Training and Qualified Contractors

Overview of VRI photo interpretation training and certification

Certification training methods have changed due to:

  • advances in technology
  • significant time demands on a limited number of specialists
  • the need to increase program capacity in a timely fashion

The Program is developing an online web-based tutorial that will cover VRI Phase 1 fundamentals. It's designed to be administered by an independent contractor or technical school. The exact timelines for review and roll-out haven't been determined.

New trainees will:

  • Complete this tutorial and at least 10 maps over a minimum two-year period
  • Work under the supervision of a certified VRI Phase 1 Photo Interpreter before taking the certification exam
  • Work on a variety of map sheets across more than one project and/or area of the province

Note: The Program recognizes the current backlog of active trainee interpreters waiting to take the VRI certification exam. They will become certified once they have passed an updated exam.

 

Qualified Contractors

Information for contractors:

  • Read “Overview” to gain a quick overview and understanding of what VRI is and how it will be implemented. Contractors who have received certification through training programs approved by the Government will conduct ground sampling and photo interpretation.
  • See the most recent changes with respect to certification of VRI and NVAF Ground Samplers in a letter (PDF) from the Manager of Forest Inventory Program

Companies

The VRI photo interpretation company listings provides information to help locate photo interpreters and companies for VRI photo interpretation projects. It includes companies that have engaged in VRI photo interpretation projects in the last 10 years AND employ one or more “certified” photo interpreters. Note: We do not guarantee the accuracy of the list. Please notify the contact if any errors or omissions are noted.

The VRI ground sampling company listings helps locate field crews for sampling activities. It includes companies or individuals that employ one or more “certified” or “partially certified” field sampling crew(s). Note: We do not guarantee the accuracy of the list. Please notify the contact if any errors or omissions are noted.

 

VRI Photo Interpretation Renewal

Effective 2010 the required certification renewal period will be extended from five to seven years.  Thus certification will be valid for 7 years:

Certification renewal requirements are:

  • Submission of an experience update worksheet that includes:
    Successful completion of delineation and attribution of a minimum of five full VRI maps or FME (Full Map Equivalent)1, and/or
     
  • Successful completion of the quality assurance or quality control on a minimum of one VRI Phase 1 project
     
  • Mandatory attendance, once every 5 years, at a Ministry organized VRI Photo Interpretation workshop, to be held every second year. Please contact the VRI Photo Interpretation Training Coordinator for more information.

 

Certification renewal after certification expiry is subject to any of the following two options:

  • (1) Submission of an experience update worksheet that includes:
    Delineation and attribution of a minimum of 2 full VRI maps (FME) during the year of certification renewal request.  This work is to be accompanied by the names of the certified interpreters responsible for quality control of their work1; or 
  • (2) Successful completion of the VRI Phase 1 certification exam offered on an as needed basis*.

*tbd by Ministry

 

Ground sampler certification requirements

Samplers must have active status to be eligible to bid on contracts.


Effective December 1, 2012, all certified VRI Phase II samplers will be assigned an “active” or “inactive” certification status based on the following criteria.

Active status (certification valid for seven years): Successful establishment of a minimum of five ground samples (timber or ecology, as applicable) within the previous seven years.

Inactive status: Samplers who have not successfully established five VRI ground samples within the previous seven years will have their certification status changed to “inactive.”

Certification reactivation after certification expiry is subject to the following:

The candidate must pass an NVAF Certification Challenge Exam.

  • Inactive status: Samplers who have not successfully completed 20 NVAF trees within the previous seven years will have their certification status changed to “inactive.”

Effective December 1, 2012, all certified NVAF samplers will be assigned an “active” or “inactive” certification status based on the following criteria.

Active status: (certification valid for seven years): Successful completion of a minimum of 20 trees within the previous seven years.

Certification reactivation after certification expiry is subject to the following:

The candidate must pass a VRI Ground Sampling Challenge Exam.