How to Become a Logging Foreman

The logging foreman is in charge of a crew responsible for cutting trees for delivery to saw mills. The logging foreman receives instructions from the logging supervisor and is responsible for planning, hauling and loading the raw timber and getting the correct number and type of logs to the mill. Learning how to become a logging foreman requires education and experience in the logging industry.


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    Obtain a forestry management degree at a local 2- or 4-year college.
    • Classes in biology, business administration, environmental compliance, endangered species, reforestation, wetlands and logging safety practices should be part of the curriculum.
    • Some colleges may offer accelerated online courses.
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    Gain experience in many different crew capacities.
    • Most logging companies require 2 or more years experience in the logging industry.
    • Being a logging foreman requires on-the-job experience in as many crew positions as possible in order to direct the loggers in day-to-day operations.
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    Become familiar with a variety of logging equipment.
    • In order to be a logging foreman, you must be able to operate the heavy machinery used in the logging industry. There may be times when the foreman has to operate the machinery if the regular operator is not available.
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    Request to shadow a logging foreman or supervisor.
    • Many companies will allow crew members to mentor with current foremen and supervisors if the crew member expresses an interest in becoming a logging foreman.
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    Obtain a first aid certificate.
    • Contact your local American Red Cross chapter or fire department to learn if they offer first aid certification.


  • It is important to realize that the logging industry strives for ecological balance. Therefore, the logging foreman must understand the importance of cultivating timber without damaging the local ecosystem.
  • Some areas may require that logging foreman have a chemical application license. Check with your local state forestry agency to see if this is required in your area.
  • Logging is an international industry. Therefore, logging foremen have the opportunity to work in countries around the world. Before applying as a foreman in other countries, be sure to check the rules and regulations for working in foreign countries to be sure you meet the qualifications.


  • Working in the logging industry can be physically demanding. Loggers are exposed to the elements daily and are required to lift and carry heavy logs, branches and equipment. Therefore, it is important that anyone who wants to become a logging foreman be in top physical condition.
  • Logging can be a dangerous line of work. Therefore, it is crucial that safety procedures be developed and followed closely. Logging accidents due to failure to follow safety regulations have resulted in severe injury and even death.

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