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When Nature Reclaims The World

Author | Peter Chaffin

During the lockdown we have seen the nature strive. As arborists what can we do to help the nature and the environment recover and regenerate?

What a year this is turning out to be with the pandemic and the new terminology of these “unprecedented times” and “flattening the curve!”

As we are the lucky ones that are able to look around us and take stock /reschedule our lives, we see many examples of people and nature rebuilding, repairing and striving to survive.



As ever at TFT we are following the course of nature and seem to be forever reacting and evolving within a whole new world.

So as we all begin to escape our safe isolation restrictions and anxiously await the result of large gatherings and hope for a lack of community transmission, we may well be on the way back to normality, although we don’t know yet when we will be able to call life normal again. 

Anyway, during the lockdown stay home time, it got me thinking that what really matters is that everyone should just work together and look after themselves and their families.

Climbing Arborists And EWP Operators

Author | Peter Chaffin

As I write this, we are finally seeing green again, after a year’s worth of rain fell in a matter of days – with heat, storms and humidity at record levels – no wonder everyone is looking forward to the winter.

At TFT we are busy with a full cohort of students, some who are graduating as trade and Diploma level arborists and some who are just beginning the journey towards achieving their goals.


Chippers, Training and Skills Shortages

Author | Peter Chaffin

Skill shortages, predictions of growth of the arboricultural industry and high standards both in training and work practices are the ‘hot’ topic of this summer issue.

As I write this, here comes 2020 along with summer heat, storms and at last some much needed rain. At Training For Trees we are busy with our current cohort of students and fitting everything in before the big fella aka Santa arrives with a sack full of goodies!

Hopefully, after last month’s edition, you have had a chance to consider your pruning standards and practices and that you continue to realise that you are part of a profession which is a bit like a family, made up from some of the most wonderful individuals involved in the arboricultural industry the world over.

Myths and Legends

Author | Peter Chaffin

This month we answer a few questions frequently raised at training classes. We also look into how to qualify as a professional arborist.

I write this as we head into tax time and beautiful winter temperatures which, after the long hot summer, are making tree work really acceptable – working without your eyes steaming up with sweat, yes how lucky are we? Winter in Queensland really is the time to be an arborist.

Becoming Qualified

Author | Peter Chaffin

A major review of the arboricultural training package and its components is underway. Get involved now and help make the change for good.

Welcome to winter which in South East Queensland is just amazing!

There is a lot happening in our wonderful arboricultural industry at the moment, with probably the most significant overhaul of our industry training package ever undertaken well and truly underway. This is a major review of the arboricultural training package and its components.

Safety Mission

Author | Peter Chaffin

This issue we look into a major review of the training packages and components which is currently underway as well as an audit on WHS White Card Certifications and everything you need to know about safety on the workplace.

Welcome to winter and the Easter bunny season. It’s so nice to feel cooler after the record breaking days above 30 degrees. There is a lot happening in our wonderful industry at the moment. Probably the most significant change underway is a major review of training packages and components, so I hope those of you that are interested in standards of training and its outcomes managed to get a look at the new proposals and sent in any comments you felt were relevant to Skills impact.

Strategy For Training

Words And Images | Peter Chaffin

There are some amazing employment opportunities out there at the moment with well trained and qualified arborists in high demand.

At Training For Trees we are proud to be educating the latest and potentially the greatest up and coming stars of our industry, who will be dedicated to providing a high class service to all things ‘arboricultural’. There are some amazing employment opportunities out there at the moment with well trained and qualified arborists in high demand.

Be a Star of Our Industry

Words And Images | Peter Chaffin

As I write this month’s editorial, Christmas decorations are for sale, the rain has finally arrived in SEQ and it’s amazing to see how fast the vegetation has changed from brown to green

It seems to have happened almost overnight. I’m constantly in awe as to how versatile, tough and adaptable our flora is and how our trees react and maximise their positions within their environment. This serves as a constant reminder of the great privileges we have in our chosen careers. As arborists we are able to work with the largest most amazing dynamic structural living things in the world on a daily basis in the “lucky country” where it sometimes never rain!

Arborists & Training

Words And Images | Peter Chaffin

While with the end of the previous financial year new equipment has been made available to the Training For Trees students, we start off the new tax year with the graduation of the very first apprentice under the latest trade level AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture training package.

We have been busy working with our Certificate III students and are excited to have been able to congratulate Lee Mc Connell as our first apprentice to graduate under the latest trade level AHC30816 Certificate III in Arboriculture training package. We believe and are very proud to say that Lee is the first student to graduate in this current qualification under an apprenticeship scheme in Australia, having completed face-to-face training and assessment with Training For Trees supported by his employer and demonstrating high levels of competence in all of the required 23 units of competency.

Training and Safety

This month we look into Australian Standards and the industry code of practice, useful tools for anyone to refer to for risk management.

Hi to you all, how hot has summer been! Hopefully, you all survived and stayed hydrated and by now are looking at the testimonial beginning of a nice cool winter period.

In between the hectic schedule at Training For Trees the task came around to write this next article for The Australian Arbor Age magazine with a theme based around equipment maintenance so here goes.

As you will all know it is a legal requirement that any personal protective clothing, machinery, tools and equipment used in the workplace conforms to the relevant Australian Standards, is fit for purpose, in good working order and well maintained.


  • AHC30816
    Certificate III in Arboriculture
    Next Date: 27th January, 2021
  • Diploma of Arboriculture - Online Delivery
    Next Date: 28th January, 2021

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