At Pro Climb we believe safety and efficiency are the key to become a well trained arborist in New Zealand. This blog post article is to help you learn about the arborist profession and arborist safety training courses.
Arborist safety training has become a first priority in NZ.
Demand for professionally qualified arborists has increased due to insufficient numbers of arborist trainees available in NZ. Job opportunities for arborists in NZ are good due to a shortage of qualified arborists in NZ.
The careers.govt.nz website recorded 1,286 arborists working in 2012, 1,348 arborists working in 2013 and 1,453 arborists working in 2014. These numbers indicate a steady 7-10% increase every year and its now more important to ensure arborist safety training throughout all of New Zealand.
In 2011, with two million people working in about 470,000 workplaces, 85 people were killed – that’s 85 colleagues, friends, and family members. Another 445 people were seriously injured, some requiring months of medical treatment and rehabilitation. Source: http://www.business.govt.nz/worksafe/ and Approved Code of Practice for Safety and Health in Arboriculture.
Pro Climb is on board 100% to help the target of reducing workplace deaths and serious injuries by at least 25 percent by 2020. This code, as a joint initiative of the Minister of Labour.
What is the Arborist Job Profession about?
An arborist, or (less commonly) arboriculturist, is a professional in the practice of arboriculture, which is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennialwoody plants. Arborists generally focus on the health and safety of individual plants and trees, rather than managing forests (the domains of forestry and silviculture) or harvesting wood. An arborist’s scope of work is therefore distinct from that of either a forester or a logger, though the professions share much in common. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arborist
What you will do – Arborists may do some or all of the following:
- identify trees, inspect trees, maintain trees, prune trees, plant and transplant trees
- identify and deal with tree hazards, for example clearing damaged branches or fallen trees after storm damage
- plan and carry out pest and disease management – including spraying
- consult with the public and/or clients regarding tree maintenance and/or removal. Source: careers.govt.nz/jobs/
Skills and knowledge – Arborists need to have:
- knowledge of horticulture including plant and soil biology, tree species identification, and pest and disease control
- skill in planting, pruning and landscaping
- understanding of arboricultural practices such as tree climbing and tree transplanting
- knowledge of safe work practices and first aid. Source: careers.govt.nz/jobs/
Working conditions – Arborists:
- often work irregular hours. They are often on call and may have to work nights and weekends
- work outside, on private properties, roadsides, parks and farms
- may work in dangerous conditions in bad weather. Source: careers.govt.nz/jobs/
Pro Climb arborist safety training courses
Our popular arborist safety training courses include tree climbing, tree rigging and aerial rescue. Designed for all arborist professionals in New Zealand. All our arborist safety training is provided at our local and national locations and on-site for private and corporate organisations.
Stay Up to Date (SUD) – Programme
We know a good production climber is also a good rescue climber and a good tree rigger is also a good rescue rigger. So we at Pro Climb have designed a unique arborist training programme where we combine aerial rescue, tree climbing and tree rigging training in an all-in-one package. Visit our Stay Up to Date (SUD) – Programme page now to find out more…
Aerial Rescue Safety Training for Tree Climbers – Course
Our Aerial Rescue safety training will demonstrate how to support a self rescue. Or how to retrieve an injured climber out of the tree after an accident. Visit our Aerial Rescue Training page now to find out more…
Arborist Tree Climbing Safety Training – Course
Our tree climbing training is for commercial or recreational activities. This is where it is necessary to ascend and move around in the crown of a tree. Visit our Arborist Tree Climbing Safety Training page now to find out more…
Arborist Tree Rigging Training – Course
Modern tree rigging techniques are designed to reduce the labour intensive work and to eliminate potential damage to property while removing limbs or whole trees. Visit our Arborist Tree Rigging safety training page now to find out more…
Arborist Tree Canopy Research Safety Training – Course
This 3 day arborist safety training is tailored specifically for first time tree climber. The aim is to impart knowledge about the basic principles of tree climbing. Visit our Arborist Tree Canopy Research Safety Training page now to find out more…
Arborist Tree Removal Training Crane Assisted – Course
This workshop is designed for experienced aerial tree workers and arborists. Learn how to conduct a safe and efficient crane assisted tree removal. Visit our Arborist Tree Removal Training Crane Assisted page now to find out more…