The Centre Forestier de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (www.centre-forestier.org) was created in 1975. Located in the regional park of Luberon, at La Bastide des Jourdans in South-East France, its buildings are entirely wooden made, on a forest of 18ha.
Vocational and educational training in trees, forest and wood fuel domain is its main activity, with many possible courses, both for young people and for adults, through work-based learning, educational and vocational training.
The Centre Forestier provides training for all kind of forestry activities, pruning, use of mechanical instruments (chainsaws, strimmers, and forestry machines) and forestry enterprise management.
These trainings lead to different certifications:
- Secondary school,
- A Level in Management and direction of forest work sites,
- Professional Agricultural Certificate in Forest operations – Loggers,
- Professional Agricultural Certificate in Forest operations – Forest machines operators,
- Professional Diploma - Forest work sites Manager,
- Specialisation Certificate for Tree surgeons.
Furthermore, the Centre Forestier offers different training diplomas adapted to clients’ specific needs (small enterprises and big public organisations at national level, such as the French operator of the public electricity transmission network ENEDIS).
In 2017, 1160 adults and 200 youngsters and apprentices have been trained. The training center employs 45 full-time salaries, 21 of which are forestry trainers for loggers, machine operators and tree surgeons.
At the same time, the Centre Forestier is actively involved and plays a significant role within the development of the professional forest sector. Between 1995 and 2005, its Director, Christian Salvignol, has led the association “Interprofession forêt-bois Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur” of which he is still a member.
Currently, he is the founding President of the network “Association Nationale pour la Formation aux Métiers de la Forêt - ANPFMF”, that gathers together most forestry training centres in France.
At present, he is the Chairman of the regional association PEFC Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, which promotes forest certification for a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM).