Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Utility Arboriculture – Tree Species Recognition, Growth Characteristics and Associated Hazards, Ground Based Pruning and Assisted Tree Felling (Ground)

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Utility Arboriculture 

Unit 302- Tree Species Recognition, Growth Characteristics and Associated Hazards 

  • Be able to identify a range of common broadleaved and coniferous tree species and be able to comment on their individual timber characteristics and growth rates in relation to overhead powerlines;
  • Gain a basic understanding of the factors which might influence a trees growth;
  • Understand the significance and hazards associated with epicormic sprout growth, climbing plants, defective trees and trees with dangerous overhang;
  • Understand the basic principles of targeted and directional pruning.

Unit 303 & 305- Ground Based Pruning and Assisted Tree Felling 

  • Recognise the importance of site specific/electrical risk assessments and be able to identify and control hazards on a variety of sites;
  • Understand the electrical method of work required for dealing with each category of tree;
  • Display competence in the use of insulated pole tools for installation of ropes and carrying out pruning operations;
  • Understand the importance of the care and maintenance of insulating poles;
  • Be able to assess individual trees for hazards prior to felling;
  • Demonstrate the safe method of felling trees adjacent to overhead power lines.

The pre-requisites, 

302- pre-requisite: 301

303 – pre-requisites: 301 & 302

305- pre-requisites: 301 + 302 + 303 + Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-Cutting & Felling & Processing Trees up to 380mm

Or equivalent qualifications 

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