Professional Logger's Brief
A list of OPL-certified logging operator companies (loggers, road builders, cutters,
log truckers, and other allied timber harvest contractors) is found in the
Across Oregon, logging operators participate in the Oregon Professional Logger program
(OPL) to keep their business competitive in today’s forest industry. The OPL program
is a voluntary professional standard that certifies logging & forest operator companies
(contractors) for their continuing education and adherence to professionalism.
This page describes the details about what is the Oregon Professional Logger Program—a
voluntary professional standard, designed by loggers for loggers. OPL is a qualified
logger training program, which is recognized and by certified forest managers and
manufacturers across Oregon, including the Sustainable Forestry Initiative?(SFI)
and American Tree Farm System (ATFS).
The written standards and rules for the OPL program are specified in the current
edition of the OPL Standards Handbook.
Forest Practices Education
There are two types of OPL credit: OPL-Forest Practices credit (FP) or OPL-General
credits (any topic applicable to a company). OPL-FP credit content must be about
either Oregon forestry or fire regulation. Program must be instructed, involved
or endorsed by Oregon Dept. of Forestry, Fire Protection Assoc., authorized OPL
Self-Test, or SFT employee training.
AOL publishes monthly the Oregon “Forest Practices Training Calendar,” listing planned
OPL-Forest Practices seminars (published only during fall-winter spring).
This class schedule lists only a few of the training programs & conferences, which
AOL has identified for such sources as Oregon-OSHA and Oregon-BOLI. Statewide, there
are hundreds of educational programs—applicable to forest operators—offered by many
training providers, which could qualify for OPL credit.
AOL publishes monthly the “OPL Review,” offering current news and useful information
about education or forest certification for Oregon Professional Logger Program (OPL)