Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certificate: Wildland Fire Safety Module

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The Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certificate: Wildland Fire Safety Module is a two-day training course that provides information and technical procedures for assessing tree hazards and establishing appropriate safe work practices in situations where there is potential exposure from dangerous trees to workers involved in wildland firefighting. It also provides information on habitat quality which can be used to retain some high-value wildlife trees where opportunities exist to assess both tree hazards and wildlife tree habitat value (i.e. in sustained action fires where there is sufficient time to assess wildlife tree habitat components.) Fire crews involved in wildland firefighting do not have the time to complete a detailed tree assessment to determine if trees that appear dangerous might actually be assessed as safe. Consequently, this course primarily focuses on worker safety and tree defects which are visually inspected and rated as having "high defect failure potential". This certificate is recognized by WorkSafe BC.

On successful completion of the two-day course, the certified assessor will be competent in the following outcomes:

• Identifying important attributes of wildlife/danger trees
• Assessing trees for their failure potential
• Making appropriate safety decisions regarding assessed trees
• Assessing trees for their potential as wildlife habitat

***All Dangerous Tree Assessor Certificates are offered in locations throughout British Columbia. Visit the link below to find a course in your region and sign up via our online registration system. When visiting the online registration system, courses are found under the "Wildlife Danger Tree" subcategory.***

Course Requirements

Please bring the following equipment to class: Hard hat; high visibility vest; six-ring binder field book; outdoor appropriate clothes and footwear Suggested equipment: Increment borer or sharp probing tool (screwdriver), clinometer, binoculars, diameter tape.

Course Prerequisites

Three or more years of post-secondary experience working in the fields of forestry operations, habitat biology, parks management, arboriculture, transportation safety management, occupational health and safety, or wildland fire. Ability to calculate percentages. Knowledge of native tree species identification. Persons must also demonstrate that they have recent fire-line experience (at least 10 days over the previous 2 years); OR that they have 5 days of documented danger tree assessment experience (forestry, parks or wildfire operations) in the previous calendar year. Completion of the S100 Basic Fire Suppression course. ** Wildlife/danger tree assessor certificates are valid for a 4 year period. To continue working as an assessor the certificate must be renewed no later than the expiry date printed on the card and letter**



Full course: $455
For recertification: $410