Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certificate Program

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: The Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor courses starting prior to May 31, 2020 have been cancelled. Courses scheduled to start on May 31 or later are still scheduled, but subject to review as events unfold. UNBC Continuing Studies will continue to follow guidance provided by Northern Health, the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), and the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training regarding future deliveries of our courses. We encourage you to monitor UNBC’s COVID – 19 website for more information. Students seeking notification of updates should ensure they are on the interest list for the WDTA program. Join the interest list by emailing cstudies@unbc.ca.

Change: 
People who need to recertify for the Wildland Fire Safety module may request a special extension through to the end of September 2020, in accordance with the recent direction of the Wildlife Dangerous Tree Committee of British Columbia in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. People needing to recertify for the Forest Harvesting & Silviculture or the Parks & Recreation modules are eligible for an extension of 120 days. Individuals may contact the administration office at cstudies@unbc.ca or phone 250-960-5980 to request extension letters. If your certification expires prior to the end of May 2020, you may apply for an extension of 120 days. Contact the administration office to request extension letters.

For COVID-19 news specific to the WDTA program, please visit the WDTA Committee’s government webpage here

The Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Certificate Program consists of three modules that provide specialized training in proper assessment and procedures for resolving wildlife dangerous trees in specific forestry and industry-related operations.

Forest Harvesting & Silviculture Module

The Forest Harvesting & Silviculture Module teaches students to identify wildlife trees and assess the necessary steps to ensure worker safety and habitat protection when operating around wildlife/dangerous trees. The knowledge and techniques learned in this course are applicable to workplace activities in forestry operations, silviculture, oil and gas, and road construction/deactivation.

Parks & Recreation Module

The Parks & Recreation Module is developed and designed specifically for parks and recreation sites, and municipal settings, such as urban parks, where exposure to potentially dangerous trees may occur.

Wildland Fire Safety Module

This course provides students the knowledge 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 on the fire line. It also provides information on assessing both tree hazards and wildlife-tree habitat value, where opportunities exist. 

To register for courses online, click the "Register Now" button below. Inside the online registration system, click the blue "Filters" tab and select "All Seasons." Then find the module you are attending under the Wildlife Dangerous Tree category. 

Pricing:
First time Student: $475 
Re-certification: $430
Challenge: $245; maximum of two spaces per delivery

Please Note: All Challenge registrations must occur over the phone as there are requirements that must be met in order to qualify for a Challenge. Call 250-960-5980 for more information on how to complete a Challenge.


REGISTRATION: 
Online Registration Step-by-Step:

1. Click the “Register Online” button above to enter our registration system.

2. Scroll down the page to find the "Wildlife Danger Tree" subcategory and select the category of the course you would like to attend.

3. Find the correct module for the location you would like to attend and select "Register Now" to visit our login page.

4. For courses starting Apr. 2020 and after, click the blue "Filters" button and select the 2020/21 season from the drop-down menu.

5. If you do not have a login account with UNBC Continuing Studies, you will have to create one in order to register.

***Please notice the important program details listed below, which all potential students should read carefully prior to registration.***

Program Details

Course(s) Duration

All public Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor Modules are two-day courses that offer in-class & in-field instruction.

Please note: If you have a minimum of 12 individuals that require training and would like to schedule a private, in-house delivery, please email cstudies@unbc.ca outlining the module(s) location of the delivery you are seeking.

Required Materials
  • Hard hat
  • High visibility vest
  • Six-ring binder field book
  • Outdoor appropriate clothes and footwear
  • A Probing Tool

Valid original identification must be presented upon sign-in at a Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor's course. Ideally, one piece of primary identification, otherwise, two pieces of secondary identification will be required.

Items to Bring if Owned
  • Increment borer (Parks and FHS)
  • Clinometer (Parks and FHS)
  • Binoculars (Parks and FHS)
  • Diameter tape (all modules)
Course Prerequisites

Candidates must have the following minimum course prerequisites: 

1. Three or more years of practical field experience in the area of forestry, resource management, parks management, wildland fire protection, arboriculture, or a related field

2. Grade 10 equivalency in reading, writing and arithmetic skills (including the ability to calculate percentages)

3. Ability to identify tree species native to BC

4. Proven forestry measurement skills (including the ability to determine tree diameter, height, lean, stem cross-section, and skill in distance measuring)

5. ADDITIONAL PREREQUISITES FOR WILDLAND FIRE SAFETY:
Persons must demonstrate that they have recent fire-line experience (at least 10 days over the previous 2 years); OR
Persons must have a minimum of 5 days of documented dangerous tree assessment experience (harvesting/silviculture, parks, wildfire operations) in the previous calendar year

Important Certificate Information

Wildlife Dangerous Tree Assessor certificates are valid for a four-year period. To continue working as an assessor, you must renew your certificate no later than the expiry date printed on the card and letter. You will receive your pass/fail letter and/or wallet card in the mail two to three weeks from the date of grade submission to UNBC. Should your certificate expire and there not be an appropriate module scheduled for delivery in your area, a 120-day extension can be requested for each module in which you are certified (one extension allowed per module). To make an extension request, email cstudies@unbc.ca.

“Winter” courses will not be publicly offered in the Interior of BC from December 1 through March 1 and courses may get cancelled under the following safety conditions: heavy rainfall or wind storms, restrictive overhead conditions (i.e. heavy snowfall), field sites not being accessible due to snow on the ground and/or road washouts.

Outside of course delivery, field cards can be obtained from the following sources:
1: For PDFs click here.
2: Parks and FHS hardcopies: call the Distribution Centre at 1-800-282-7955.
3: Fire hardcopies: call 250-387-5965 or visit your local Fire Centre to request a set.