Logging is a profession that requires broad knowledge in a variety of subjects.  A successful logger must be a businessman, mechanic, environmental expert, logistics planner, safety technician, weatherman, financial planner, and above all, an optimist. 

The Professional Logging Manager (PLM) course was developed by educators at Auburn University to help loggers address many of the problems that they will likely encounter in the day-to-day operation of their business.

The Professional Logging Manager Initial Course is a two day class (8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) that covers topics that the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) requires for certification of professional timber harvesters:

Day 1–Forest Resource Conservation.  This training includes an overview of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and a discussion of the proper conduct of a professional timber harvester from both economic and environmental perspectives.  Topics may include endangered species, water quality, forest management principles, biodiversity, timber harvest planning, and Best Management Practices.

Day 2–Logging Safety and Compliance.  Presentations include general safety concerns and principles as well as business regulations, record-keeping, business management tools, and logging costs analysis.

Initial Training is required to hold the PLM verification in Alabama.

The Initial Training course is NOT allowed as continuing education credit.

Loggers who successfully complete the initial PLM course must complete six hours of eligible continuing education hours each year to stay current.  Courses are offered throughout the state and hours must be completed by DECEMBER 31 each year.

Click on the tabs for registration forms for course are check the “Calendar of Events Tab” to find a date and time for courses in your area.

Visit the Alabama Forestry Association website for further information.

To find a PLM logger in your area, click HERE. 

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