About Tree Markers
Tree markers help ensure the sustainability of Ontario's public and private woodlands by making ‘cut and leave' decisions for individual trees. The trees are evaluated based on their:
- growth, health and product potential
- ability to provide seed
- wildlife benefits
The management objectives for particular woodlands are also considered.
About the course:
The Ontario Tree Marking Course is a 4-day course delivered by Forests Ontario and the Canadian Institute of Forestry covering the forest management systems used in Ontario. It involves field visits and exercises with classroom lectures followed by an optional 1 day of written and field examinations for those that wish to receive a certificate.
- stand analysis
- tree classification
- hardwood tree evaluation and marking
- pine shelterwood marking
- habitat values (e.g., nesting cavities) and biodiversity consideration in hardwood and pine forests
- tree marking prescriptions, which are a series of actions taken to meet forest management objectives
- marking crew organization
- plantation marking
- protecting Indigenous values
To receive a Level 1 tree marking certificate, you must successfully pass a written exam and 3 field exams. After gaining some field experience, you must select and pay a Level 2 tree marker to do an operational field audit on your marking
Level 1 Course: This course is mandatory for all tree markers on Crown land in Ontario. Experience with forestry terminology, tools, species and silvicultural operations would be an asset. This course is a prerequisite for the Level 2 Auditor course.
Level 2 Course: This course is recommended for anyone who is auditing tree marking on Crown land in Ontario.
Refresher Course: Refresher courses are mandatory every 5 years for certified tree markers to maintain active status. You may, however, take a refresher anytime prior to the 5-year expiry date.
• Level 1 course: $2000
• Level 1 exams: $500
• Level 1 field audit fee is set by each Level 2 tree marker independently
• Level 2 course and exams: $1500
• Refresher course: $500
How to Register
To get on the waiting list, register online
Courses are filled on a first come, first served basis.