New sawmilling course set up in B.C.

1 September 2021

In continued partnership with Interfor, Canfor, West Fraser and Tolko, BCIT has launched a new Associate Certificate Program – the Business of Sawmilling. This new program focuses on educating forest industry workers about essential business skills – helping them grow and advance within their organization and the industry.

The pilot cohort of this program was launched in October 2020 and has already seen early indications of success. There will be 28 more participants from eight companies starting in the next cohort of this program in May 2021.

The new program builds on the success of the Industrial Wood Processing Program (IWP), established in 2016 by BCIT and its forest company partners, and designed to develop current employees and expand their knowledge of all aspects of lumber manufacturing.

The part-time program is delivered mostly online, allowing employees to earn while they learn and apply their new skills on-the-job. Successful graduates of the program receive an Associate Certificate from BCIT upon completing the program. There are now 19 companies across North America that have so far sent more than 280 participants to IWP.

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