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Professional Tree Inspection and Survey (LANTRA CLMC58X)

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Lantra Awards Technical Award in Professional Tree Inspection - ITA Course


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This advanced course in Professional Tree Inspection is designed to equip learners to clearly and competently inspect potentially hazardous trees as part of their main duties and then write appropriate and detailed remedial works (control measures) with appropriate time scales or priorities indicated.The course will contain elements relevant to the above that will be assessed at the end of the training period. As a pre-requisite of attending the course it is fully expected that learners will have a detailed knowledge of tree biology, the tree as an undamaged self-optimised structure, biological and mechanical weaknesses, pathology, legislation, remedial options and their likely implications and the British Standard 3998 Recommendations for Treework.Also any other specific arboricultural knowledge such as may affect detection and measurement of tree defects and recommendation of control measures that reduce the risk posed to an acceptable level.

Target audience:
Prospective learners should be experienced and qualified arboriculturists with an in-depth knowledge of plant and arboricultural science, including a thorough knowledge of wood decaying fungi, identification and interpretation of signs and symptoms of ill health and structural failure across a wide range of tree species and circumstances. They should be thoroughly experienced in carrying out tree inspection and survey.

People professionally involved in:

  • Arboriculture – specifically tree inspection.

Learners must be physically fit and able to carry out the tasks required of the course programme.

Description:
Our three-day course aims to provide specific tree inspection training at an advanced level for competent arboriculturists. This will enable you to identify defects from ground level, from a climbed inspection or inspection aided by the use of a Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP)*. This professional tree training course will train you in how to specify the necessary remedial works and record the inspection process; this would then form a part of a defensible system.

At the end of the course you will undertake a competence based assessment directly related to tree inspection. The course is not aimed at covering report writing; however, presentation of findings will be examined and advice given.

*Tree climbing and use of MEWP will not be required during the course.

Objectives:

On completion of the course, learners will have been given the information to:

  • Recognise the role of the tree inspector in risk management.
  • Identify the legal framework in the context of statute and common law that affect tree inspection and the duties and liabilities of the owner, manager and inspector.
  • Summarise how a tree system functions, what constitutes a safe tree and know that energy is required to keep the tree in a healthy/safe state.
  • Adopt a systematic and consistent methodology for carrying out visual tree inspection at an advanced level with the aid of binoculars, mallet and probe.
  • Collect data out in the field in accordance with the inspection instructions (having determined the scope and limitations) using a suitable format. (For this course a written survey template with appropriate headings will be used).
  • Recognise a range of observable mechanical and biological defects as seen in trees and confirm by the use of textbooks where necessary.
  • Identify a range of commonly seen pests, diseases and disorders that affect tree safety, confirm their identity by the use of textbooks, where necessary, and state the arboricultural significance of finding them in the field.
  • State the appropriate control/remedial measures required to eliminate or reduce risks identified in the inspection process to an acceptable level.
  • Determine when an aerial inspection is required, also if pro-active management recommendations can be made which may eliminate future defects from forming.
  • Prioritise the necessary tree/management works with time scales based on a broad category of risk assessment.
  • Identify when it is appropriate to recommend the use of decay detecting or measuring equipment, based on a basic knowledge of the working principles of commonly available equipment.
  • Understand that a balance between the remedial measure opted for and the range of benefits/values that a tree may have requires special attention, for example amenity, wildlife, historical, veteran, rarity and public access

Course sessions:

  • The legal framework
  • Basic inspection
  • The tree
  • Visual tree assessment
  • Principal fungi decay organisms
  • Mechanical symptoms of defects
  • Tree inspection equipment
  • Data recording
  • Making and writing remedial actions
  • Hazard evaluation
  • Introduction to decay detection and measuring equipment

Pre-course Reading List

  1. Lonsdale, D. (1999). Principles of Tree Hazard and management, Research for Amenity Trees No 7, Stationery Office, London
  2. Mattheck, C 7 Breloer, H. (1994). The Body Language of Trees, Research for Amenity Trees No 4, Stationery Office, London
  3. Strouts, R.G & Winter, T.G (1994). Diagnosis of Ill Health in Trees, Research for Amenity Trees No 2, Stationery Office, London.
  4. Davis, C., Fay, N & Maynors, C. (2000). Veteran Trees: a guide to risk and responsibility. Englisg Nature, Peterborough.
  5. Shigo, A.L (1991). Modern Aboriculture. Shigo & Tree Associates, Durham, NH, USA
  6. Weber, K., & Mattheck, C. (2003). Manual of Wood Decay in Trees, The Arboriculural Association
  7. Recommendations for Tree Work. BS 3998. (1989 with 1990 amendment) British Standards Institute, London.
  8. Tree identification book(s)
  9. Fungi identification book(s)

This is a 3 day course

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