Lantra has been working closely with FISA to improve standards in training for the commercial harvesting sector, and has agreed a route for refresher training by Lantra to gain FISA recognition. Lantra instructors who are able demonstrate sound knowledge and experience of commercial forestry will be identified as ‘+F’.
Currently operators involved in ‘commercial harvesting’, require appropriate certificates of competence or regulated qualifications (formerly known as "CS units") such as those provided by Lantra or City & Guilds and, where appropriate must have undertaken a refresher course carried out by a trainer accepted by FISA. In future refresher courses delivered by FISA recognised trainers (FISA Trainers) or Lantra +F instructors will be accepted. FISA trainers will deliver only FISA refresher courses. Lantra +F instructors will deliver Lantra refresher courses, however, those +F instructors who are also recognised FISA trainers will be able to deliver either.
For all other scenarios operators will require appropriate certificates of competence or regulated qualifications (formerly known as "CS units") such as those provided by Lantra or City & Guilds. Refreshers delivered by qualified trainers (not required to be FISA accepted) are sufficient. Examples of other scenarios include contracts for forest management, fencing, arboricultural operations, cleaning and scrub clearance.