The TOP Program
Timber Operations Professional Program
The Timber Operations
Professional (TOP) Program is the Forestry Association of South Carolina’s
commitment to raising the professional standard of timber harvesting. TOP is
designed to improve safety, efficiency, and environmental protection. The TOP Program meets the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Program standards to be recognized as a Qualified Logging Professional.
The TOP 2-Day course and TOP Update annual continuing education provide the latest information on timber harvesting, safety, business and environmental regulations. The program is tailored primarily for loggers, job foreman, site preparation contractors, foresters and procurement managers.
How to Be TOP Trained
In order to become TOP Trained in South Carolina, an individual must successfully complete the TOP 2-Day course. Upon completion, the individual will need to maintain his or her status by fulfilling two annual requirements:
1. All participants will be required to view the most current TOP Update Video. Viewing sessions will be offered and coordinated by approved facilitators. Please contact your mill representative, forester or procurement manager for specific details about training events. For more information on upcoming classes and training events, please check our calendar.
2. All participants will pay an $80 annual fee to
maintain current TOP Trained status. The TOP Committee will use these fees
to pay for video production costs and various program expenses.
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