DEEP: Continuing Education for Certified Forest Practioners

Continuing Education Program for Connecticut Certified Forest Practitioners

The regulations which govern Connecticut forest practitioner certification require that all certified forest practitioners participate every two year (biennial) period for the life of their certification in a relevant program of professional education to improve or maintain professional forestry skills. The first biennial period begins on the day the individual's certificate is issued. Only educational programs completed within the two-year period in which you are applying for CEU credit will be considered. Any educational programs completed prior to certification may not be considered for CEU credit.

Certified forest practitioners are required to inform the Division of Forestry what approved continuing education programs they have attended in order to meet the required number of CEU's. The Department encourages practitioners to report continuing education programs that they have attended immediately upon their completion. Disclosure is required however, prior to the termination of the two-year period.

Assignment of CEU's to educational programs

Anyone may request that the Division of Forestry consider a specific workshop, meeting, college level credit course, course, seminar, or field session for CEU's. The Division of Forestry encourages the submission of a request to assign CEUís to a program prior to participating in the program. Requests for assignment of CEUís must be received by the Division of Forestry 20 business days prior to program participation to provide ample time for review and response. A request may be made for CEU assignment after the program has taken place, however, the only way to be sure the program will have CEUís assigned is to submit the request prior to participation. Determination by the Division of Forestry of whether or not the educational program submitted is assigned CEU's is based on its relevance to the profession, Connecticutís forests, and the level of certification.

Program sponsors are encouraged to submit the required information to the Division of Forestry prior to advertising the program to the public. The program announcement can then advertise the number of CEU's assigned to the program.

By law the following information must be submitted for review before the Division of Forestry can make a decision whether or not to assign CEU's:

  • Thedate of the program
  • The program title
  • Program agenda
  • Name and title of instructors
  • Sponsoring organization and contact person
  • The number of hours

Normally, this information can be found in the program flyer. Program sponsors should be sure that this information is provided in their request for advanced approval.

CEU's are assigned at the following rates:

  1. One (1) CEU will be assigned for each full three (3) hours of duration of qualifying workshops, meetings, courses, seminars, or field sessions.
  2. Four (4) CEU's will be assigned for each credit hour in a qualifying college level credit course.

Each level of certification has a specified number of CEUís that they must attain to meet the requirements for renewal of certification. They are as follows:

  • Forester - six (6) CEU's every two years for a total of 12 CEUís for the four-year certification period.
  • Supervising Forest Products Harvester- four (4) CEU's every two years for a total of 8 CEUís for the four-year certification period.
  • Forest Products Harvester- three (3) CEU's every two years for a total of 6 CEUís for the four-year certification period.

The Division of Forestry maintains a record of those programs that already have CEU's assigned to them. Practitioners may access this information by contacting the Division at 860-424-3630. Note that the listing is not a complete list of all of the continuing education programs that are available.

Receiving CEU Credit

In order for an individual to receive credit for participation in a program that has been assigned CEU's, sufficient evidence that they have participated must be submitted. This may come in several forms such as, but not limited to, a certificate or a report card. It is the participants' responsibility to secure evidence of participation. Verbal evidence is not acceptable. Evidence of participation must be secured from the course sponsors. Please remember that it is the certified practitioners responsibility to secure and maintain records of proof of attendance!

Simply signing up or paying a registration fee does not entitle an individual to CEUís. Program attendance is required. Program sponsors are expected to note on the evidence of participation form any failure to fully complete the program. When mailing evidence of participation information to the Division, copies should be retained by the participant.

Continuing education courses are not offered year-round and certified forest practitioners are advised not to wait until the deadline is near to start looking for programs. It is the certified practitioner's responsibility to meet the requirements of the regulations within the biennial period.

Your certification is at risk if you fail to obtain the required number of CEU's on time!

Continuing Education Opportunities

List of approved CEU programs currently being offered.

Approved workshops offering CEUís are available from a variety of sources and at locations both within Connecticut and throughout the northeast region. Not all workshops are eligible for Connecticut CEUís. To determine eligibility, contact the Forest Practices Act Staff of the Forestry Division.

The following programs have already been approved for Connecticut CEU's:

CPR, First Aid, EMT and MRT medical training, all levels of the Game of Logging, Basic Logger Rescue, and Advanced Logger Rescue

Many organizations based outside Connecticut offer programs that may be acceptable for continuing education units. For the purposes of circulating information on educational opportunities, these organizations may have their own mailing lists. We suggest that practitionerís contact outside organizations to determine if and how they might be placed on one or more of these mailing lists.

Northeast Loggersí Association, Phone: (315) 369-3078. 
NELA maintains an excellent website that not only highlights their workshops but provides links to a number forest and logging education organizations throughout New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.

Other organizations include:

 
If we donít have your correct address, it is unlikely that you will receive any information regarding CEU opportunities. Remember to advise us of your change of address when you relocate!

CEU Checklist

  1. Check to be sure the program has Connecticut CEUís assigned prior to attendance.
  2. Attend the program.
  3. Secure evidence of participation from the course sponsor before leaving.
  4. Submit the evidence of participation to the Division of Forestry as soon as possible.
  5. Be sure to complete the required number of CEUís prior to the end of the two-year period.

For more information on the Continuing Education Program for Connecticut Certified Forest Practitioners contact:

DEEP, Division of Forestry
79 Elm Street, 6th Floor
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
Phone:
(860) 424-3630
E-mail: 
deep.forestry@ct.gov

Forest Practitioner Certification

Content last updated July 24, 2012