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ILA offers free equipment training

Nov 27, 2014, Kamloops, BC - The Interior Logging Association is offering Forest Harvesting Heavy Equipment Operator Training, and for the right candidates, training is free.

The program was developed by industry to meet the needs of employers in the forest-harvesting sector, and the next course starts December 8.

Students will receive two weeks of classroom training at Thompson Rivers University followed by six weeks of practical based training with a strong emphasis on “in-seat” operation and safety.

Students will have the opportunity to train on an active logging block with expert operators to ensure all skills and competencies of heavy equipment operations are achieved. They will also receive training in safety systems, quality control and gain perspectives on production efficiencies through the forest-harvesting environment.

On completion of the program students will receive an Interior Logging Association Diploma of Completion for the Heavy Equipment Operator—Forest Harvesting program. The program staff will work with the students and employers from the onset of the program to match graduating students with local contractors.

Heavy Equipment Operator Forest Harvesting Program

  • 2 week theory/certifications classroom component
  • 6 week logging production work site (skidders, processors and log loaders)
  • Review and Exam with "final mark weighted 60% on practical and 40% on exam.

Class Dates
November 3, 2014 – January 13, 2015
December 8, 2014 – February 17, 2015

Tuition costs are free for eligible participants

  • Interested applicants must "first meet certain eligibility requirements set out on the Canada Job Fund Agreement Eligibility Worksheet and Student Application
  • Valid BC Class 5 or 7 drivers license
  • Personal interview with instructors and employer representatives.
  • The learning practicum is on an industry site and will require students to take a mandatory drug and alcohol pre-screening test prior to program start.

This initiative is geared towards people who are not employed or under-employed, NOT currently receiving Employment Insurance and have not established an EI claim in the last 3 years or in the case of maternal/parental 5 years.

More information and application forms can be found here.


November 27, 2014  By  Scott Jamieson

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