Utility Arborist accreditation gained - 20th Jul 2011

Thoughtplanters has gained the final NZQA accreditations needed to deliver the new Vegetation Control qualification; National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Utility Arborist) with an optional strand in Insulated Tool Work

“We believe that we are the first and only Private Training Provider (PTE) that has gained the necessary approval from the Electricity Supply Industry Training Organisation and accreditation form the NZ Qualifications Authority” said thoughtplanters Academic Director, Mark Roberts .

This national certificate is awarded to people who have demonstrated competence in the skills and knowledge required for employment in the electricity supply industry as a utility arborist undertaking vegetation control.

This qualification is intended for qualified arborists with sufficient arboriculture work experience to undertake vegetation control in the proximity of electricity supply lines.

Arborists holding this qualification will have sufficient knowledge of electricity systems, health and safety, and electricity industry safety statutes and codes to work safely in the proximity of electricity supply lines. They will also be able to operate elevating work platforms to prune trees around electrical lines, and measure trees and lines for vegetation control around electrical lines.

Arborists who wish to work in close proximity to electrical lines are required to use insulated tools. Holders of this qualification who also have the Insulated Tool Work Optional Strand will have the knowledge and skills required to work with insulated tools.

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