American Loggers Council endorsed Master Logger Certification© Programs and Logger Training Programs:

How are they different?

The American Loggers Council (ALC) endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs are present in 18 states nationally and are growing. This effort is being undertaken to help the logging industry receive recognition for the high-quality work so many loggers are already doing and to reinforce standards that will enable it to improve its image with the public and maintain healthy forests.

ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs demonstrate accountability and high standards across all aspects of a timber harvesting business, from the company’s day-to-day work in the woods to the forest products it sends to market.  There are often questions about how ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification©programs  differ from state-level logger training programs.  We hope the following article will help clarify what the differences are, and why promoting ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification programs© are important for the industry as a whole.

 What is ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification©?

ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs are state specific, third-party independent certification of logging companies’ harvesting practices. The certification system is built around 7 areas of responsibility that have been cross-referenced to all of the world’s major green certification systems.  ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs have grown from the American Loggers Council’s longstanding commitment to a performance recognition program that is ‘Logger owned and Logger Controlled’.  This elite designation is earned and verified though an independent process.   Because ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© is earned through a rigorous process of verification and evaluation of the company and its harvesting practices, it raises the bar in the timber harvesting industry in a way that standard training programs do not.

 What does logger training mean?

Logger Training Programs are important vehicles for delivery of safety information and environmental topics.  Logger training focuses on an individual’s attendance at a training class and are not verified by an independent performance evaluation. Logger training programs are generally managed by industry related organizations or public agencies, and many states have mandated or required logger training classes.  Often times, logger training programs offer workshops or classes on a variety of industry related topics.  You may recognize the terms “qualified”, ‘trained’ or ‘professional’ logger in relation to loggers who complete a state’s logger training program.

So how exactly are ALC MLC© Programs and Logger Training different?

As stated, logger training programs are important tools for the dissemination of safety and environmental topics.  Logger classes are often opportunities to further knowledge of business and other professional development topics.  However, most logger training workshops measured little more than attendance.  Certification programs, like ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs, are set apart in that they require third party verification. It is a program built not by simply taking classes, attending workshops or training sessions, but by demonstrating high quality work in the woods every day.  This elite designation is earned and verified though an independent process.

Because ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© is earned through a rigorous process of verification and evaluation of the company and its harvesting practices, it raises the bar in the timber harvesting industry in a way that standard training programs do not.  Point-of Harvest Evaluation is critical for providing assurances to consumers and others outside of our industry. It also helps distinguish your company’s good harvesting practices from others, by evaluating not simply on what trainings were attended, which  but by verifying point-of-harvest performance.

ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© demonstrates accountability and high standards across all aspects of a timber harvesting business, from the company’s day-to-day work in the woods to the forest products it sends to market.  In this way, it is easy to recognize that ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© is a cut above typical logger training programs.

 Where can I find out more about Master Logger Certification©?

ALC endorsed Master Logger Certification© programs are currently available in 20 states. Each state with an American Logger’s Council endorsed Master Logger Certification© program will have an approved template used for evaluation of the timber harvesting company during the certification process.  The specific  Master Logger Certification© process may vary slightly based on the organization overseeing the program in each state, however the evaluation based on the 7 areas of Responsibility and third party certification are the same across all American Loggers Council’s endorsed programs.

To contact Master Logger Certification© in your state, visit the American Loggers Council endorsed Master Logger Certification© map page http://americanmasterlogger.com/where-to-find-master-logger-certification/.  You’ll find a map with direct links to current ALC endorsed  Master Logger Certification© programs.  If you need more information or do not see an active program in your state, please contact us amlcoordinator@tcnef.org or call 315-247-4924.

The Logger owned and Logger Controlled Master Logger Certification© program is building in momentum as increasing numbers of high quality logging businesses invest in their reputation and go through the voluntary certification process.  We hope you’ll join with other elite timber harvesters across the US and consider applying for Master Logger Certification©.