Refresher and induction training for utility arboriculture

National Certificate & short courses designed for the modern Utility Arborist

The National Certificate in Electricity Supply (Utility Arborist) -   is intended for qualified arborists with sufficient arboriculture work experience to undertake vegetation control in the proximity of electricity supply lines. They will therefore already have all the necessary arborist skills required for undertaking vegetation control; the intention of this qualification is not to deliver any further arborist skills but to ensure they can work safely around 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 the "close zone" near 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.

This qualification includes optional standards covering a range of additional skills suitable for utility arborists working in the proximity of electricity supply lines. Whilst these standards are not required to achieve the qualification, they may be considered necessary for some utility arborist roles within the electricity supply industry.

Compulsory standards for National Certificate (Utility Arborist)
  • Use personal protective equipment (PPE) within an electricity network environment
  • Identify electricity systems in preparation for work
  • Demonstrate knowledge of (DKO) - electricity industry safety statutes & codes
  • DKO & apply health & safety in the electricity supply environment
  • DKO - electricity supply networks
  • Carry out tree work near electricity supply lines (competent worker zone)
  • Operate power-operated elevating work platforms (EWP) to prune trees around electrical lines
  • Measure trees & lines for vegetation control around electrical lines to minimum approach distance (MAD)
  • Communicate information in a specified workplace

Insulated tool work optional strand (required for close workers)
  • Carry out tree work in the insulated tool zone around electricity supply lines

Other optional strands
  • Carry out winch assisted tree felling in the electricity supply industry

Utility Arborist Short Courses Available by Direct Enquiry
  • Introduction to trees around powerlines
  • Electrical Hazard Awareness Programme (EHAP)
  • Competent work zone training programme (complies with all requirements of the Approved Code of Practice for Safety in Tree Work Part 2: Maintenance of trees around power lines (ACOP 2)
  • Close work zone training programme (complies with all of the requirements of ACOP 2)
  • Competent & close worker refresher training
  • EWP training for Utility Arborists
  • Safe entry into restricted areas in an electrical supply environment
  • Demonstrate the requirements for holding permits on high voltage electrical equipment
  • Carry out winch assisted tree felling around power lines
  • Inspect, test & clean live line tools & equipment (includes 1 free tested tool per student)
  • Powerco WTC (Worker Type Competency) - Category 1A. Entry approval - access to unrestricted areas
  • Powerco WTC - Category 3A. Vegetation Control - Competent Worker Zone
  • Powerco WTC - Category 3B. Vegetation Control - Close Worker Zone
  • Powerco WTC - Category 4. Operating Plant & Machinery Near Electrical Network (EWP's)
  • 210S006 - Powerco Network Safety Induction - Part A Training Course

Thoughtplanters are currently approved vegetation control trainers for:
  • Powerco  - (Thames Valley, Coromandel, Tauranga, Taranaki, Wanganui, Palmerston North & Wanganui)
  • Wellington Electricity
PO Box 132183, Sylvia Park, Auckland 1644
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