Mississippi Professional Logging Manager Program
The Mississippi Logger Education Council (MLEC) drafted a proposed curriculum to meet the needs of the Mississippi logging community as well as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) goals in 1996. The State Implementation Committee (SIC), which is responsible for SFI compliance within Mississippi, accepted this curriculum. Mississippi State University Extension Service agreed to coordinate the training of loggers, with the cooperation of MLEC and the participating forest products companies.
The basic curriculum is composed of four different classes or modules. The first, Introduction to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (Intro), outlines the SFI program developed by the AF&PA. The second, Best Management Practices (BMPs), provides an overview of Mississippi's efforts to address non-point source pollution resulting from forestry practices. The third, Logging and Transportation Safety (Safety), provides information on Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines for logging. Finally, Business Management outlines several different strategies that a logging business can implement to make the business more efficient, profitable, and legal.
Completion of the basic curriculum illustrates the good faith effort of Mississippi's logging contractors to adhere to the Sustainable Forestry principles set forth by the SFI Inc. More importantly, Mississippi's loggers were under-served in terms of outreach and educational opportunities in the past. Expanding the current program to include a continuing education effort offers an opportunity to provide both outreach and educational opportunities on a continuing basis, thereby ensuring that Mississippi's professional loggers will continue to strive for environmental, economic and social sustainability.
The focus of the Mississippi Professional Logging Manager program is to provide educational opportunities for Mississippi's loggers. The program will provide useful and timely information to support the advancement and professionalism of Mississippi's loggers.
Continuing Education within the SFI Framework
To maintain a logger's qualified status he must earn 12 hours of continuing education credits every two years. There are two ways to earn continuing education credits.
Category 1 - minimum 6 hours
These are formal educational opportunities directly related to logging and forest operations, forestry, business, and safety. Each contact hour of course work will earn one hour of continuing education credit. Examples of classes are (but are not limited to):
- MSU PLM programs
- Continuing Logger Education (CLE) programs offered in other states
- MSU Extension Forestry programs
- Any course or program with Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours*
- Forestry educational programs offered by public or private entities*
- Other formal safety, environmental, or professional training programs*
- Adult Education programs offered by Community Colleges, Universities or other educational institutions*
- Technical Presentations or Published Technical Articles*
- Attending presentations at a Mississippi Loggers Association (MLA), Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA), County Forestry Association (CFA), Forest Resources Association (FRA), or similar meetings**
These credits are earned for participation in professional organizations, self-improvement and community awareness. One credit is earned for every two hours of participation. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
- Participation in MLA, MFA, CFA business meetings (without a formal presentation)
- Non-Category I classes taken in pursuit of a degree (i.e. GED, BS, MS, and Ph.D.)*
- Attendance at professional events (i.e. logging shows, forestry field days, Log-a-Load for Kids)
- Leadership roles in professional or community service organizations at the local, state, or national level*
- 1 credit for MLA membership
- 1 credit for MFA/CFA membership
* To be submitted to Mississippi PLM Coordinator for credit determination. Credit hours will be assigned for each event/position based on the above guidelines for Category I and Category II.
** Some of these organizations charge a registration fee for meetings, others do not. Please see the last page for information about these organizations.
Each participant should maintain a record of the continuing education programs that they have attended. Documentation can include certificates of participation, program outlines or syllabus and some form of attendance documentation such as the CLE credit for that is attached.
In addition, a Continuing Education log form is also available. Each program participant should complete and return this form to ensure that continuing education credits have been awarded appropriately. Approximately 5% of these forms will be audited to ensure that participants are following the intent of the continuing education program as set forth by the SFI Implementation Committee.
Participants in programs with CFE credit already assigned will be given the same number of credits for the purposes of Continuing Education for Loggers. CFE or CLE Credits assigned by another state will be honored. Programs that do not have Continuing credits assigned should be sent to the PLM Program Coordinator for evaluation. Credits will be assigned based on the above guidelines for Category I and Category II.
Failure to Maintain Qualified Status
If a participant does not maintain his hours he will be deleted from the database when he is two cycles behind. A person removed from the database will have to retake all 4 core classes to regain qualified status. Qualification follows the individual. No one can take classes for a participant. If a company does not have at least one qualified individual, that company will not be allowed to deliver wood to SFI Certified Forest Products Companies.
- The company I deliver to wants me to attend a training program they are conducting. Can I receive credit?
Yes, but it is best if the company contacts the PLM office ahead of time so you know exactly how many credits the program will be worth. Chances are you are not the only person who needs credit!
- Do I have to have 6 Category I credits and 6 Category II credits?
No. You can have all 12 credits in Category I and meet the intent of the policy.
- Do credits carry over to the next qualification period?
No. All credits earned during one qualification period expire at the end of that period.