Graduates from forestry courses are in demand!




Learn to grow, harvest and process timber on a farm, woodlot or for a native forest.

Learn the key principles and practical management of trees in agroforestry and urban forestry.

Improve the potential commercial output from tree production.

Know what are suitable timber types, growing conditions, safe and efficient workplace practices and more.

Discover the most suitable species for your environment, report on your local area, and discuss possibilities with experts in the field.


What is Forestry?

Broadly defined as the science and practice of managing trees for use in agriculture, environmental and climate change mitigation, for human health and animal shelter, for tourism and manufacturing!

Forestry is a key industry for the broader economy. 

Factors related to timber production include:

Tree health and physiology
Planting and pruning
Soil knowledge and management
Tree rotation and forest design
Working with tools and equipment
Processing for raw timber or construction timber
Preservations, treatments and legalities
Market demands for high end specialist products for furniture or ornamental products.


Suggested course purpose and key features:

Skills development 

Professional development for those in junior moving to middle management

Introduction to the industry

Business diversification and income generating activities

Asset management – farms and land including plantations

Assumes basic chainsaw knowledge, skills and safety operations.


Working in forestry provides opportunities for professional growth and career advances.


Essential Learning Aims: 

Understand the nature and scope of forestry including the importance of trees, evaluation of trees and the equipment used in the industry.
Explain types of timber and forest products.
Explain the harvesting of timber.
Explain milling and processing, including small and large scale milling, timber drying, timber preservation and chipping.
Explain the management of plantations and forests.
Explain the value and application of conservation and restoration forestry, as an alternative or supplementary form of forestry.
Explain the value and application of agroforestry, as an alternative or supplementary form of forestry.
Explain the value and application of urban forestry, as an alternative or supplementary form of forestry.
PBL Project Aim: Implement necessary planning for commercial timber production at imaginary Lenkat Forest taking account of site and environmental considerations.


There are 9 lessons in this course:

Lesson 1. The Scope, Nature and Fundamentals of Forestry
Introduction to Forests
Tree Value
Understanding Wood
Tools in Forestry
Power Tools and General Tool Maintenance
Deciding on Tools in Agroforestry Applications
Extending Chain Life
Duty of Care in The Workplace
Protective Equipment

Lesson 2. Timber Types
Introduction to Timber and Forest Products
Different Types of Wood and Their Uses

Lesson 3. Harvesting
Tree Felling and Stump Removal
Protecting Trees
National Tree Registers
Keeping the Work Site Safe
Duty of Care
Costing Jobs

Lesson 4. Milling and Processing
Introduction to Processing Timber
Turning Trees into Timber
Reviewing Saws
Effecting of Shrinkage
Wood Preservation in Cut Timber

Lesson 5. Plantation and Forestry Management
Key terms
Pruning and Thinning

Lesson 6. Conservation & Restoration Forestry
Introduction to conservation and restoration
Forestry for Wildlife Conservation
Forestry for Erosion Control
Forestry for Salinity Control
Design Options including wide-spaced, clump and cluster and woodlots

Lesson 7. Agroforestry
Introduction to agroforestry
Benefits of Agroforestry including carbon sinks and credits
Agroforestry in Farming
Future Developments

Lesson 8. Urban Forestry
Introduction to Urban Forestry
Selecting Tree Species
Where to Plant
Environmental and Health Benefits of Trees in Urban Environments
Production Benefits of Trees in Urban Environments

Lesson 9 PBL: Planning a Commercial Timber Production
Project Based Activity: to write a plan for commercial timber production on a small 5-acre woodlot, taking account of the site specific and environmental considerations.


Complementary courses you might need! 

Horticulture I,

Arboriculture I & II,

Deciduous Trees,




Trees for Rehabilitation,

Sustainable Agriculture.


What Next?

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With ACS you have: 
Private education which has met Standards for Excellence as set out by the International Approval and Registration Centre. 

Your choice of location and learning atmosphere. You might not have the time or money to travel to a buzzing metropolitan centre to attend class. Happy learning at home when it suits you? You can. May like to consider accessing an environment which supports your study.

An online and flexible delivery mode, with friendly and expert tutor support available by email or on the phone. 

Graduate satisfaction and outcomes
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Student services which are second to none. Different online schools provide a range of different services and facilities. ACS puts the student experience very high on our list priorities. Enjoy feeling valuable. You are not a student number! 

Special expertise. ACS Distance has employed hundreds of subject specialists over the years to bring our students the best possible learning resources and courses. Our staff are sometimes located overseas which adds to the uniqueness of our course curriculum and content. 

Cost. Who hasn’t been wondering about this one?! Okay, let’s be honest, you do need to fund your own course of study. ACS students are not usually eligible for government fee help or student loan schemes, however we have kept our course fees as low as possible. We recognise that cost can be a limiting factor, so we have made it possible for you to pay for your course in parts. You will not enter a weekly or fortnightly payment scheme or contract with a credit agency when enrolling with our school. 

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