MISSION: The purpose of the Vermont LEAP program is to promote a professional approach to logging by providing the knowledge necessary for loggers to work safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally conscientious manner while harvesting timber in Vermont.

Logger Education to Advance Professionalism (LEAP)

What it Means: There are a number of reasons to be certifed through the LEAP Program;
selling wood to Mills that require certification to professional advancement to recognition
by landowners. What ever the reason, the LEAP Program is currently the only recognized
Logger Education organization in the State of Vermont.

Cost to become a LEAP Logger:
• There is a one-time Registration Fee of $300, $250 for members of the Vermont Forest Products Association.
• After the registration fee is paid, the only cost is the day fee for the workshop(s) of choice.
These fees generally range from No Cost to $125 depending on the topic, instructor and
material costs.

How it Works:

Step 1. Provisional LEAP Certification
Provisional LEAP Certification
is for loggers new to logger education. To receive this level of certification a logger must pay a one-time registration fee of $300 and complete 24 hours (three days) of instruction in the Primary Curriculum. The Primary Curriculum workshops are:

Managing and Using Forest Ecosystems*
Professionalism in Forestry*
Equipment Handling and Safety*

These workshops are offered every other year. Loggers interested in joining the LEAP program in a year when provisional courses are not offered should contact the LEAP Coordinator for more information.

*Individual workshop fees are in addition to the one-time $300 registration fee.


:: Download Curriculum Guide (Revised: December 2006)