Trained Logger Certification (TLC) recognizes loggers who are committed to learning about logging safety, productivity, and environmental issues.
TLC can helps loggers become more profitable and reduces logging accidents. TLC is also required to log on land belonging to the state.
To become TLC loggers have to complete the three “core” one-day trainings:
GAME OF LOGGING: LEVEL 1 introduces loggers to open face felling and the techniques to safely use it. Other topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell, and understanding hinge wood strength.
FOREST ECOLOGY & SILVICULTURE introduces the basics of forest ecosystems, silviculture, and Best Management Practices. During the afternoon, participants go on a woods walk to put their new knowledge to work.
FIRST AID & CPR meet both TLC and OSHA workplace requirements. Participants learn how to respond to first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies. Successful students receive a certificate of Adult First Aid/CPR valid for two years. TLC recognizes American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and National Safety Council certifications. These courses are often available locally from hospitals and fire halls.
TLC certification is good for three years. To maintain it, loggers need to earn three continuing education credits before it expires. They also need to renew their First Aid& CPR certification every two years, and this refresher course counts as half a credit. Other credits are obtained by attending continuing education workshops. It is recommended that loggers completing one continuing education credit each year to stay ahead of the game.
Examples of Continuing Education Workshops include:
• Further Game of Logging Levels (2-4)
• Log Bucking Workshop
• Skidder Bridge Building Workshop
Full day workshops are worth one credit, and half-day workshops are worth a half credit. When loggers complete three continuing education credits, their TLC will be extended three years from its previous expiration date.
Loggers with TLC certification are also eligible to receive additional funding from the WAC Forestry Program when participating in the Best Management Practices Program.