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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Continuing education events offered by Extension Forestry at NC State University are intended for working professionals in forestry, soils, landscape architecture, wildlife biology, water quality, forest hydrology, arboriculture, and any other vocation relating to forest ecosystems (managed or natural). Many of these events include continuing education contact hours or CEU from various accrediting organizations. Details and registration information for these events are posted on the Extension Forestry event calendar.

Earning credits from home!

NC State Extension Forestry has partnered with Southern Regional Extension Forestry, to bring you a webinar portal providing links to forestry, natural resource and conservation related education and information. You can subscribe to learn about upcoming webinars on topics that interest you, as well as watch archived webinars at any time. Be sure to check it out today at

 NC Registered Forester Exam Prep

This self-directed, online study guide provides resources to prepare for the North Carolina Registered Forester Exam (Level 1 or Level 2). The study guide is organized by topic areas that may appear on the North Carolin Registered Foresters Exams conducted by the NC Board of Registration for Foresters. The topic areas in the guide include:

  • dendrology, physiology, nutrition, reproduction and genetics
  • forest ecology, wildlife and ecosystems
  • forest economics, taxes and wood valuation
  • forest health, pests, pathogens
  • general forestry knowledge
  • history, law, policy, and social issues
  • measurements, mensuration, statistics and remote sensing
  • silviculture, soils, hydrology, BMP, RxFire
  • wood anatomy and products

At the end of the study guide you will find useful references, practice questions and the answers to the practice questions. The study guide consists of readings, videos, slide presentations and other supporting resources. It is recommended that a minimum study time for either of the exams be not less than 3 weeks prior to the next scheduled exam. Exam dates are announced on the website for the NC Board of Registration for Foresters. The guide is available year round.

Reviewing the study guide and completing the practice questions does not ensure a passing grade by those who take the exam. It is recommended that you visit the NC Board of Registration for Foresters(opens in new window) to be sure that you understand the application process and all NC Registered Forester requirements. Please note that the study guide materials do not originate from, nor are they endorsed by, the NC Board of Registration for Foresters.

Who is the guide for, what technology is needed to access the guide and how much does it cost?

  • Audience: This study guide was created for persons who qualify to sit for the State of North Carolina registered forester exam as administered by the NC Board of Registration for Foresters.
  • Technology and Delivery: Access to the study guide is via Moodle, NC State University learning management system, which is compatible with all Internet browsers when using a PC or MAC (not recommended for mobile devices). In total, you will have access to over 100 publications and learning sites which allow you to do additional study, work problems, and test your knowledge in preparation for the state exam. The course material will be available for the course period that you registered.
  • Registration and Fees: Online registration is available beginning January 1. The course fee is $125, payable by credit card through the NC State University REPORTER  system. The course material will be available for the course period that you registered.