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New Zealand Diploma in Forest Management (Level 6)

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Level of study:
Tuition fees:
2 years
Start date: 21-February-2022
Mokoia Campus
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The forestry industry needs people who can apply leadership and technical knowledge to the long-term planning and management of forestry operations.

With this nationally recognised two-year diploma, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to work in a technical or management role within the forest growing and harvesting sectors. You could be helping to manage New Zealand's vast production forest estate - 40% of which is located in the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions.

You'll learn everything about the complex business of forest management, from planting through to harvesting and selling.

A good mix of theory and practical learning ensures you're job-ready at the end of the course. You visit industry to assess and analyse operations, write business plans and learn about setting up a forest management company.

You'll also become competent using a wide range of industry specific software.

Upon successfully completing the requirements you'll receive the award of:

  • New Zealand Diploma in Forest Management (Level 6)


Year One topics:

  • Science Communication: Korerorero Putaiao
  • Forestry Industry Overview: Tirohanga Whanui o te Ahumahi Ngaherehere
  • Forest Science: Putaiao Ngahere
  • Harvesting Operations: Whakahaerenga Hauhake
  • Forest Health and Nutrient Management: Te Oranga o te Ngahere me te Whakahaere Taiora
  • Forestry Operations: Whakahaerenga Ngaherehere
  • Plan and Monitor Production: Whakarite me te Aroturuki Whenua Haumako
  • Remote Sensing and Statistics: Tairongo Tawhiti me nga Tatauranga

Year Two topics:

  • Growth Modelling and Forest Valuation: He Tauira Whakatupu me te Uara o te Ngahere
  • Supply Chain Management: Whakahaere Raupapa Whakaputunga
  • Forestry Business Systems: Punaha Pakihi Ngaherehere
  • Applied Science Project: Hinonga Putaiao Mahi
  • Forest Engineering: Pukaha Ngahere
  • Health, Safety and Environmental Management: Hauora, Haumaru me te Whakahaere Taiao
  • Environmental Economics: Ohanga Taiao
  • Plan Management of Forest Estates: Whakahaere Rautaki mo nga Ngahere


Employment within the growing and harvesting sectors of the forest industry in a technical or management role. This may include:

  • forest mensuration and inventory
  • operational quality control
  • operations supervision
  • harvest planning
  • operational planning
  • logistics
  • wood supply and supply chain
  • port operational role
  • health and safety management

Entry criteria

All international students must have: NCEA Level 2 with passes in English/Te Reo Maori or education achievement at least equivalent to NCEA Level 2, and a minimum of 42 credits at Level 3; or evidence of ability to complete academic requirements for the programme.

If you have specific medical needs or a medical condition, a medical certificate from your doctor may be required.

English Language requirements:

IELTS Academic score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5; TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) score of 60 (with a writing score of 18); TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT) score of 550 (with an essay score of 5.0 TWE); Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests; PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42.


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