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Level 5 Certificate in Forestry

Duration 34 weeks
Code 5M3425
Location Ballyhaise

Course duration: 26 weeks full-time course work, eight weeks Practical Learning Period
Awarding Body:
Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Forestry
Level 7 Bachelor Degree in Forestry – WIT Advanced entry YEAR 2
Application: Apply Online
Maintenance Grant: Teagasc Grant Scheme (Means Tested)

Entry Requirements

There is no minimum educational requirement for the course but applicants who have achieved a leaving certificate standard of education are likely to benefit most. All applicants will be interviewed and will need to demonstrate an interest in the subject. Applicants must be over 17 years on 1 January following entry to the course. Mature students are welcome.

Course Aims

The Level 5 Certificate in Forestry course provides a sound understanding of the fundamental knowledge and the essential skills required for those involved in forestry operations.

The course is aimed at those who are:

  • Looking to expand or update their skills and training
  • Looking to improve career prospects
  • Looking to obtain a recognised qualification
  • Looking to advance to higher education

On completion of a course the participants will be competent in a range of relevant areas including carrying out safe work practices, communicating effectively and developing career skills.


The course is offered at Teagasc College, Ballyhaise, Co. Cavan.

Course structure and content

The course is full time from September to May and includes an eight week Practical Learning Period in March and April. The course combines practical skills in forestry.

Classroom theory includes silviculture, forest safety and sustainable forestry, forest development, forest calculations and leadership. Practical skills include:

  • Chainsaw maintenance
  • Chainsaw felling
  • ATV operation
  • Pesticide application
  • Fencing

Students who successfully complete this one year programme are awarded the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Forestry. (This does not meet the training requirement for stamp duty exemption.)


Students with the Level 5 Cerificate in Forestry Award can progress to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Forestry. Level 5 forestry graduates may also apply via the advanced entry system into year 2 of the Bachelor Degree in Forestry Level 7 (WD076) at Waterford Institute of Technology.