Monday, November 16, 2009

ISA HK/China --- HK Tree News (Too Many Chiefs and not enough Indians)

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Dear Station Members,

The sent-in news a little while ago described how a construction class to train Steel Workers of 20 no. became deserted to just 5 no. within one & half months of commencement. It was worrying that when mega projects would come up in future that HK may lack skilled workers to conduct site work.

ISA HK/China has similar sentiment towards this report as our own Tree Care Industry is developing in a similar pattern with a great lack of Certified Tree Workers (CTW) to conduct Field Work, but an abundance of Certified Arborists to engage office work. In the recent ISA Exams, there were close to 200 candidates sitting for the Certified Arborist (CA) exam, but only around 10 chose to take up the CTW exam. As the CA exam is mainly testing for knowledge rather than Field Work, most of the CA in HK are now working for office functions with the majority of them not engaging Tree Work like Tree Climbing & Chainsaw Operation. As far as ISA HK/China are aware, maybe less than 5% of our CA are seen to take on regular Field Work & many are unable to climb to assess trees or to carry out Structural Pruning to international requirements on site.

Say if we have all our Arborists swarming to take on office work to command & plan, but to ignore Field Work which is dirty, strenuous & risky, then who are going to prune, fell or transplant our mature trees on site? Do we then leave it to the subcontractors of the subcontractors with untrained & unskilled labour but paid low to carry out work at their laymen desire, with our Office Arborists showing photos & reports to cover the aftermath? Would the quality of Tree Work in HK then advance to international level for our Tree Management Office, or would it just be another repeat of our past failures?

ISA HK/China has installed the Independent Practicing Arborist (IPA, ) credential to upgrade the Arborist Profession in our territory to become one which can handle knwoledge & Field Operation at the same time. The Arborist Profession is a Practitioner Trade with the Practicing Arborists expected to solve problems on site more than studying photos & reports in office. If our Arborists are downgraded to office level only & not able to handle work on site, the Arborist Profession in our territory will soon depart from international development, & we shall continue to rely on overseas Arborists to consult for us for genuine Tree Work.

ISA HK/China is planning to bring in the New Zealand National Certificate in Arboriculture to train up Field Arborists in our territory. The Station Manager will take part in the first round of training to ensure it will have a good start. We shall limit the capacity to around 20 no. only to ensure quality & adequate attendance on the students. This will be a rare opportunity for our local candidates to learn Tree Work under quality supervision & to prepare our future Arborists to work on site.

Let this message wake up our local employers at the same time to know how to select their Arborists for Tree Work in future. Would they now prefer to take up only those who can not work in the Field?

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."

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