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TOP Initial Training

The TOP Initial Training class serves as an entry-point to being TOP Trained.

TOP Initial Training Upcoming Classes

Thursday, August 22
SC Forestry Commission, Columbia, SC.

For questions please contact Guy Sabin at or 803-798-4170

TOP Update

TOP training deadline is June 30, 2024

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 Initial training, 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 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.

2024 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.
  • The TOP Update class can be taken in-person or online.

Take the TOP Update Online Anytime – NOW AVAILABLE

You can take the on-demand training through the Team Safe Trucking online learning portal at

You will need to set up a free account to log in, then search the course catalog for “TOP Update 2024” to take the class on your own at any time.

  1. Log in at the Team Safe Trucking learning portal. Create a free account if you do not already have one.
  2. In the Team Safe Trucking search bar enter “TOP Update 2024” to select this course.
  3. Be sure to take only this course. More than 115 other courses are also available on this system.
  4. Enroll and Start the course “TOP Update 2024.” Click on the video begin playing.
  5. After each video click on “Completed. Let’s continue” and complete the quiz for that section.
  6. Complete all video units and quizzes. When the Final Survey is done you will be able to print your certificate.

Scheduled TOP Updates

TOP Update classes will be posted here as they are available.


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


These materials are for INSTRUCTORS ONLY, individuals please see above for instructions to take the TOP Update online.

Training materials for the 2023 TOP Update may be downloaded at no charge. The Facilitator’s Guide includes instructions and forms for providing the Update. You will also need ONE of the video files, each video includes the entire Update in different file sizes and formats. For best results download the video file to your computer.

NOTE: The Update must be facilitated by a SC Registered Forester or person approved by the TOP Committee. Facilitators may receive credit for classes they provide, but cannot be self-administered. Viewing the facilitator materials alone or on Youtube does not provide credit for the class, please see above for the online training option.

The TOP Update training materials can also be ordered for $50. This package includes the forms, instructions, and discussion guides for providing the TOP Update with choice of video files on USB drive or DVD.

TOP Trained

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 3/21/24)

TOP Trained status does not represent any endorsement or guarantee of performance or quality of work by the Forestry Association of SC.

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