Forest Works Manager Training

FISA Forestry Works Manager (FWM) Interim Position on the Basic One Day Training.

3rd December 2021

The FISA new FWM Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework is nearing completion and when complete will be published on the FISA website.  Ahead of this publication, the basic FISA FWM one day awareness course remains available.  Those persons contacting FISA to reserve a place on this course will be contacted with dates offered for the basic awareness course.

Within the forestry industry, there are growing concerns about the high expectations placed on newly trained/qualified personnel and their level of competency to assume control of tasks relating to supervise and manage operations. Currently, there is no national scheme/outline framework to follow in treework for recognising and recording FWM CPD (many organisations follow their own uniquely developed in-house systems).  It is our aim that in publishing a CPD Framework, this will help FWM’s to plan structured professional development through a range of means such as specific courses, seminars, conferences, workshops, full and part-time study, and other relevant training.  As well as this, it is widely recognised that individuals can also learn and consolidate their structured development and increase their knowledge and skills from other ways such as through carrying out their daily tasks.

The FISA FWM CPD Framework will provide detail on recommended core skills along with a list of additional complementary skill areas that FWM’s are encouraged to develop.  It will be Important that each individual looks to tailor their own CPD learning around the demands of their work role and the tasks which they are responsible.  Consideration will need to be given towards which skills are required, what areas need to be a focus for improvement, new trends/compliance requirements, new methods of work, obstacles to be overcome and the needs with changing roles.