Knowledge obtained by individuals during their formal forestry
education provides the foundation for a lifelong process of knowledge
and learning. With the rapid development of technology and the
ongoing growth of the science of forestry, it is essential for
foresters to keep their knowledge current. Continuing education
helps in meeting this need.
Section 89B-11(b) of the authorizing legislation states The
Board shall require registered foresters to attend continuing
education courses approved by the Board, not to exceed 12 hours
per year as a condition of renewal.
Administrative Rules adopted by the Board and approved by the
(a) All registered foresters shall attend continuing education courses annually to maintain their registration. Ten CFE (Continuing Forestry Education) credits approved by the Society of American Foresters are required each year, except as outlined in this Rule. CFE's must be SAF category 1, 2, or 3, with at least six being from category 1.
(b) Registered foresters shall verify CFE compliance to the Board with each annual renewal.
(c) Those registered foresters who provide information to the Board that verifies that they are retired from a career in forestry may qualify to continue their registration by earning a minimum of three category 1, 2, or 3 CFE's annually.
(d) The Board shall approve hardship cases, such as military deployment, extended illness or other circumstances that prevent the Registered Forester from obtaining the required CFE's upon request.
A Continuing Forestry Education Personal Activity Record must
be submitted with annual renewal of forester registration. Also,
copies of the Category 1 CFE Contact Notices for each course must
be submitted with the renewal. A Personal Activity Record will
be mailed with each renewal notice or one can be down loaded from
this web site.
Guidelines for Granting Waivers for Continuing Education Requirements - Approved 12/13/2011
The NC Board of Registration for Foresters has the authority, under
NC Administrative Code, to waive continuing education requirements in certain circumstances.
The Board shall waive the annual continuing education requirements for hardship cases, such as
military deployment, extended illness or other circumstances that prevent the Registered Forester
from obtaining the required CFE's [21 NCAC 20 .0123]. All requests must be in writing and addressed
to the Board. The RF must describe the reason(s) for not obtaining the required educational credits.
When reviewing requests not related to military deployment or extended illness, the Board will base
its decision on the circumstances that "prevent" the RF from obtaining the required educational credits.
Continuing Education Categories
The Board has adopted the Society of American Foresters' (SAF)
continuing education categories to meet the requirements of our
legislation. The SAF’s Continuing Forestry Education Program
is explained on their web site: http://www.safnet.org/education/.
North Carolina recognizes only category 1, 2, and 3 CFE credits
toward meeting our continuing education requirements with at least
6 CFEs needing to be in category 1. SAF categories can be viewed
The SAF has CFE Coordinators across the country that evaluate
courses, sessions, activities, etc. and determine whether they
meet the SAF criteria for Category 1 CFE ‘s and the number
of credits for each.
Send detailed course agenda to:
Ed Pomeroy, NC SAF Division CFE Coordinator
1085 W Core Road
Dunn, NC 28334
Phone: 919 218 0623
Fax: (404) 654-1195
Emailed electronic requests are preferred over mailed or faxed requests.
A list of other CFE Coordinators can be found on the SAF webpage: http://www.safnet.org/education/ Organizations,
Companies, Agencies, Groups, Etc. are encouraged to submit scheduled
forestry sessions to their State Coordinator for a CFE determination
and provide CFE forms to attendees at the session.
Sources of Continuing Forestry Education Courses
Appalachian Society of American Foresters Annual Winter Meeting,
Eight excellent conference presentations….
- Carbon Credit Audits
- Regional Biomass Energy Overview
- Biotechnology Solutions & Value-added Opportunities
- Plantation Spacing for Maximum Value
- Forest Land Conversion
- Fuels from the Forest
- Harvesting Technologies and Systems
- Emerging Computer Technologies and Solutions
For more information ... http://www.apsaf.org/
The Southern Forestry & Natural Resources Webinar Portal http://www.forestrywebinars.net/ is a service of the Southern Regional Extension Forestry Office, North Carolina State University's Extension Forest Resources, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and other participating land-grant universities in the South. This portal will serve as a launching point for current and archived natural resource webinars. This site will also host information on upcoming webinars and webinars from other organizations that are relevant. Be sure to check out this site for all your webinar needs.
North Carolina - Director, Forestry Educational Outreach Program,
NCSU Box 8003, Raleigh, NC 27695-8003, phone: (919) 515-3184, fax
N.C. Division of Forest Resources - A list of Division training
sessions is available to non-DFR foresters on the Division's web
page at http://www.dfr.state.nc.us
Forest Landowners Association - Stephen Whitfield, North Carolina
Coordinator, PO Box 31024, Raleigh, NC 27622, phone (919) 787-1220,
N.C. Forestry Association - Roger Pyle, 1600 Glenwood Avenue; Raleigh, NC 27608 1-877-4PROLGR (877-477-6547)
NC. Chapter of the Association of Consulting Foresters, Allen
Plaster, President, PO Box 18742, Raleigh, NC 27619, phone (919)
Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth
Sciences - Courses for Working Professionals http://www.env.duke.edu/edprograms/prof-courses.html
South Carolina - Susan T. Guynn, Extension Associate
School of Agriculture, Forest and Environmental Sciencesbr
272 Lehotsky Hall, Clemson, SC 29634-0317
(864) 656-0606 (864) 656-4786 FAX
email: SGUYNN@clemson.edu homepage: http://www.clemson.edu/extfor
Virginia - David Waterman, Assistant Director for Program Development
Division of Continuing Education, Virginia Tech
820 University City Blvd., Mail Code 0364, Blacksburg, BA 24061,
phone: (540) 231-5486, fax: (540) 231-9886 email: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage: http://www.conted.vt.edu/forestry/index.htm
Georgia - Susan King, The University of Georgia Center for Continuing
Education and Warnell School of Forest Resources, Athens, GA 30602
Send mail to: Georgia Center for Continuing Education, phone (706) 542-6640,
fax: (706) 542-6465 email: Susan_King@gactr.uga.edu
Tennessee - Wayne Clatterbuck, Department of Forestry, Wildlife
University of Tennessee, PO Box 1071, Knoxville, TN 37901-1071
phone: (423) 974-7126, fax (423) 974-4714
email: email@example.com homepage:
No active site maintained - forestry school site is: http://fwf.ag.utk.edu/
Society of American Foresters Education Calendar: Continuing Education
Alabama - Chris Issacson, Preceda Education & Training
PO Box 370, Wetumpa, AL 36092
Phone: (334)514-3000, fax (334) 514-3011
email: firstname.lastname@example.org, homepage: http://www.preceda.com
Preceda is a private firm currently contracting with Auburn University to conduct
courses in Alabama. This firm also performs continuing education programs around
the south, including North Carolina, in an unaffiliated fashion.
Arkansas - Frank Roth, Southwest Research & Education Center
Hope, AR 71801
phone: (870) 777-9702, Ext. 106, fax: (870) 777-8441
email:email@example.com homepage: No forestry
calendar is maintained, the forestry school web address is http://www.afrc.uamont.edu/sfr/index.htm
Kentucky - Jeffrey Stringer, Hardwood Silviculturist, Department
of Forestry, University of Kentucky,
205 Thomas P. Cooper Bldg., Lexington, KY 40546-0073
phone: (859) 257-5994, (859) 323-1031
email: firstname.lastname@example.org homepage:
No official forestry calendar- forestry school site is http://www.uky.edu/Agriculture/Forestry/forestry.html