The School of Horticulture at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) invites applications for part-time Non-Regular Type 1 contract instructors to be added to our Qualified Faculty List to teach in our Climbing Arborist Apprenticeship program, which runs for eight-
weeks from October 22 to December 14, 2018.
Apprenticeship links learning and employment by providing apprentices the opportunity to further their education, while maintaining full-
time employment in the horticulture industry.
The successful candidates will teach the courses listed below in our Climbing Arborist Apprenticeship program, which is the second of three sequential certificates for the Arboriculture Trade.
Climbing Arborist Apprentice training focuses on the climbing and technical skills used while working in trees. Apprentices learn to perform tree risk assessments, pruning, and removal of trees.
Apprentices also learn how to safely use climbing and aerial lift devices, and rope and rope-tools for rigging. Apprentices will learn to identify and remediate mechanical injuries, damage, abiotic tree disorders, and common root and crown disorders.
1. AARB 1021 Tree Identification
A Climbing Arborist has a working knowledge of a variety of different tree species and can identify them using a variety of different methodologies.
Apprentices will identify a variety of tree species common to British Columbia using several different methodologies. Apprentices will describe the morphological characteristics of a variety of common trees including buds, leaf scar, stems, bark, inflorescences, leaf arrangement and morphology, and growth habit.
The apprentice will also select appropriate trees for planting on site conditions and assess the trees prior to installation. (Lines D7, D13)
2. AARB 1023 Power Equipment and Emergency Response
A Climbing Arborist will occasionally have to perform an emergency aerial evacuation procedure for themselves or others in a safe and effective manner.
The apprentice will learn to perform an aerial position emergency rescue in a safe and effective manner, according to Industry standards and the authorities having jurisdiction.
Climbing Arborists use an aerial lift truck to access trees to perform a variety of tree care activities. The apprentice will learn how to safely operate an aerial lift truck and perform a variety of arboriculture tasks. (Lines B5, H6)
3. AARB 1024 Tree Pruning
A Climbing Arborist regularly prunes a wide variety of trees using appropriate techniques and tools. Given the necessary equipment, the apprentice will be able to prune a wide variety of trees using appropriate techniques and tools, according to Industry standards including hedge pruning, pollarding and fruit trees. (Lines D12)
4. AARB 1025 Rigging and Regulations
Climbing Arborists must know the legislation and regulations that pertain to their work on the job site. They will regularly asses the work site for a variety of risks including specific ground risks, tree risks, and weather risks.
Apprentices will formulate and communicate a risk management plan. The apprentice will use rigging techniques to remove large trees or portions of trees in aerial situations, confined locations, or when surrounded by obstacles with a low impact focus, according to Industry standards and the authorities having jurisdiction. (Lines F5, F6, A5, A6)
5. AARB 1026 Climbing and Planning
The Climbing Arborist will often carry out a site inspection as part of the job site risk assessment. They must understand factors and associated risks influencing the safe execution of the job and then use this understanding to develop safe procedures while working on the site.
Apprentices will learn to select appropriate climbing equipment and inspect it for safety so that they will be able to select and use the appropriate climbing techniques for the job.
They will demonstrate safe climbing techniques including body thrust and foot locking. (Lines I1-4, G2-5)
Please view the program timetable below for dates, days, and times for when each of these courses are offered during the eight-
week program Climbing Arborist Fall 2018.pdf
Posting will close when suitable candidate(s) have been chosen.