Topic outline

This course covers the general aspects of sampling in forest inventories and aims to introduce the basic concepts and characteristics of a sampling study, as well as provide an overview of the most important components of a national forest inventory (NFI).


This course is primarily intended for people who are involved in NFIs but can be taken by anyone with an interest in the subject. Specifically, this course targets:

  • Forestry technicians
  • National forest monitoring teams
  • Foresters and forestry students
  • Youth and new generations of foresters

  • The importance of sampling.
  • Basic concepts of sampling.
  • Sampling design, plot design and estimation design.
  • Design elements of a sampling study.

The course consists of 3 lessons, of approximately 30 mins duration each:

  • Lesson 1 - About sampling
  • Lesson 2 - Design elements of a sampling study
  • Lesson 3 - Estimation design

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This series offers certification. You will get your digital badge upon passing a final exam, that comprises questions based on the content of all eight courses of the series, with a score of at least 75%. Please click on the button below to start the exam, or refer to our Certification section to learn more.

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