Become a certified logging equipment manager--for free

The Forest Workforce Training Institute is offering a Logging Equipment Operator Training School in Double Springs, March 28-April 22. The free four-week program will give participants all necessary safety certifications, plus Professional Logging Manager (PLM) status. Not only is there no cost to participate, the institute will even pay participants a $30/day stipend to help them cover the cost of travel to and from the classroom.

The program consists of both classroom instruction in the principles of sustainable forestry, which leads to the PLM status, and field training that will include actual equipment operation at an active logging site. Transportation to the logging site will be provided.

Classes will be held Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. Participants must be 18 or over and current residents of Alabama with valid Alabama driver’s licenses. They must pass drug tests and provide their own steel-toed work boots.

Previous experience with equipment operation, such as tractors or dozers, is desirable but not required. The class size is limited to eight people, but there were no applicants yet at the time of this posting.

Find more information or apply online at the Forestry Works website. Director of Training Ray Clifton may be reached at (333) 703-0218 or for questions or to hire a graduate of the program.

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