“Welcome to the Forest Industries Training Provider Association (FITPA) which is a professional association for registered vocational skills providers within the South African forestry industry.”

Deon Brits Jr

FITPA Chairman

Membership Benefits


FITPA provides members with a professional platform for engagement on matters common to the forestry training fraternity, as well as a unified and collective voice in lobbying government and industry.

This is seen in the formation of the FICPF as well as FSA recognition of FITPA as the only professional association for training providers within the forest industry.

Other recognition includes FP&M Seta which is itself a member of the association, as is the majority of large grower companies. With the recognition of these industry giants comes increased access to business opportunities in terms of skills development.

Latest News


On page 6 of the previous Newsletter (dated June 2016) we discussed the problem that has developed since the gazetting of the regulations by the Department of Labour (DoL) relating to the “National Code of Practice for the Training Providers of Lifting machine Operators” as contained in Notice R539, dated 24 June 2015. In essence, […]

CMO Conferencing

Planning is well underway for Focus on Forestry 2017, organised by CMO, NMMU and the ICFR. Focus on Forestry will now be presented every second year – alternating between KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga, South Africa. Hosting Focus every second year will allow us to offer you an event that will add more value from South […]

QCTO Course Development

Feedback on the development of forestry qualifications are as follows: The below list is of qualifications which have been forwarded to the QCTO for registration: Supervisor Forman Harvesting Safety Officer Chainsaw qualification The next two qualifications to be developed are: Silviculture machinery Fire Boss

New Minimum Wages for Farm & Forestry Workers W.E.F. 1 March 2017

Details of the new minimum wages for farm and forestry workers which will become effective from 1 March 2017. Given the current formula used to determine mid-cycle new minimum wages, (i.e. CPI excluding owners’ equivalent rent published in December 2016, plus 1%) the new minimum wage will increase by 8% to: R 3 001.13  per […]