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Forest Training

This Section is responsible for the following:

  • Preparation and implementation of the Forestry Training elements of the National Development Plan 2007-2013
  • Administration of the Forestry Training programme. This involves liasing with the various organisations involved in forestry training and administering grants for training projects.

Projects currently receiving funding from the Forest Service include:


Forestry advisory, promotional and training services are provided to the farm forestry sector by Teagasc in conjunction with the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. It also offers 1-2 year FETAC certified courses, which are aimed at people wishing to make a career in forestry. Further information is available at

Forestry Training and Education Ireland (FTEI)

FTEI administers and manages the national approved forestry skills training programme, primarily aimed at those already involved in the forestry sector. The training courses are provided by private training organisations, following tender competitions issued FTEI. Further information is available at

Native Woodland Scheme

The Native Woodland Scheme training course is targeted at training those directly involved in working with the scheme, including foresters, ecologists, landowners, Forest Service personnel, National Parks & Wildlife Service, Coillte, Teagasc etc. It offers a basic introduction by experts to Native Woodland ecology and management. The courses are run as part of the joint Forest Service/ Woodlands of Ireland Programme. Further information is available at

Landscape Design Courses

The Landscape Design Courses covers the concept of landscape and its importance, character, sensitivity and distinctiveness. It also examines the role forests play in the Irish landscape of today and how to manage the change that afforestation and forest management bring. The course, which represents a useful opportunity to present the Sustainable Forest Management message, is run as part of the joint Forest Service/Tree Council of Ireland programme. Further information is available at

For further information contact

Mr. Richard Gregg
Promotion and Training Unit
Forest Service
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Johnstown Castle Estate

Tel: 053-9160178