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TOP 2-Day Training

The TOP 2-Day class is the initial training that serves as an entry-point to being TOP Trained.

TOP 2 Day Upcoming Classes

The TOP 2-Day class scheduled for April 22-23 is postponed due to COVID-19.

TOP 2 Day Class
April 22 - 23, 2020
SC Forestry Commission
Columbia, SC

TOP 2 Day Class
September 16 - 17, 2020
SC Forestry Commission
Columbia, SC

TOP Update

The TOP Update is the annual continuing education requirement for TOP trained individuals. Beginning in the training cycle (July 1- June 30 each year) after completing the TOP 2-Day class, participants must take the TOP Update and pay an $80 annual fee by June 30 each year to maintain their TOP trained status.

The TOP Update is a facilitated video-based class that will normally take about 2-3 hours. The Update can be facilitated by any SC Registered Forester and is often offered by mills and wood dealers for their wood suppliers and contractors.

2020 TOP Update

  • Many mills, wood dealers, and others will host TOP Update classes -- check with your wood supply contacts for information about upcoming training.
  • The Forestry Association and SC Forestry Commission will host a number of training classes which will be posted here as they are scheduled.

Scheduled TOP Updates

All TOP Update classes listed below are postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. The TOP training deadline has been extended to 9/30/2020 and additional training classes will be scheduled when possible.

Friday, April 17, 2020
Domtar Marlboro Mill
Bennettsville, SC
Limited space, registration required, call Domtar Wood Procurement office at 843-479-6531.

Classes listed below start at 10:00 am at the local SC Forestry Commission offices and are taught by the BMP Forester for that area.

April 30, 2020
Sandhills State Forest

May 28, 2020

June 25, 2020

To register or for questions on TOP Updates, please contact TOP Director Guy Sabin at or 803-798-4170.

Classes listed below start at 9:00 am at the FASC office, 4901 Broad River Rd., Columbia.

May 8, 2020

May 22, 2020

June 5, 2020

June 19, 2020

To register or for questions on TOP Updates, please contact TOP Director Guy Sabin at or 803-798-4170.


Renew your current TOP Status by completing the TOP Update and paying an $80 annual renewal fee.


The 2020 TOP Update Facilitator’s Guide is now available for order for $50. This package includes the forms, instructions, video, and discussion guides for providing the TOP Update class.

The materials may also be downloaded at no charge.

TOP Trained

The deadline for TOP Update continuing education and annual renewal fees has been extended to 9/30/2020. All those currently trained through June 30, 2020 will be considered fully TOP Trained through September 30, 2020.

These listings recognize those individuals who are currently TOP Trained and in the Forestry Association of SC's Timber Operations Professional Program. These lists are updated frequently throughout the year. (Last updated 4/09/20)

The Forestry Association of South Carolina
4901 Broad River Road   |   Columbia, SC 29212
803.798.4170   |

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