Friday, January 14, 2011

ISA HK/China --- CA and CTW International Recognition

Dear Station Members,

Please view the ISA Cert Today Jan 2011 edition for important information on the Certified Arborist (CA) credential.

Please note that the CA credential is now ISO Certified, making it truly international rather than just "national" for a lot of other credentials in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China. Getting an international recognition is more difficult than those recognized within a country. It also has a higher credibility in Court.

Please also pay attention to the vast difference in number between the CA & Certified Tree Worker (CTW) credentials. Becoming a CTW is much harder than a CA. Therefore, do not compare them with common labourers or gardeners, & put CTW into their categories out of ignorance. Give it the respect it deserves.

Please also take becoming a CA is only passing over a threshold to enter the sophisticated Arborist Profession. It does not make you an experienced professional right away. There is a long road ahead to become that. An Arborist should not rest on his/her laurel.

Please note that the next CA & CTW exams in our territory will be in mid-end March. Proper announcement will be given in Station Mail very soon.

best regards,

Sammy Au
Station Manager
Registered Consulting Arborist no. RCA#497 (
Independent Practicing Arborist no. IPA-010908 (
ISA Certified Arborist / Certified Tree Worker no. HK-0174AT (

Certification Statistics

Certified Arborists: 25,717

Certified Tree Worker/Climber Specialist: 987

Utility Specialists: 1,606

Board-Certified Master Arborists: 334

Municipal Specialists: 426

Certified Tree Worker/Aerial Lift Specialists: 42

Written Exams Given, 2010: 260

Computer-Based Exams Given, 2010: More than 1,000

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January 2011

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