COVID-19 and Ark Pro Logger Training

An announcement from ATPA Logger Training Director Arnold Hameister (9/3/2020):

In light of the Coronavirus situation, we have all had to adjust the way we used to perform and accomplish our daily tasks, whether at home or at work. It was ATPA’s hope that Arkansas would be fully open by this time, and that we would have been able to resume the in-person, Continued Logger Education “CLE” and the four core ARK PRO LOGGER module trainings.

Because this has not happened, we are being proactive in making adjustments and planning Covid-19 temporary opportunities for logger training below:

  1. You may receive CLE credit by attending the Arkansas Forestry Association “Virtual Annual Meeting” Sept 29, 2020. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00. You need to pre-register on the link below, make sure you click the CLE box to receive your CLE certificate. 
  2. If you need one of the four core ARK PRO LOGGER modules, you will need to attend both days, September 29 and 30, 2020. The cost for both days is $125.00. Again, you will need to pre-register and make sure you click the CLE box to receive your CLE certificates.

  3. First Aid and CPR training, which is an OSHA requirement, will also be accepted for CLE credit. You will need to take a picture or send me (Arnold Hameister) a copy of your current card, along with your mailing address. I will mail you your certificate for continue education or a safety module. I am working to develop an online training course to be available linked via our webpage ( sometime in January 2021. It will consist of local expert speakers talking on various topics within one of the four modules.As more opportunities become available for training, they will be posted here, on our landing page of our website, as well as behind the training tab. We are hopeful that sometime next year we can once again conduct in-person training in a safe environment. When that happens, I would like to partner with you and schedule a CLE workshop. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

In the meantime, we hope you and yours are well and safe.

On behalf of ATPA,

Arnold Hameister


Director of Logger Education

Arkansas Timber Producers Association

2311 Biscayne Drive

501-224-0016 – office | 501-764-2958 – cell |




This is the website of Arkansas’ award-winning logger training and education initiative and the distinction earned by those logging contractors and crew members that have graduated from the program. Since its inception in 1995, more loggers, landowners and forestry professionals have participated in the Ark Pro Logger program than in any other training program of its kind nationwide.

The Ark Pro Logger training initiative is administered by the Arkansas Timber Producers Association (ATPA) and was developed for loggers by loggers. The program exudes a collective commitment of the region’s timber harvesters to high standards of professionalism and represents a voluntary adherence to rigorous principles of sustainable forestry and natural resource conservation.

Company representatives, consulting foresters, and forest landowners have password-protected access to the online database participants use to confirm and monitor completion of training modules. While graduation from Ark Pro Logger does not constitute a professional endorsement or warranty of an individual or logging firm, it does serve as an industry indicator of a timber harvester’s commitment to this widely upheld training effort.

Additional information and specific requirements of the Ark Pro Logger program can be obtained through this site by selecting the Training menu above, or by contacting ATPA Director of Logger Training, Arnold Hameister toll-free at 1-888-403-2232.