Monday, October 31, 2011

How To Become A Tree Surgeon

There are many ways in which one can become a tree surgeon but a natural interest and enthusiasm for trees is an obvious starting point. Indeed, this love of trees must be strong as tree surgeons are often called out in all types of weather.

There are many areas in which a tree surgeon may specialise, however there are a number of issues with which all tree surgeons must be familiar. One of these is the notion of "boundaries" and who has the right to a tree. Often, a boundary between one piece of property can be ambiguous, and this can affect a tree caught in the disputed area. Sometimes this can relate to whether a tree should be removed or kept.

Another notion with which a tree surgeon must be familiar if he is to be capable of performing the duties of his role effectively is that of conservation laws. Conservation laws can often decide whether a tree can be cut down or pruned and this can relate to the type of the tree just as much as to its location or size.

There are a number of qualifications a tree surgeon can attain in order to differentiate himself from the others in his field, and these are distinguished by levels one, two and three.

A level one tree surgeon has an NPTC or SSTC and is qualified to work with tools. On the face of it this may seem a somewhat basic qualification, however, if we consider the health and safety risks involved with the operation of the tools a tree surgeon may employ then it is clear that suitable credentials are absolutely necessary in order to avoid possible disaster.

A level two qualified tree surgeon has an ISA, RFS or NVQ in aboriculture. This is necessary for a tree surgeon who wants to be self-employed or intends to climb trees as part of his daily work. Again, climbing trees is something a child could do, but in order to cover yourself for the legal implications of doing so then a standard of performance, signified through such a qualification, is necessary.

Finally, a level three qualification is an NVQ or a technician's certificate specialising in aboriculture. For holders of this qualification they can supervise others and run their own company. It is necessary to work at the top end of tree surgery.

As is clear, there are many different levels of tree surgery, and all are important in effective aboriculturalism.

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  1. Great article! I wish I'd read something similar before I embarked on that mission a few years back. I thought that just getting my MEWP training and some pre-owned equipment from then I'd be all set. Alas, tree surgery is an art form and it takes years to perfect. A rewarding career but you need passion, hard work and real grind.