Representing Arborists in Queensland & Nth NSW
23 Dec 2019

MIS303: Tree Dismantling – Techniques for Rigging and Aerial Tree Removal Operations

This is a two-day workshop based off the newly released Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) booklets produced by Arboriculture Australia.
This workshop will cover all aspects of Tree Climbing from Climbing equipment and inspection through to Tree Climbing core skills and Techniques.
All attendees will be supplied with their own copy of the MIS Booklet – MIS303 (TREE DISMANTLING – Techniques for rigging and aerial tree removal operations).
 

 
DAY ONE – Tuesday 7th July 2020
 
INTRODUCTION
• Preparing for Tree Removal
• Dismantling Trees
• Completing Tree Removal
 
PREPARING FOR TREE REMOVAL
• Tree removal strategies
• Tree inspection for dismantling
• Hazard Control measures
• Basic rigging concepts
 
DAY TWO – Wednesday 8th July 2020
 
RIGGING
• Selecting and inspecting rigging equipment
• Rigging equipment configuration and proper use
• Introduction to forces in rigging
• Dismantling Trees
• Site Management
 
MIS303 covers the basics of tree dismantling, including site set up, equipment inspection, rigging techniques, the use of a chainsaw in trees, and some fundamental concepts of rigging forces and rigging system design. Many other techniques and rigging equipment configurations exist which are not discussed in this MIS booklet, but the information presented forms a solid foundation on which practitioners can build.

 


PRESENTER
Henk Morgans is a world-renowned tree climber who specialises in technical tree work and is a Trainer Assessor.

 
As the co-founder of the Australian Institute of Arboriculture (AIA) and Evergreen Tree Care, his cutting-edge technical skills are both simple and highly effective
mixed with his ability to relate and present knowledge that is relevant and useful.
 
Henk has worked and climbed alongside some of the top climbers and Arborists from around the world. This has allowed great exposure to the mix of practical
skills and theoretical knowledge to back up these fundamental skills and techniques.
Henk has also had the privilege of working with several large manufacturers to design and test equipment.
 
Henk has presented workshops all around the world, as well as competed at State, National and International level Tree Climbing Championships.
 

 


COURSE COST:
2 Day Course:
QUALIFIED MEMBER $376.00
GENERAL MEMBER $406.00
NON MEMBER $436.00
 
Full Course – 6 Days Covering MIS303, MIS304 & MIS305
QUALIFIED MEMBER $1000.00 ($128 savings)
GENERAL MEMBER $1100.00 ($118 savings)
NON MEMBER $1200.00 ($108 savings)
 
Please read our Cancellation policy which can be found via the link below
 
 
 
23 Dec 2019

MIS304: Aerial Rescue – Techniques for Rescuing Stuck or Injured Climbers

This is a two-day workshop based off the newly released Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) booklets produced by Arboriculture Australia. This workshop will cover Techniques for Rescuing Stuck or Injured Climbers.

All attendees will be supplied their own copy of the MIS booklet – MIS304 (AERIAL RESCUE – Techniques for Rescuing Stuck or injured climbers.)

 

DAY ONE – Tuesday 8th September 2020

PLANNING FOR AERIAL RESCUE

  • Accident Prevention
  • Preparing for Aerial Rescue
  • Rescue ready climbing techniques

 

RESPONDING TO AN AERIAL EMERGENCY

DAY TWO – Wednesday 9th September 2020

SPECIFIC RESCUE SCENARIOS AND TECHNIQUES

  • Ground Based Rescue
  • Pole-top Rescue
  • Complex rescue scenario: lifting or moving a casualty
  • Casualty injuries
  • Incident documentation

PRESENTER
Henk Morgans is a world-renowned tree climber who specialises in technical tree work and is a Trainer Assessor.

As the co-founder of the Australian Institute of Arboriculture (AIA) and Evergreen Tree Care, his cutting-edge technical skills are both simple and highly effective mixed

with his ability to relate and present knowledge that is relevant and useful.
 
Henk has worked and climbed alongside some of the top climbers and Arborists from around the world. This has allowed great exposure to the mix of practical skills
and theoretical knowledge to back up these fundamental skills and techniques. Henk has also had the privilege of working with several large manufacturers to design and test equipment.
 
Henk has presented workshops all around the world, as well as competed at State, National and International level Tree Climbing Championships.

COURSE COST: 

2 Day Course:
QUALIFIED MEMBER $376.00
GENERAL MEMBER $406.00
NON MEMBER $436.00
 
 
Full Course – 6 Days Covering MIS303, MIS304 & MIS305
QUALIFIED MEMBER $1000.00 ($128 savings)
GENERAL MEMBER $1100.00 ($118 savings)
NON MEMBER $1200.00 ($108 savings)
 
Prices include GST
Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea and refreshments provided
All participants will receive their own copy of the MIS304 booklet
 
18 Dec 2019

MIS305: Tree Climbing – Techniques for Access, Work Positioning and Descent

This is a two-day workshop presented by Henk Morgans is based off the newly released Minimum Industry Standards (MIS) booklets produced by Arboriculture Australia.

This workshop will cover all aspects of Tree Climbing techniques for Access, Work Positioning and Decent.

All attendees will be supplied their own copy of the MIS booklet – MIS305 (TREE CLIMBING – Techniques for Access, Work Positioning and Descent)

 

 

DAY ONE – Tuesday 5th May 2020

INTRODUCTION TO TREE CLIMBING

  • General principles of tree climbing
  • What is good tree climbing?

PREPARING TO WORK IN TREES

TREE CLIMBING EQUIPMENT

  • Tree inspection for climbing
  • Hazard control measures for tree climbing
  • Equipment inspection checklist
  • Building a climbing system
  • Selecting and configuring equipment within a climbing system

CORE SKILLS 1: INSTALLING AN ANCHOR POINT

  • Selecting a suitable anchor point
  • Setting an anchor point using a throwline or similar
  • Testing an anchor point
  • Advancing a system/alternating anchor points

CORE SKILLS 2: WORK POSITIONING

  • Rope angle
  • Branch walking
  • Work positioning

 

 

DAY TWO – Wednesday 6th May 2020

CLIMBING TECHNIQUE 1: MOVING ROPE TECHNIQUE

BODY THRUSTING

  • Assisted body thrusting
    • Footlocking the tail of the rope.
    • Use of a foot ascender
    • Trunk walking

CAMBIUM SAVERS

  • Setting a cambium saver from the ground

 


 
PRESENTER

 
Henk Morgans is a world-renowned tree climber who specialises in technical tree work and is a Trainer Assessor.
 
As the co-founder of the Australian Institute of Arboriculture (AIA) and Evergreen Tree Care, his cutting-edge technical skills are both simple and highly effective mixed with his ability to relate and present knowledge that is relevant and useful.
 
Henk has worked and climbed alongside some of the top climbers and Arborists from around the world. This has allowed great exposure to the mix of practical skills and theoretical knowledge to back up these fundamental skills and techniques. Henk has also had the privilege of working with several large manufacturers to design and test equipment.
 
Henk has presented workshops all around the world, as well as competed at State, National and International level Tree Climbing Championships.

 


COURSE COST: 

2 Day Course:
QUALIFIED MEMBER $376.00
GENERAL MEMBER $406.00
NON MEMBER $436.00
 
 
Full Course – 6 Days Covering MIS303, MIS304 & MIS305
QUALIFIED MEMBER $1000.00 ($128 savings)
GENERAL MEMBER $1100.00 ($118 savings)
NON MEMBER $1200.00 ($108 savings)
 
Prices include GST
Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea and refreshments provided
All participants will receive their own copy of the MIS305 booklet
If booking for all 3 courses, participants will obtain a copy of MIS303, MIS304 & MIS305.
 
16 Dec 2019

QAA 2020 Queensland Tree Climbing Competition

 

Nixon Park, Oxley
Friday 24th & Saturday 25th of July 2020

 

We welcome all Climbers new and experienced to take part in this exciting competition. This year to be held at the beautiful Nixon Park in Oxley.

Competitors must have current Financial Membership with the QAA to be eligible for any placings in the national or Asia Pacific’s Competitions.

Only FIRST TIME competitors are eligible to nominate in the Rookie Division.

 

Tickets can be purchased via this link. Get in quick to secure your Early Bird pricing and your competition shirt size.

 

 


 

Support our climbers and the magnificent efforts they put into the competition by Sponsoring one of the individual events.

Please contact our Office to discuss sponsorship options.

Phone: 07 3821 1488

Email office@qaa.net.au


 


 

 

13 Nov 2019

ISA Tree Risk Qualification (TRAQ) – THREE DAY Course

Date: TBA 
Location: QAA Head Office: 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland QLD 4163

Class Size is Limited to 20

 


What Is the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)?

The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) offers TRAQ as an instructor-led credential that demonstrates professional knowledge in tree risk assessment through participation in a training course and passing its accompanying exam. The TRAQ program offers tree care professionals the opportunity to expand their knowledge of the fundamentals of tree risk assessment by learning a standardized, systematic process for assessing tree risk and providing information to tree owners and risk managers for making informed decisions that will promote the safety of people and property and enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity.

COURSE CONTENT

The course content is based on ISA’s Tree Risk Assessment Manual and is divided into nine modules:

1.   Introduction to Tree Risk Assessment
2.   Levels of Assessment
3.   Target Assessment
4.   Site Assessment
5.   Tree Biology and Mechanics
6.   Tree Inspection and Assessment
7.   Data Analysis and Risk Categorization
8.   Mitigation
9.   Reporting

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for ISA Certification Holders 

If you hold an ISA certification, you can earn 14.5 ISA CEUs if you complete the ISA Tree Risk Assessment course, attending at least 80 percent of the instructional portion of the program. These CEUs can be applied to your ISA Certified Arborist® credential, including the Tree Worker credentials. For an ISA Board Certified Master Arborist®, 6 CEUs go to practice, 6 to management, and 2.5 to science.

What Are the Course Objectives?

•   Comprehension of the fundamentals of limited-visual and basic tree risk assessment as defined in the ISA Best Management Practices: Tree Risk Assessment;
•   Knowledge of the principles of advanced diagnostic techniques for assessing tree risk;
•   Mastery of methods for gathering and evaluating information to assess tree risk;
•   Development of reasoned judgments and recommendations for mitigating identified risk.

How Are the TRAQ Course and Exam Presented?

The standard ISA TRAQ course is a two-day, in-person training course followed by a half-day examination. (Instructors may extend the time/length of the course in specific circumstances.) Lectures, discussions, small-group activities, applied case studies, and field activities are all a part of the training process. The examination consists of two parts:

• Written exam: 100 multiple-choice questions. Each question has four answer choices, and only one is correct. You will have two hours to complete the written exam.
• Performance-based exam: An actual, outdoor tree assessment will test your ability to apply tree risk principles to a tree at the training site. You will have one hour to complete the performance-based exam.

Who Is Eligible to Apply for the TRAQ Course?

An eligible applicant for a TRAQ course must have earned at least one of the following credentials:

  • ISA Board Certified Master Arborist®
  • ISA Certified Arborist®
  • ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualified
  • A degree in Arboriculture, urban forestry, traditional forestry, or horticulture that is part of a national qualifications framework or is from a college or university that is accredited or recognized under a system that is substantially similar to accreditation.
  • AHC30810 Certificate III in Arboriculture (Australia)
  • European Tree Technician
  • European Tree Worker
  • New Zealand National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4)
  • United Kingdom Qualifications and Credit Framework Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Arboriculture

ISA maintains records of its own credential holders; however, ISA credentials that expired in 2001 or earlier may require documentation. Applicants must provide valid documentation of any other credentials to demonstrate eligibility. For a full list of credentials, please refer to the application guideIf you hold a credential or have completed a program of study not listed above, go to the ISA website for information on eligibility appealsYou will be required you to send a scanned PDF copy of your qualification certificate or academic transcript to office@qaa.net.au or via the document uploading section on the website TRAQ registration page.

Nondiscrimination
The ISA Qualifications Program does not discriminate in determining eligibility on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Accommodations for Participants with Disabilities
It is the intent of ISA to provide accessibility to ISA courses to any qualified participant with a documented disability upon reasonable notice and without requiring ISA to take action which would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the course or an undue financial burden to ISA or the course host. If you have a special need and require an accommodation for a course, please complete the Special Accommodations Request Form and submit it to qual@isa-arbor.com. Your request will be reviewed, and you will be notified of a determination.

Confirmation
You will be notified

  • When your application is received
  • After your application is approved

A confirmation packet will be shipped to you three weeks prior to the course date (Please provide a physical home delivery address – NO PO Boxes), which includes

  • The Tree Risk Assessment Manual
  • The Tree Risk Assessment Workbook
  • Tree Risk Assessment Clipboard
  • A letter containing the date and time of the course

No refunds or discounts are given if you already own the Tree Risk Assessment Manual.

What to bring

  • Government photo ID (such as a driver’s licence)
  • Tree Risk Assessment Manual
  • Tree Risk Assessment Workbook with pre-course activities completed (Workbook is required to complete the course.)
  • Writing utensil(s), including at least one #2 pencil
  • Tree Risk Assessment Clipboard
  • Appropriate attire for both indoor and outdoor
    activities
  • High-visibility vest, coat, or clothing
  • Hard hat

The course cost includes all course materials, lunch, and refreshments on both training days and welcome refreshments upon arrival for the exam.

The Tree Risk Assessment Qualification is valid for five (5) years from the date the TRAQ exam is passed. The qualification holder is required to retake the course and pass the exam every five (5) years in order to maintain the qualification.

By applying to participate in a TRAQ event, you authorize the ISA to make your registration and contact information available to the local chapter/associate organisation. You agree to the terms, conditions, and policies outlined in the Tree Risk Assessment Candidate Handbook:

If you need to apply for a TRAQ exam retake only, you must contact us.

Privacy
By applying, you authorize the release of any information for the purpose of verifying your application. ISA has the right to contact any person or organization as part of the review and to notify appropriate organizations if your application contains false information. You also authorize ISA to provide your contact information to your local chapter/associate organization and ISA’s professional affiliates for information-sharing about educational seminars and other events. Your name, location, and credential will also be available to the public on the ISA website. If you do not wish to have your name included on the ISA website or in lists for distribution, contact ISA Customer Service at isa@isa-arbor.com.

COST:

  Prices include GST
ISA Member $930.00
QAA Qualified Member $985.00
QAA General Member $1,045.00
Non-Member $1,200.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

** If you do not provide ISA Member number before the registration deadline, you will be charged at either member or non-member prices accordingly.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

All bookings are confirmed upon full payment to the Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc.

If you wish to cancel your booking, request must be made in writing.

Credits and Refunds

  • 1 day prior or on the day – no credit or refund.
  • Within 7 days of event – 20% credit or refund.
  • Within 8-30 days of event – 35% credit or refund.
  • Over 31 days before event – full credit or refund.

**Credits are valid within the same calendar year.

Cancellations

The Queensland Arboricultural Association reserves the right to cancel any activity due to lack of bookings up to two days prior to an event or course.

Please contact us to confirm that your event will go ahead before booking travel or accommodation.

For more detailed information, please refer to the ISA website Tree Risk Qualification Application Guide

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Email: office@qaa.net.au

11 Nov 2019

ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) Renewal

Date: 
Location: QAA Head Office: 26-40 Delancey Street, Cleveland QLD 4163

Class Size is Limited to 20

The TRAQ Renewal Course is a one-day refresher, with five hours of instruction, and three hours to take the exam. Current TRAQ holders can complete the course as early as three and one-half (3 1/2) years into their Qualification (18 months before your expiration date).  

Once you have successfully passed the renewal requirements, you will be given 5 years from the date of your previous expiration allowing you to take full advantage of the 5 year period granted with the credential.

Your instructor for this event will be Mark Roberts.

You will review:
   –   Levels of assessment
   –   Target assessment
   –   Site assessment
   –   Tree biology and mechanics
   –  Tree inspection and assessment
   –   Data analysis and risk categorisation
   –   Mitigation
   –   Reporting

Included in your registration:
 –   course registration
 –   exam fee
 –   the TRAQ renewal manual (shipped via UPS to the address you provide (NO PO Boxes)
 –   the TRAQ renewal workbook (handed out at the class)
 –   morning tea, 
lunch and beverages for the day

Travel and lodging is at your own cost and organisation.

Eligibility:
To be able to register for the TRAQ Renewal workshop you must hold a TRAQ credential. You may complete the TRAQ Renewal workshop as early as 18 months prior to your qualification expiration date. Participants are asked to bring their TRAQ Risk Assessment manual and clipboard to training. 

All Applications will be reviewed for approval. Your registration will be finalised via email.

Once your current expiration date passes, you will need to retake the full course and assessment to be reinstated.

Confirmation Packet:
You will receive a confirmation packet with a letter containing the date and time of the course and the name of the appropriate contact person. Confirmation packets are shipped three weeks prior to the date the course begins.

Confirmation packets will be shipped using UPS to the address provided on the personal information registration page. Please provide a physical shipping address.

What is required to bring to the class:
 – your government issued photo ID
 – your TRAQ Manual (shipped via UPS to the address you provide)
 – your TRAQ Workbook (will be handed out at the class)

 – your hard hat and high visiblity vest or shirt  (required)
 – #2 pencils and clipboard for taking notes and completing worksheets
 – rain gear, including a large ziplock bag (just in case!)
 – 
come prepared to spend part of the day outdoors
 – 
please dress for your comfort level indoors and outdoors; 
    we cannot always control the room 
temperature to suit everyone 

Special Testing Accommodations Requests:
If you have an accommodation request, please complete the Special Accommodations Request Form and submit it with your application. You may find the form online at

www.isa-arbor.com/Accommodations. The process may take up to several months and may not allow enough time to attend this particular class.

 
Refund and Cancellation Policy:
All bookings are confirmed upon full payment to the Queensland Arboricultural Association Inc.

Registrations are limited to 20 people. 
If you wish to cancel your booking, request must be made in writing.

Credits and Refunds:

  • 1 day prior or on the day – no credit or refund.
  • Within 7 days of event – 20% credit or refund.
  • Within 8-30 days of event – 35% credit or refund.
  • Over 31 days before event – full credit or refund.

**Credits are valid within the same calendar year.

Cancellations:

The Queensland Arboricultural Association reserves the right to cancel any activity due to lack of bookings up to two days prior to an event or course.

Please contact us to confirm that your event will go ahead before booking travel or accommodation.

COST:

ISA Member                      $500.00  GST inclusive
QAA Qualified Member     $550.00  GST inclusive
QAA General Member      $600.00  GST inclusive
Non-member                     $700.00  GST inclusive

** If you do not provide ISA Member number before the registration deadline, you will be charged at either member or non-member prices accordingly.

**please refer to our cancellation policy

 

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Email: office@qaa.net.au

02 Sep 2018

Fitzpatrick Insurance Brokers – Tools of the Trade

I have a liability policy, does this cover my Tools.  No!

Tools of Trade cover is a separate policy that provides in most policies Australia Wide cover for all your Tools.  Insurers don’t need an individual list of items but will need a value for them, and some may require you to specify items if they are over a certain value, around $2500 depending on the value of the item.

If any of your Tools got stolen can your business still run?  Or if your entire toolbox was stolen how much would it cost you to replace all of them items in it, including many of the items that you have built up over many years.  Tools of Trade cover can provide cover for these items and not leave you out of pocket or unable to work without these items.

It is important to check your policy on a Tools of Trade policy as sometimes the cover can be limited by either location, or theft exclusions.  For example if a Tool was stolen from a non locked vehicle, toolbox, shed or back of a ute, it may not be covered depending on the insurer.

Can you afford to run your business without your tools?  Or will the small cost of Tools of Trade insurance provide adequate protection to keep you running in a frustrating time when your tools have been stolen.

For assistance with any of your insurance needs please contact Mick Le Grand, Director of Programs at Fitzpatrick & Co. on 03 8544 1634 or email mickl@fitzpatrick.com.au.

Fitzpatrick & Co have specialised in the horticulture and arboriculture industry for over 30 years providing assistance and financial support to companies, associations and events. We are there when your industry needs you.

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