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CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN

Most OH&S Regulations across Canada require that a worker can show due diligence in both prior training and education in their associated work field, and are also qualified to perform the work. Arboriculture Canada's competency testing provides the proof of qualification that all workers should have documented.

Many professional arborists and organizations are beginning to request competency testing for their staff. Competency Testing and Qualification is distinct from other certifications available in the industry because it tests and documents the hand’s on competency of the candidate and provides documentation and validation that the candidate not only ‘knows’ the subject area, but is competent and qualified to perform the work in the applicable discipline.

 

"Thanks again for doing these evaluations for us last week (Tree Dynamics & Integrated Risk Assessment and Technical Tree Falling, Hazard & Danger Cutting). We are receiving very positive comments from our staff on the evaluation process (i.e. review followed by a very fair and clearly understood one on one evaluation) you utilized last week."
Doug Costigan
City of Edmonton


Some Answers to FAQ’s

What is Competency Testing?
Many professional arborists and organizations are beginning to request competency testing for their staff. Competency Testing results in a Qualified Technician certificate and is distinct from other certifications available in the industry because it tests and documents the hand's on competency of the candidate and provides documentation and validation that the candidate not only 'knows' the subject area, but is competent and qualified to perform the work in the applicable discipline.

What will I receive once I am a Qualified Technician in any given domain?

  • A Qualified Technician Certificate in the specific domain area successfully passed - suitable for framing
  • Laminated wallet cards, documenting your qualified technician status in each domain area
  • Qualification stickers

What is the format of the tests?
Each test is conducted in the field, where skills are demonstrated through a combination of hand’s on demonstration, as well as verbal replies to questions.  Supervisors and company owners can request to view a testing format for a particular discipline to gain a better understanding of our testing process.

When and Where can I or my employee’s be tested?   

  • Most organizations consider booking qualification testing immediately after a training program.
  • Companies or organizations with groups of staff that need to be tested can arrange for an evaluator to come to your location, on your schedule to test your staff.  Please call our office to request a customized costing proposal.  1-877-268-8733.
  • You can arrange for private testing for a fee with our office.

What areas of skill or domains can I be tested in? (not limited to the following)

  • Chainsaw Operator Technician (Chainsaw Safety & Cutting Techniques)
  • Tree Faller Technician (Technical Tree Falling & Cutting)
  • Risk Assessor Technician (Tree Dynamics & Integrated Risk Assessment)
  • Tree Climber Rescue Technician (Emergency Readiness & High Angle Rescue)
  • Tree Climber Technician (Tree Climbing, Fall Protection & Work Positioning)
  • Hazard & Danger Tree Faller Technician (Hazard & Danger Tree Falling & Cutting)
  • Rigging Technician (Production Tree Removal & Rigging)

If you are interested in arranging a private testing date for your staff, the above domains, in addition to a larger selection are available.

What is the cost for competency testing?
Competency testing is quoted based on the number of days required and numbers of instructors required to test the people in your organization. Pricing is determined in a similar way to private training, which is based on a day rate.
For private testing, the rates vary, depending on the dates, evaluator and location, however, on average, we charge $250/person for one skills domain.

Is there any pre-requisite training or experience needed before applying for these evaluations?
No. Anyone can apply. However, we strongly recommend that candidates have considerable experience in the practical application of the skill area they are applying for, including the most modern practices and techniques applicable. Recent students from the Arboriculture Canada, North American Training Solutions, as well as other reputable and qualified training companies or associations will be better prepared to successfully pass these evaluations.

How is successful competency graded and awarded?
The evaluation method used measures both the ability and the knowledge of a candidate to perform tasks and answer correctly. Successful completion needs to be a combination of a score over 85%, combined with the evaluators’ confidence of the candidate’s ability.  The success of both knowledge and ability certifies that a competent worker will plan and work appropriately in the field.  

Qualification Expiration
Qualification in any discipline expires after 3 years and requires re-testing to extend the qualification.

Facts about the Qualified Technician program:

  • There are over 2500 Qualified Technicians across Canada in various skill disciplines.
  • Although training is recommended, prior training by Arboriculture Canada is not required before requesting an evaluation. 
  • The assessment provides a process for verifying skills and competencies that is independent of a specific training program. 
  • An individual can be a Qualified Technician in one skill discipline or several.
  • Certificates are issued for each successful discipline achieved.
  • A Qualification wallet card displays all current certifications.
  • Qualification in any discipline expires after 3 years and requires re-testing to extend the certification.
  • The testing is a combination of hand’s on demonstration, as well as verbal replies to questions.
  • The criteria for knowledge and skill base which makes up the components oftests are reviewed regularly by a group of professional arborists and trainers across North America which span across a large number of segments of the arborist industry.
  • The content of each evaluation is influenced by the vast experience our trainers and professional associate experts encounter as they work with and train the varied segments of the arborist industry.
  • The evaluation is administered by trained evaluators, who have been qualified in the specific skills discipline and is performed in a standardized manner in a safe and secure environment.

 

 

 



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