About the Oregon Professional Logger Program (OPL)
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc (AOL)… Serving Logging Operators Across Oregon
What is the Oregon Professional Logger Program? Continuing education for
The Oregon Professional Logger program (OPL) is a voluntary professional standard
that certifies logging operator companies for their continuing education in forest
practices, safety, business and sustainable forestry. OPL is the ‘Certified Logging
Professional’ training program recognized by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(SFI)
in Oregon. The OPL is a professional standard, designed by loggers for loggers.
Who is an OPL-certified logging operator? Harvest-related company listed
in OPL Directory
An OPL-certified logging operator is a harvest-related company that has fulfilled
OPL standards to enroll, complete & maintain credits in continuing education. Operator
companies (loggers, road builders, cutters, log truckers, and other allied timber
harvest contractors) are listed in the online OPL Directory [link to Oregon Pro-Logger
How does a company get started? Enroll first
Contact AOL to enroll within 60-days of attending qualified training, before receiving
OPL credit. OPL enrollment requires that a company either join as an AOL member
or become an OPL Subscriber (fee required). AOL keeps a credit record for each OPL
To begin OPL, how many classes are needed? 32 credit-hours total, “Initial
A company first must complete the required initial 32-credit-hours of continuing
education to receive OPL status—including the Basic Forest Practices Workshop (6
OPL-Forest Practices credits), and the SFT video-based employee training module.
One hour of education equals one OPL credit.
To maintain OPL, how many classes are needed? 10 credit-hours per year,
After completing Initial OPL credit-hours, OPL company must annually complete at
least 10-credits of maintenance per calendar year—including 3 OPL-Forest Practices
credits, and the SFT video-based employee training module. Completion of annual
maintenance credit qualifies that company to hold its OPL certification for the
entire next calendar year.
What types of credit? What is OPL-Forest Practices credit? OPL-FP or OPL-General
There are two types of OPL credit: OPL-Forest Practices credit (either Oregon Forest
Practices Rules or fire prevention regulations); or OPL-General credits (any topic
applicable to a company)
Can any forestry class qualify for OPL-Forest Practices credit? Only ODF-endorsed
OPL-Forest Practices (FP) credit content must be about either Oregon forestry or
fire regulation. Program must be instructed, involved or endorsed by Oregon Dept.
of Forestry, Fire Protection Assoc., authorized OPL Self-Test, or SFT employee training.
employee training required? Yes. SFT-Video Employee Training
Each OPL company must annually verify that each field employee has completed the
SFT employee training module (Sustainable Forestry Training for Logging Operators)
once, as a minimum, during their employment for the company.
What are the ways to receive OPL credit? Five ways to get credit
1)training/class/conference/program; 2)tour/field program; 3)consultation with training
pro; 4)independent study—formal self-study; or 5)SFT employee training
Where does a logging operator find classes? From any training provider or
An OPL company must find & attend training appropriate for their business—offered
by any training provider or agency. Loggers tailor their own training program to
suit their company’s continuing education needs. AOL periodically provides some
will a company receive OPL credit? Send written proof to AOL
An enrolled OPL company must forward written proof of training completion to AOL
in order to receive OPL credit. Proof can be a training agenda, certificate, punch
card, sign-in sheet, letter or other copy [AOL provides forms]. Verify current OPL
credit status by contacting AOL.
When does OPL certification expire? 4 ways to lose OPL status
An OPL company becomes delinquent when any one of the following: a)annual enrollment
dues/fee unpaid; b)prior-year annual credit insufficient; c)sanctioned for unprofessional
conduct; or d)resignation. Delinquent companies will be removed from the OPL Directory.
participate in OPL; How does a logger benefit? To be a qualified contractor
Continuing education helps operators keep pace by acquiring skills needed to succeed
in business. OPL sets a professional standard, which also qualifies a company to
contract with Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified landowners & mills.
The American Tree Farm System (ATFS) encourages use of certified loggers. OPL loggers
are also Master Logger Certified (MLC), under American Loggers Council.
Who makes OPL rules? OPL governed by loggers, for loggers. Participation
The OPL Standards Handbook is administered by AOL under guidance from Oregon loggers.
Program is overseen by AOL’s Board of Directors, Officers and OPL Committee. Participation
in OPL certification is voluntary.
does the OPL define professionalism? OPL Conduct Code
The professional activities of a certified OPL operator are inspired and guided
by an ‘OPL Professional Conduct Code,’ which is included in the OPL Standards Handbook.
Where can an operator get more information about OPL standards? Contact
AOL members, or OPL Subscribers, may request a printed OPL Standards Handbook by
contacting the AOL office. The Handbook details specific enrollment, qualifications,
requirements, sanctions, records, and professional conduct for OPL companies.