Being a tree arborist requires more than a fearless love of climbing trees. It does require that, but more so, you need a real understanding of the tree itself. To be successful you need training, skills, and the ability to operate specialised equipment under a variety of dangerous conditions.

Training Required to Become a Professional Tree Arborist

To become a professional tree cutter in Auckland, you would first need to get certified to meet the criteria necessary to obtain insurance and bonding. One way to accomplish this is by entering into employment as an apprentice tree cutter with a reputable arborist company. Your time is spent working and learning the practical skills needed to perform the job of a tree arborist. Another way is by enrolling in a structured training course with a registered provider.

Training to become a nationally qualified arborist in New Zealand requires discipline and focus. It’s not only about learning the techniques to perform tree cutting services but also ensuring that you can operate in a safe and environmentally efficient manner. Certified trainers will assess your skills and competency in tree cutting and tree pruning services before recommending you for certification as an arborist. Continuing education and training is needed to maintain the certification.

The Professional Arborist’s Skill-Set

Running a professional arborist service requires more than business know-how or the ability to offer competitive tree cutting prices or even providing excellent customer relations. There is a very special skill-set needed for arborists which include the following;

  • Interest and understanding of the science of arboriculture or horticulture
  • Logical, strategic and critical thinking skills
  • Planning, organisational, and solid communication skills
  • Ability to work at heights and in dangerous or precarious situations
  • Ability to function as a team member
  • Problem-solving and methodical approaches

Specialised Tree Cutting Tools and Equipment

Arborists must be able to drive trucks and heavy equipment such as excavators around work sites. They must know how to use chainsaws, handsaws and pruning equipment safely. Specialised skills using ropes, harnesses and climbing equipment and throw lines are needed to prune difficult to reach trees. Other equipment used are stump grinders, large volume wood chippers, cherrypickers and winches. Safety is a primary concern. Therefore personal protective equipment is needed including ear protection, helmets, goggles, gloves and boots. Precautions must be taken to protect the safety of the public and the property of others, as well. This practice often requires employing traffic control measures or placing signs.

Becoming an arborist is more than learning to climb and prune trees. It’s part art and part science – and requires as much brains as it does brawn. Arborist training is essential to ensure the safety of person, property, and the environment. Skills must be honed and techniques perfected to properly utilise the tools and equipment required to provide customers in the Auckland and North Shore area with the professional tree cutting services they need at fair prices. Contact A1 Sure Services for a free quote from one of our professionally trained arborists today.