To work as a logger, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent;
- be at least 18 years old; and
- complete moderate-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
College programs are helpful but not required for you to work as a logger. Many professional-technical schools and two-year colleges offer programs in forest practices and equipment operation. Some programs lead to logger certification. Classroom study covers forest management practices, safety practices, and endangered species. You also learn about reforestation and business management. Because a lot of logging equipment uses computers, you may also receive computer training.
Working as a logging helper is good experience for this occupation. Summer jobs on farms and in the forest are also helpful. Some loggers have worked in lumber mills. Others have operated trucks, bulldozers, and cranes.
Most loggers learn their skills on the job from experienced workers. During training, you learn how to:
- use chain saws and axes to cut down trees;
- trim and cut logs;
- set chokes around logs;
- set up and take down rigging wires;
- maintain tools and equipment; and
- apply safety standards.
Logging associations and companies also train operators. Training generally lasts up to a year.