Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Rigging Research

I thought it might be useful to have a link to a copy of the HSE Rigging Research on this blog. It was published last year after extensive International research.
Many questions about rigging equipment and techniques have been answered and many more questions will also arise when you read this impressive document. It is a must if you can get your head around the numbers!

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Pruning and Dismantling courses in Ireland

Visit the online training calender for future dates of pruning and dismantling courses in Ireland.
The next available places are on the March course, but are disappearing fast!
The pruning element of the course covers:

Crown reduction
Crown thinnning
Crown lifting

The dismantling element covers:
Modern and traditional rigging methods
Section felling/snatching
Equipment selction

This course is 5 days and prepares the candidates for NPTC Awards CS40 and CS41. Assessments and Registration will be arranged for all candidates. Candidates must hold a tree climbing certificate and CS39 to attend this training course.

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ISA Certified Arborist Exams

Kevin Birchall from Tree Care Ireland is now the registered ISA Examination Proctor for Ireland and is hoping to be running Examinations at regular intervals throughout 2010. Dates will be posted on the Treecareireland training calender and on this blog.

The great benefit to anyone considering the qualification is the instant recognition that this qualification provides. It is an internetional standard. All Cert Arbs have a code of Ethics, which can be shown to customers as part of your tendering information and each cert arb has a listing on the ISA website.

The ISA Certified Arborist Exam is a level 2 qualification which provides the holder with a basic but comprehensive understanding of arboricultural practices and solid under pinning knowledge of subject areas such as:

Tree Biology
Tree Identification
Soil Science
Water Management
Tree Nutrition and Fertilization
Tree Selection
Installation and Establishment
Tree Support and Protection Systems
Diagnosis and Plant Disorders
Plant Health Care
Tree Assessment and Risk Management
Trees and Construction
Urban Forestry
Tree Worker Safety
Climbing and Working in Trees

A workbook is available from the ISA and candidates can work through each chapter to gain some of the necessary theory. The third edition of the study guide(now in colour) is now available. Each Topic chapter contains the following:

• learning objectives
• key terms
• text with illustrations and photos
• workbook section
• challenge questions
• sample test questions
• other sources of information

Additional study and practical knowledge is also recommended to assure an adequate understanding of some of the subject matter and gain the required pass mark!

Tree care Ireland will be providing focused preparation sessions for the ISA Exam on all subjects including Tree identification. Dates are available now on the online training calender

Please share this blog post with anyone you think might like to become a Certified Arborist.......

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