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The TOP continuing education deadline is June 30, 2021

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 Initial Training 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 Initial Training 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.

TOP Initial

TOP Initial Training Course Information

TOP Update

TOP Annual Update for Continuing Education

TOP Trained Lists

TOP Trained Lists by Name and Company

TOP Reinstatement Procedure

If you allow your TOP Trained status to expire on June 30 you may be reinstated by:

1) Within three months (June 30 – September 30): Make up the missed training and pay the $80 annual fee.
2) From September 30 to the end of the year (December 31): Make up the missed training and pay a reinstatement fee of $280.
3) After December 31: You must repeat the TOP 2-day initial training to be considered trained.

Additional Resources

TOP Reference Manual with Safety Guide
The Logger Safety Guide -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

OSHA Standard 1910.1030 [Bloodborne Pathogens]
Sample TOP 2-Day Agenda

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4901 Broad River Road   |   Columbia, SC 29212
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