Tuesday, August 18, 2009

ISA HK/China --- Incoming Mail (Seminar Training in HK/China)

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Dear xxx,

Thank you for your message & enquiry. We broadcast the reply because we think it may of a nature of general interest to our Station Members, without disclosing your details as we usually comply.

It is a Station Policy that we do not comment on any training program or seminar without our participation, simply because we know of no details of what is involved. On the other hand, we would recommend you to study the program carefully to see if it fits your needs, & not just because of the packaging & advertisement. For example, if you are a beginner in the Arborist Industry, would you be able to understand what a researcher with years of academic experience in a specific field to talk about something specialized in his work without much regard to your level of understanding? This is something you would need to balance off before entering.

If the Motorist Association of HK is going to invite the World Champion of F1 Racing to give a session on 'How to win Formula 1 Race on Track', do you think a Learner Driver or someone who has just passed the Driving Test can follow the teaching? Or would the World Champion be interested to take the students by the hand on how to change gear in a corner? Then, are both sides matching?

In western countries, candidates learn Arboriculture through fundamental training programs like the 'National Certificate in Arboriculture' for Tree Biology, Tree Inspection, Tree Climbing, Chainsaw uses, to Tree Biomechanics. They would stay for approx. 3 years for knowledge & practice to first obtain their own National Qualification, & then proceed to the ISA Certified Arborist (CA) credential to become internationally recognized. However, this does not appear to be the case in our territory. Our candidates would prefer to take a short cut to go straight to pass the 200 multiple choice questions in the CA exam to obtain the ISA credential, & most would not revert to regain the basics in Arboriculture before going into private practice. This would be like building a skyscraper from top down. Would it really work?

ISA HK/China is currently considering to collaborate with quality international trainers to begin courses in Basic Arboriculture leading to a National Certificate of some kind. The training may take long, perhaps even more than a year, but it will be beneficial to someone who really wants to stay in the Arborist Industry instead of of dashing in to grab quick cash. Arborist Work is a legally sensitive profession & foul play can lead to Court Scenario as seen many a times in western countries. ISA HK/China would like to see the Arborist Profession develop healthily in our territory instead of just a quick flash.

I am attaching a similar Station Mail on 'World Champion to train HK' some time ago for your interesting study. You are welcomed to contact me at 9090 6719 anytime for any further discussion.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager

"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."

"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."

----- Original Message -----
From: xxx
To: egc@netvigator.com
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 7:52 PM
Subject: seminar training
Hi Sammy Au,

Do u recommend me to join the attached seminar training? Why don't the Station organize advanced seminar to us?

Thank you.



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