We are proud to announce that we have been accepted as members of the ABA International body. Arboriculture Canada is now a National Awarding Body (NAB). We would like to introduce the ABA to our customers in Canada, and especially the candidates who have successfully achieved qualification status (chainsaw) through our testing process in the past years. (other domains to come)
This article will introduce you to the ABA International, and tell you what credentialing through the ABA can do for you. http://www.aba-skills.com/about.php
Who is the ABA?
ABA International (Awarding Body Association) was founded in 2012 in response to a demand for international recognition of qualifications gained at state or national levels. The trans-national mobility of qualified people facilitated by a voluntary partnership of national awarding bodies is a core principle of ABA.
ABA is managed on a minimum administrative basis in a cost effective manner. A simplified organisational structure provides each member country equal representation within the association.
National awarding bodies (NAB) are subject to an International accreditation and vetting process. Core to quality assurance and uniformity of the qualifications is the principle of trans-national supervision. In support of this principle ABA continuously develops, updates and enhances International qualifications skills standards & matrices.
Partner agreements include general procedures for cooperation; transfer of qualification credits; national awarding body responsibilities; certification endorsement etc.
Further, ABA endeavours to promote the mutual recognition of its member’s qualifications world-wide therefore reducing or removing potential barriers to employment and mobility.
The ABA’s Mission:
To facilitate, accredit, develop, support and promote the recognition of individuals national skills qualifications and certifications between partner countries worldwide
THE ABA’s Mission Objectives:
Establishing & setting certification standards: undertake a continuous review & improvement process to ensure they remain consistent and rigorous Quality assurance of the certification: ensure validation of content, currency, delivery and review methods are consistently maintained and comparible
ABA has the following key roles:
- Qualification development: maintaining a support network with international educational advisors
- National Awarding Body support: ensuring good practice is maintained, encouraged, developed and facilitating communication
- National Awarding Body external inspections & vetting process: facilitating trans-national observations of training & assessment practices and awarding body audits
- Promoting the principle of continuous improvement: facilitating exchange opportunities between National Awarding Body instructors, assessors and educational advisors
Why Get ABA Certification?
National skills certification demonstrates that you have achieved a recognised standard within your skills or chosen occupational sector. In addition, the ABA International ‘stamp of approval’ on your certification provides the following benefits:
- Enhanced mobility: instant participating partner country recognition no need to re-take already proven training or skills tests to work abroad (saving time & money)
- Enhanced employability: demonstrates your competency at an international level to current or potential future employers(helping to break-down barriers)
- Enhanced credibility: demonstrates proof of your skills verified to rigorous national and international standards (high quality)
Are you an Arboriculture Canada Qualified Technician in a Chainsaw Domain?
Arboriculture Canada has been given equivalency for chainsaw qualification with the ABA in the following chainsaw training domains. If you have taken a chainsaw qualification test and successfully become a Qualified Technician in one of these domains in the last five years (since January, 2010), you will be receiving an email inviting you to register yourself for the ABA Certification. The only thing required to receive this ABA Certification is a $12 processing fee and you will then be registered with the ABA Registry (which is an online registrar). You will immediately be registered as an ABA Certified Candidate internationally.
Arboriculture Canada Chainsaw Qualification Programs and ABA Equivalencies:
|Arboriculture Canada Qualification||ABA Qualification|
|Chainsaw Safety & Cutting Techniques (Chainsaw Operator Technician)||Chainsaw Level 1: Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross-cutting Techniques|
|Technical Tree Falling & Cutting (Tree Faller Technician)||Chainsaw Level 1: Chainsaw Maintenance & Cross-Cutting Techniques andChainsaw Level 2: Basic Tree Felling Techniques|
|Hazard & Danger Tree Cutting & Falling (Hazardous Tree Falling Technician) (provided you have received the Tree Faller Technician)||Chainsaw Level 3: Advanced Tree Felling Techniques andChainsaw Level 4: Windblown & Damaged Tree Felling Techniques.|
For any candidates who have taken customized tests with Arboriculture Canada through your organization or company in the chainsaw domain, please contact Nancy to inquire which equivalency is applicable to your test.
Arboriculture Canada is choosing to endorse and support the goals and aims of the ABA, as we believe that the intentions align nicely with our corporate vision and the recognition of ABA qualifications around the world will serve to improve the safety of working arborists and chainsaw operators.