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Training, Licensing, & Certification - WV Division of Forestry

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 in West Virginia must be certified according to state law. Certified loggers are responsible for safely and responsibly harvesting lumber without causing damage to water supplies or forest vitality. Logger training and workshops for topics such as Chainsaw Trainings and BMP Trainings are available through the West Virginia Division of Forestry. For a list of training and workshop schedules, see below:

Schedule For Tree Felling Safety and Personal Safety Equipment Workshops
Schedule For Recertification Training Workshops
Schedule For Best Management Practices for Loggers Workshops


Want to apply to host a training for WV Certified Logger Credits?

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 .

Complete licensing and certification forms:

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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.