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Forest technology programs prepare people to help foresters manage and produce forest resources.

Forest technology programs teach people the general principles of logging and tree growth to help foresters. Students learn to identify and inspect trees. They also learn to protect trees from forest fires, measure timber, and keep records.

Forest technology programs include topics such as:


Many community colleges and technical schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in forest technology. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program at a community college usually takes two years of full-time study to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in forest technology. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program of study by getting your high school diploma or GED.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

In this program, you typically take courses such as the following:

Many forest technology programs incorporate supervised training opportunities in their curriculums. This gives you hands-on experience using your education in real-life forestry applications. It also allows you to work in an aspect of forest technology that most interests you. For example, if environmental conservation is your passion, you could help a team of foresters survey different forests and plant saplings.

Whatever application you choose, you benefit from the guidance and supervision of an experienced forest technology professional.

Things to Know

As a technician in the wood products industry, you might help log and harvest timber. As a technician at a recreational park, you might help plant trees or maintain trails. As a technician for the government or a non-profit agency, you might test soil or collect data on forest programs.

If you're interested in the forests of a particular region, apply to schools located in that region. Programs tend to offer fieldwork courses on local forest technology issues.


East Side Area

Job Corps - Curlew

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Green River College

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Centralia College

Grays Harbor College