Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture now running in Singapore - 1st Jul 2011

Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture now running in Singapore Thoughtplanters is continuing its expansion of training courses in Singapore with the recent completion of the inaugural Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture (ACA).

The course, designed for aspiring supervisors in the landscape / arboriculture sector, is an intensive three-week block. The syllabus covers a range of key tree care principles - providing students with a comprehensive insight into maintenance and management issues.

The course has been established in partnership with Singapore's Centre for Urban Greening and Ecology (CUGE) and is endorsed by the government's Workforce Development Agency (WDA). Both CUGE and WDA see the ACA as a crucial qualification for those supervisors and managers involved in caring for Singapore's trees.

Singapore is world-renowned as a garden city - where extensive lush vegetation is the norm. Singapore is expanding its green natural infrastructure - and this is evident in it's current multi-billion dollar investments in greening programmes and the construction of new parkland and tree-lined landscapes. Since 1986 Singapore has increased its urban tree cover and vegetation by over 12% - an amazing feat for a small island of only 700 square kilometres with a population in excess of 5 million.

Bryan Gould, Horttraining's senior lecturer, presented the Advanced Certificate to a small keen group - the first to step up for the newly-established qualification. "The student's level of interest and enthusiasm was really high" he said. "They finished the block without problems and were looking forward to applying their new-found knowledge and awareness in their workplaces".

Thoughtplanters will be conducting the ACA in Singapore on a regular basis - with plans for a diploma qualification to be announced shortly.

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