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CFE for Registered Foresters

Indoor continuing education meeting in classroom setting in Arkansas
Indoor classroom-style Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) workshop. (Image courtesy Caroll Guffey, UACES)

Forestry Continuing Education

  • 1969: State Law enacted that requires anyone calling themselves a forester must be registered with the State Board
  • 1977: The Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters was created. The UA Division of Agriculture has representation on the Board.
  • 1997: The law changed significantly. Continuing Education Hours and an Exam were required.
  • 1997: A continuing education program was created through the Arkansas Forest Resources Center in recognition of the educational and training needs of natural resource professionals in the State. 
  • 2008: The number of continuing education hours is increased to 8 with one of those hours being ethics


The Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters

To protect private forest landowners, the Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters licenses and registers foresters who are qualified, experienced, and maintain their continuing education. Arkansas currently requires a licensed forester to attend eight hours of qualifying continuing forestry education (CFE) each year. At least one of theses hours must deal with forest ethics.

The Board works with the SAF, UA Division of Agriculture,  to design, deliver, facilitate, and administer educational events throughout the State to meet the CFE requirements of Arkansas and neighboring State foresters.

One way to keep track of upcoming events is to read the Board's newsletter.  Find the most recent copy here: 


Registered Forester Workshops

There are currently two Registered Forester workshops offered each year that will fulfill all eight Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) hours required to maintain registration.

In early May the Arkansas Board of Registration for Foresters and the Arkansas Division of the Ouachita Society of American Foresters partner to offer a day long workshop at the C.A. Vines Arkansas 4-H Center in Ferndale.

In early June Cooperative Extension agents with the University of Arkansas' Division of Agriculture from Clark, Nevada, Pike and Calhoun counties and the Arkansas Forest Resources Center partner to put on a day long workshop for foresters at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

Upcoming Opportunities

There are other opportunites to receive CFE's.  Registered foresters can receive credit for attending SAF meetings, workshops, conferences, and other events that have received approval for CFE's.  

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AFRC Bottomland Hardwood Training 

We are glad to announce our 2017 AFRC Hardwood Management Workshop at the UA Pine Tree Research Station near Forrest City, AR, on October 24th and 25th. This year we will be covering artificial establishment of bottomland hardwood stands. We will cover site analysis, artificial regeneration in both old fields and cutover scenarios, addressing soil and competition control concerns for hardwood establishment, early stand development and mixed species considerations. We will have classroom discussions followed by multiple field site visits to discuss our research efforts and findings on these topics. And, most importantly, how this information can be applied in management activities. .

Ouachita Society of American Foresters Meeting Logo

Ouachita Society of American Foresters Annual Meeting

The conference will focus on the past and future of forests in Arkansas and Oklahoma.  The conference will be held December 7th and 8th, 2017, at the Holiday Inn, Springdale, AR.


Forester using a glass prism in Arkansas
Prism cruising workshop. (Image courtesy Caroll Guffey, UACES)


On-line Courses

Attending short courses and workshops can be expensive in terms of time away from the job.  The Southern Regional Extension Forestry (SREF) program, a multi-state program serving Extension programs in Forestry and Wildlife in the Southeast, offers webinars and on-line courses.  The number of CFE credit hours vary but you can receive credit.  Some webinars and courses are fee-based and some are free.

Other Important Resources

Society of American Foresters (SAF)

Society of American Foresters

Forestry and natural resources encompass a vast variety of skills, experiences, and perspectives. This site unifies them with topic-specific sections designed to give you everything you need to to be at the top of your professional game. 

Learn more