker Certification is a great way to get official recognition from the industry that a workers’ skills are still up to date. Certification confirms that tree fallers and breakers out have been independently assessed on the job as able to work safely and professionally. That means they are doing what a WorkSafe inspector would expect to see, and know how to protect themselves and their crew mates. Find out more or find an assessor.

Help to get certified

Free tools are available to help tree fallers and breaker outs get ready to go for certification.

Safetree tree faller game

This online and mobile app game can be used to test whether a tree faller is ready to be assessed for certification. Click HERE to see the demo.

Get the game

Click HERE to register and to be sent a login code for the game. If you are a company, you can register your workers and have access to their results. Once you have the login code you can: Download from the App Store (iPad and iOS) (login code required) Download from the Play Story (Android) (login code required) Click HERE for the online version (login code required).

Other resources

These assessment tools can also be used to see if a worker is ready to go for certification.

Breaker Out Competency Assessment Tool [PDF 209KB]
Tree Feller Competency Assessment Tool [PDF 235KB]

Also see Best Practice Guides for breaking out and tree felling.

Find out more or find an assessor

Worker Certification factsheet [PDF 70KB]
Certified Assessors and their contact details [PDF 131KB]
Worker Certification Code of Conduct [PDF 60KB]

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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