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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

NOCTI and Nocti Business Solutions (NBS) | Evaluated Learning Experience

Forest Products and Processing (3037)

Course Category: 
NOCTI and NBS proctored test centers throughout the United States.
September 2009 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Students will be able to: apply knowledge of personal safety practices, including use of PPEs; Evaluate geographic and environmental factors related to safety; demonstrate safe use of forestry equipment and machinery including appropriate hand signals; select correct fire extinguisher for fire type and demonstrate proper use; explain the significance of OSHA as it relates to forestry; define harvesting terminology; inspect and study harvest area; describe correct procedures for operating skidders and loaders, including proper choker setter's technique and dislodging snags; identify the parts of a choker; demonstrate proper techniques for manually felling a tree; determine legal load weight for over-the-road vehicles, including calculating cord volume and securing product for transport; identify tree types using leaves, bark, and buds; identify species representative to geographic area; explain sawmill procedures, processes, and terms; identify various types of saws and their uses; Scale logs, identify log scale, and explain relationship of log volume to lumber volume; identify wood according to species; size and dimension rough-cut lumber and grade dimensional lumber; identify lumber defects, causes, and effects; explain methods of drying lumber; identify the parts and functions of a hydraulic system; inspect, service, and troubleshoot hydraulic systems, including procedures for checking hydraulic leaks; identify engine, hydraulic, and gear oils; explain basic diesel engine operation, including fuel types, and troubleshooting; identify parts of a chain saw; demonstrate safe transportation, use, and operation of chain saws; identify types of chains and explain uses; adjust, sharpen, and identify features of a chain saw; diagnose and troubleshoot chain saw problems; define silviculture and forest management terms; describe the various types of forests and their potential uses; identify methods of timber harvesting based on forest type; explain stand density and stocking; estimate cutting ratio to determine and achieve sustained yield; identify environmental factors important to a forest community; determine tree maturity (biological and economical); identify leaf diseases and their causes; explain how plant genetics alters tree performance; describe formation of forest soils; identify insects detrimental to forests; specify integrated pest management strategies; explain causes of deformed trees; identify firefighting tools and explain principles of forest fire management; define surveying terminology; use maps, GPS, and GIS to locate boundaries and topographical information; identify methods of calculating elevation and slope; identify and use measuring devices; calculate acreage using common forest/surveying measuring techniques; select and use correct timber measuring tools; define common forest measurement units; calculate basal area; determine board feet; apply techniques of timber cruising to determine stand volume; apply techniques of log scaling to determine log volume; identify types of wildlife commonly found in forest habitats; explain animal and human interaction and the impact on forest habitats; identify seasonal food sources; determine population density based on scientific data; define business terms used to successfully operate a forest enterprise; explain characteristics of different types of business ownership; identify strategies, practices, and issues involved in successful forest enterprises. Performance Component: Manually Fell a Tree (15%); Identify Leaf, Bud, and Bark Specimens (11%); Grade Hardwood or Pine Lumber (11%); Scale Hardwood or Pine Logs (11%); Sharpen and Adjust Chain Saw (12%); Calculate Acreage (19%); Plot and Analyze 1/5 Acre (21%).


NOCTI and NBS exams assess individuals' end-of-program knowledge and skills in an online proctored proficiency examination format. In addition, some programs administer a NOCTI/NBS performance component test to assess application of skills.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Forestry Operations and Maintenance (11/13) (11/18 revalidation) (11/23 revalidation). NOTE: An additional 1-2 credits may be awarded based on successful completion of the Performance Component when given in conjunction with the written proficiency examination.