Friday, January 14, 2011

ISA HK/China --- HK Tree News (Running ISA HK/China by Locals)

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Dear Station Members,

The following news would be a sensitive issue before 1997 in HK - "The British CEO of the West Kowloon Cultural Complex recently resigned on "Health" ground ". However, we should read the commentary without prejudice but with pragmatism, as ISA HK/China faces similar challenge during our beginning in 2005 to until now.

Some locals in HK would not believe that ISA HK/China would do well under the leadership of our own locals. The Station Manager (SM) has been challengd quite a number of time for a string of events locally & overseas on this suspicion. Training opportunities & official meetings in HK rarely invite ISA HK/China. This in a way has driven us towards working with the media & politicians, who show positive appreciation on us.

On the other hand, ISA HQ does not think the same as such. When ISA Staff came down to visit us back in 2006, we were told that from the 80+ years of experience in developing ISA Chapters, only the locals can do it well for ISA. The SM was encouraged to become the Chief Proctor & Chapter Liaison in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China. With this vision, ISA HK/China has grown from a 350+ no. in 2006, to the present 1,500+ Station Membership, & is still going strong.

ISA HK/China is now the fastest expanding ISA Organization in the world, & we run the biggest Certified Arborist exam with 200 seats in Oct 2010. We are formulating our plan to enter China, & our first round of literature barrage will land in major China newspapers during the coming Chinese New Year.

At the same time, ISA HK/China has never shut ourselves from networking with arboricultural organizations around the world. We actually encourage them to come & share their knowledge & expertise with us, at a cost if necessary. This is evident in our constant broadcast of training opportunities in Singapore, Australia & New Zealand, in addition to that of ISA. We positively encourage our Station Members to attend international events, & ask them to share with us when they return. Would the same happen if ISA HK/China is manned by another national?

ISA HK/China has recruited 6 Deputy Station Mangers & established 6 committes to continue our development. We shall form a China Committee very soon to take ISA into China. We constantly set our eyes for the right professionals to work with us as volunteers. We have adopted the appointment system of Govt Depts in our structure, instead of election to ensure discipline & efficiency. This has proven us great success.

IF some say that ISA HK/China is led wrongly with our locals, we have to see the evidence to believe that. At present, no such proof exists anywhere.

ISA HK/China will remain a transparent & inclusive organization to welcome all the good people from around the world, & we'll do so in the best interest of ISA, & to achieve the ISA Mission along with our culture & attitude to show the world.

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 (

"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."


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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 (

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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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