A: A NZ arborist qualification can be obtained through on-job training or by studying at a polytechnic. On-job training can only be offered by companies that have qualified in-house training assessors.
- WinTec (Hamilton) https://www.wintec.ac.nz/courses/grow/arborist.aspx
- Otago Polytechnic (Dunedin) https://www.op.ac.nz/study/natural-sciences/horticulture/arboriculture-programme/
- Manukau Institute of Technology
- Primary ITO https://www.primaryito.ac.nz/courses-for-you/horticulture/arboriculture/
Q: How do I become qualified to work around power lines in NZ?
A: Arborist that want to work near power lines need to be qualified and approved by the lines owner. Qualifications can be obtained by the above institutes.
Q: Do I get unit standards for attending Pro Climb training?
A: No, Pro Climb training offers professional development for the working arborist and tree worker; it is non-unit standard based training. Our aim is it to increase the safety and productivity of crews and individuals in the arboricultural industry.
Q: What is arborist safety training?
A: Arborist safety training is training that is designed to increase, comply with or maintain a safety standard in a work process. It provides the attendees with information that is critical for working safely in a high risk environment.
Q: What are CEUs?
A: A CEU is a Continuing Education Unit for ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) certified arborists. Arborists that have a qualification from the ISA can claim the CEUs offered by Pro Climb Training. It is vital that all participants who want to obtain CEUs mention this in their initial booking so that Pro Climb can accredit the CEU value. Every workshop that carries a CEU value can be found on our website along with the corresponding CEU value. The CEU value depends on the length of the course. For more information on our workshops and the CEU values offered please visit our training webpage.
Q: Do you offer ISA qualification?
A: No, but the knowledge learned at our workshops will help you understand the body of knowledge required for the ISA Certified Arborist and Certified Climber Specialist exam.
Q: Can/should I bring my tree climbing gear to NZ on holiday?
A: Yes, if you want to climb trees. There is no tree climbing gear hire in New Zealand. Most climbing gear is imported from Europe or the USA and is accordingly more expensive. If you bring your climbing gear make sure it is cleaned properly to comply with New Zealand’s bio security laws.
Q: I am coming on a working holiday visa to NZ, should I bring my tree climbing gear?
A: Yes; not all companies will supply you with climbing gear, so having your own will help secure you a job. Most climbing gear is imported from Europe or the USA and is accordingly more expensive. If you bring your climbing gear make sure it is cleaned properly to comply with New Zealand’s bio security laws.
Q: What qualification do I need to work as a tree worker/climber in NZ?
A: To work as a tree worker/climber in New Zealand you need to have documented training in the safe use of the machinery, equipment and techniques required for the task.
Q: How do I find work as an arborist in NZ?
A: You can contact the local tree companies when you have found an area where you would like to stay for a while. TradeMe and Seek are the largest job market websites in NZ. Most arborists find work within a week.
Q Where can I buy tree climbing gear in NZ?
A: There are only few tree climbing gear suppliers in NZ. Our main supplier is Treetools.
Q: How much do the Pro Climb workshops cost?
A: At the top of each workshop page is the cost for each workshop.