The Coastal Log Scaling program will be returning to North Island College in October 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

The Coastal Log Scaling program will be returning to North Island College in October 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Coastal Log Scaling program returns to North Island College

Program is delivered in a blended format, with online and in-person classes

North Island College’s Coastal Log Scaling program returns in October 2021 with a new part-time option.

The eight-month program will be delivered in a blended format, combining online learning with in-person classroom and fieldwork instruction in the Nanaimo region.

“The fieldwork is an excellent opportunity for students to combine theory with applied learning,” said Bob Haugen, NIC Continuing Education manager. “The central location also means this training is more accessible to more students, which is very important.”

Students who complete the program will learn common industry terms, weight scaling procedures, identification of commercial log species and more.

Graduates will also be prepared to write the Ministry of Forest’s Coastal Log Scale exam and, if successful, obtain their licence to work in the industry.

Log scalers play a vital role in B.C.’s forest industry, measuring and categorizing logs by species and grade to determine their volume and value with the B.C. metric scale. The B.C. metric scales drive the stumpage system – the tax the crown puts on logs coming out of the forest.

“Log scalers categorize and assess the logs coming out of the woods to ensure our forest resources are used the best way they can be,” said program instructor Scott McKillop. “It’s a key part of the forest industry and very rewarding work.”

Applications for the training are open now. Students are encouraged to apply soon to secure their seat.

Learn more and apply by visiting www.nic.bc.ca/coastal-log.

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