Texas Forestry Association through its SFI State Implementation Committee developed the Texas Professional Logger Training Program for loggers to increase environmental awareness and sustainable forestry practices and help respond to OSHA safety requirements. Individual workshops are scheduled throughout the year.
Who should be a Texas Pro Logger?
Any and all logging contractors and foremen
How do I become an accredited Texas Pro Logger?
The Texas Pro Logger program consists of a series of core classes (2 days) that an individual must attend in order to obtain Texas Pro Logger status. The training schedule may be found on the TFA website under Calendar. The classes include training on:
- Awareness of SFI Standards
- Best Management Practices for Water Quality, including streamside management and road construction (a field trip is required)
- Logging Safety
- OSHA Regulations, wage and hour rules, and other state and local employment laws
- Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value (critically imperiled and imperiled species and ecological communities), and other measures to protect biodiversity and wildlife habitat
How often must I take the core classes?
Individuals are only required to take the core classes once. However, a person must retake the core classes should they let their continuing education requirements lapse for more than two years.
To maintain the Texas Pro Logger status a person must attend a minimum of six (6) hours of continuing education training each year. Continuing education opportunities will be available throughout the year and listed in the Texas Logger magazine and/or in the weekly emails or on the TFA website. All continuing education must be completed by November 1 of each year.
Is any continuing education training offered online? There are some short courses on the TFA website at http://www.texasforestry.org. ; Under Programs, click Texas Pro Logger program, or go to http://www.tfatraining.org. Online courses should not be repeated every year.
WHERE DO I FIND MY CURRENT TRAINING RECORD?
View your training record. Search by first or last name.
There are registration fees for individual workshops.
Pro Logger cards will not be issued until payment is received and membership in the Texas Logging Council is current. Cards will be issued in mid-January, except for new Pro Loggers who will receive a certificate once training is complete and membership dues are current.
A processing fee will be implemented for non-Texas Logging Council/Texas Forestry Association members.
For more information or a schedule of workshops, check the Calendar on the TFA website or email the Texas Forestry Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.