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Timber Scaler

Timber scalers measure logs or trees to determine volume and quality of wood to be used for manufacturing.


Forest Stewardship and Trade Branch
Government of Alberta
Call: 780-427-6807
Call toll-free (within Alberta): 310-0000


Under Alberta's Forests Act [pdf] and Forests (Ministerial) Regulation [pdf], scalers who provide harvest information to the Government of Alberta must follow procedures set out in the Regulation and hold a valid scaler's permit.

What You Need

In Alberta, there are 2 types of permits for scaling timber and reporting harvested volume:

  • Full permit allows a scaler to use all Alberta-approved methods
  • Modified permit allows a scaler to only use the tree length scaling method

To obtain either permit, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Complete an approved course
  • Pass an exam

The course for the full scaler’s permit is about 40 hours in length (at least 30 hours in class and 10 hours in the field).

The course for the modified scaler’s permit is 1 day in length and only offered as needed.

Scalers must recertify every 5 years. For official, detailed information about certification requirements, see the Alberta Scaling Permitting Program.

Working in Alberta

Timber scalers who are certified by and in good standing with a regulatory body elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for certification in Alberta. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory in Canada? and the Government of Alberta website.

The certification information in this profile may change at any time and without notice. Before making any career decisions, we advise you to contact the regulatory organization or visit their website for the most updated information.

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