The Arboriculture Trade includes three distinct and progressive Certificates of Qualification. The three are; Arborist Technician, Climbing Arborist and Field Arborist. The Arboriculturist Apprenticeship program is independent from the Landscape and Production Horticulturist programs. You are only required to take the above-mentioned levels to gain your Arboriculturist Apprenticeship.
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WUAA/HEBC Falling and Bucking Endorsement.
Western Utility Arborist Association (WUAA) is incorporated under the Society Act and is a not for profit organization. Member companies represent the majority of Utility Arborists and are supported by the major utilities in British Columbia that require Utility Arborists. The WUAA along with HortEducation.ca, as the administrative partner, is responsible for the WUAA/HEBC Falling and Bucking Endorsement for Certified Utility Arborists (CUA) and Certified Arborist Technicians (CAT). This endorsement has been developed in conjunction with WorkSafeBC. WorkSafeBC has approved both the theoretical and practical components of this endorsement. Those who have their Certificate of Qualification as a Utility Arborist or Certificate of Qualification as an Arborist Technician are eligible to apply for the “WUAA/HEBC Falling and Bucking Endorsement”.
The WUAA/HEBC Falling and Bucking Endorsement is a form of the BC Forest Safety Council certificate that has been modified to be appropriate for Certified Utility Arborists working in utility line clearing operations, or Certified Arborist Technicians in similar environments. Successful completion of the endorsement certifies a CUA or CAT to fall a tree that is larger than 15 cm in diameter at a height of 30 cm from the base. Failure to complete the certification will mean that existing CUAs or CATs will be excluded from some falling activities in their day-to-day work. WorkSafeBC is actively addressing endorsement with companies onsite.
Individuals who are a current BC Certified Faller from the BC Forest Safety Council and are CUAs or CATs can apply for the WUAA/HEBC Falling and Bucking Endorsement and do not need to complete the field evaluation.