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4901 Broad River Road

Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: 803.798.4170

Timber: #1 Cash Crop
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  4901 Broad River Road

P O Box 21303

Columbia, SC 29221

The TOP Program

 Timber Operations Professional Program

The Timber Operations Professional (TOP) Program is the Forestry Association of South Carolina‚Äôs 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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TOP Reinstatement Procedure

If you allow your TOP Trained status to expire on June 30 you must choose one of the following options to be reinstated:

1) Retake the TOP 2-Day class and pay the $200 fee to become reinstated.


2) Schedule to take the TOP Update class by September 30 (within 3 months of June 30 expiration) and pay a reinstatement fee of $280.  After September 30 reinstatement will require repeating the TOP 2-Day class.


Additional Resources

If you are unable to print this guide and would like FASC to mail a copy for $5.00, please contact Guy Sabin at 803.798.4170 or

*For OSHA Logging Standards - click HERE

*For OSHA Standard 1910.1030 [Bloodborne Pathogens] - click HERE

*For a sample TOP 2-Day Agenda - click HERE

For more information contact Guy Sabin @ 803.798.4170 or email