Southeastern Technical College

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Vidalia Campus
Library: Room 143, Administration Building, 912-538-3132
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Swainsboro Campus
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Leah Dasher
Director of Library Services
Vidalia Campus
Swainsboro Campus
(912) 538-3186

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Vidalia Campus

Kaye Wickstrom
Assistant Librarian, Evening
Swainsboro Campus
(478) 289-2322


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Forest Technician Assistant

Offered at the Following Campus

Program Overview

The Forest Technician Assistant technical certificate of credit provides skills necessary for program completers to obtain entry-level employment in the area of forestry. Topics include safety, dendrology, product identification and utilization, surveying and mapping, and forest measurements.

The standard curriculum for the Forest Technician Assistant certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program in any semester term. The program may be completed in 1-2 semesters. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 14 credit hours.

Entrance Requirements

  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Course Overview

Contact Minutes
Credit Hours
Curriculum Outline (14 hours)
General Core Courses (14 hours)
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Introduces the fundamentals of forestry and natural resources. Topics include history of forestry, importance of forestry, forest safety, harvesting equipment, and natural resource careers.
(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Provides the basis for a fundamental understanding of the taxonomy and identification of trees and shrubs. Topics include tree and shrub classification, tree and shrub identification, tree and shrub structure identification, and leaf structure identification.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) (Co-requisite: MATH 1012 - Foundations of Mathematics) Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of land surveying and mapping and the use of surveying and mapping instruments. Topics include surveying and mapping equipment, surveying, surveying and mapping methods, deed search and tract location.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) (Co-requisite: MATH 1012) Emphasizes identification of primary and secondary forest products and their manufacturing processes and uses and fixed plot method of statistical sampling. Introduces the fundamental principles and practices of timber cruising. Topics include history of forest products manufacturing, raw forest resource identification, importance of forest measurements, forest measurement tools and equipment, forest measurement methods, and cruising and scaling methods.