Best Management Practices Training, Licensing, & Certification

Loggers and Timber Operators


The West Virginia Division of Forestry provides logging related trainings, as well as licensing and certification for operating your logging business.


Loggers can now do their entire Best Management Practices training online through the WVU Extension portal. The WVDOF is offering this as another avenue for West Virginia’s timber operators to keep up with their certification classes and do them at their convenience. There are several modules available online. As a reminder this does not apply to new Certified Loggers. Also, all loggers certifying through online training MUST take the WV Law and BMP core module and then select any other of the available modules to make their additional 4 credits.
For more information please check out the information at or you can contact Jeremy McGill [email protected] or Dr. Ben Spong [email protected]


Please check our events page for the most up to date training schedule.


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Licensing and Certification

West Virginia State Law requires the holder of a Timber Operator License to be in compliance with other licenses or regulations specified by the State of West Virginia. Additionally, loggers in West Virginia must be certified.

To obtain a West Virginia Business Registration Number, contact the Tax Department at (304) 558-3333 or visit WV Tax Department .

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The West Virginia Division of Forestry is committed to protecting, nurturing, sustaining, and promoting the wise utilization of our state’s forest resources.


Established in 1909, as a declaration of the state government for the need of forest protection and research, the West Virginia Division of Forestry protects and conserves the state’s forest resources.