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New York Logger Training

About New York Logger Training

New York Logger Training, Inc. provides educational skills training for the forest products industry in New York State. New York Logger Training (NYLT) is a cooperative effort of timber harvesters, foresters, forest industry , forest landowners, government and educators working together to learn and practice environmentally sound logging practices and improved woods skills to develop a safer work environment, increased productivity and profits and a better quality of life.

Trained logger certification (TLC) is a voluntary program of NYLT which recognizes loggers who have achieved a level of training and continuing education.

Since the original certificates were presented in 1996, TLC has become the standard training program for the wood using industry in New York.

What is Training Logger Certification (TLC)?

TLC recognizes loggers who are committed to logging safety, productivity and environmental issues. TLC workshops can help you learn how to make more money, reduce costs, and reduce logging accidents, get your trees on the ground and processed safely. TLC is also required to log on state land. Anyone can become TLC as long as they complete the tree “core” one-day trainings: Chainsaw Safety & Operation, Adult First Aid & CPR and Forest Ecology & Silviculture. After completing these three courses, you will receive a certificate and ID card as proof of your TLC status. TLC applies to individual loggers, not the company they work for.

Topics Covered to be Certified

Chainsaw Safety & Operation Game of Logging Level 1 or its equivalent (as determined by the NYLT Board of Directors) introduces loggers to open face felling and the techniques to safely use it. Other topics covered include personal protective equipment, chainsaw safety, bore cutting, pre-planning the fell and understanding hinge wood strength.


First Aid & CPR Meet both TLC and OSHA work place requirements by attending this course where you will learn how to respond to first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies. Successful students receive a certificate of Adult First Aid & CPR valid for two years. TLC recognizes American Red Cross, American Heart Association, and National Safety Council Certifications. These courses are often available locally from hospitals, fire halls and ambulance squads.


Forest Ecology & Silviculture Forest Ecology and Silviculture introduces the basics of forest ecosystems, Silviculture, and Best Management Practices. During the afternoon, participants go on a woods walk to put their new knowledge to work.

How to Maintain Certification

Your first TLC is valid for three years. To maintain it, you’ll need to earn three continuing education credits before it expires. You will also need to renew your First Aid & CPR certification every two years, and this refresher course counts as a half credit. You can get the credits by attending continuing education workshops or participate in NYLT pre-approved on line workshops. We recommend completing one continuing education credit each year to stay ahead of the game.

Full day workshops are worth one credit and half-day workshops are worth one half credit. Some webinars are worth .25 credit and take approximately one hour to complete.

If your TLC expires, a one-time immediate reinstatement of TLC is offered upon request. Your First Aid and CPR needs to be current and you need to have completed on Continuing Education credit in the last 6 months. Upon reinstatement you’ll have on year to complete the two additional Continuing Education credits. Once completed, the recertification is valid for three years.