Ontario commercial arborists association

AMM & Redefining the Arborist Profession

  • November 15, 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Redefining the Arborist Profession - A determinate path to recognition

Gather together with other trade professionals and help us develop a clear path to developing the next generation of arborists.

Together we will take the first step in creating new certifications. Certifications that can be used to establish measurable skill sets among our students, create a level playing field during tendering, create pay scales that are fair and encourage long term growth and success of our people.

Join with us on November 15, 2019, to fill in the blanks:


Support 1

Support 2

Climber 1

Climber 2





Job Description



Competency Testing
(Skill and %)

Experience (How long working under a mentor)

Pay Range



Ground Worker 1: Entry Level Employee,

  • Effectively sets up traffic control and manages the most common hazards associated with securing the job site.
  • Aids the staff working aloft by using a small selection of knots, basic rigging equipment and a chainsaw.
  • Safely uses a chainsaw and chipper in an effective manner to ensure efficiency and productivity,
  • Understands and carries out the basic maintenance needs of all the tools and equipment they have been trained on.
  • Cleans up the work site in an efficient manner to protect persons, property, and equipment.

Ground Worker 2: Production Staff,

  • Assists staff working aloft with rigging operations; installation, use, and care of the equipment is all apart of this role.
  • Equipment operations include stump grinder and large chainsaws as well as pruning tools.
  • Basic understanding of pruning cuts and how to correctly prune common juvenile trees and shrubs.
  • Drives G class vehicle.

Climber 1: Entry Level climber,

  • Identifies a shortlist of common trees and understands the common physical expectations/limitations of each.
  • Installs, and uses a work positioning system safely and efficiently to access trees up to 50’.
  • Uses manual tools aloft to perform basic tree care tasks (deadwood, structural improvements, reduction etc….) with very little direction.
  • Able to use a rope for lowering materials to the ground.

Climber 2: Production Climber,

  • Effectively plans the flow of work to ensure jobs are completed safely and efficiently
  • Uses advanced rigging systems safely and effectively
  • Makes educated decisions about plant health care to perform tree maintenance activities
  • Identifies a long list of tree and shrub species that are common in the province, understands the
  • dynamics of the structure, associated hazards, and pruning techniques

Climber/Operator: production climber who operates equipment

  • Inspects, operates and maintains a truck-mounted aerial lift
  • Inspects, operates, and maintains a truck-mounted knuckle boom
  • Maintains a DZ license
  • Plans and executes a crane assisted tree removal

Utility: clears vegetation in proximity to energized conductors

  • Inspects, operates and maintains dielectric tools
  • Demonstrates a thorough knowledge of electrical trade theory
  • Inspects, operates and maintains the off-road aerial device
  • Identifies utilities and all associated components
  • Maintains exterminator Licence for Industrial Vegetation
  • Inspects, operates and maintains all-terrain vehicles (boat, ATV, snowmobile)

Plant Health Care:

  • Maintains Exterminators Licences for Landscape and Forestry
  • Identifies common pests and pathogens commonly found in Ontario
  • Produces written Integrated Pest Management plans


  • Working knowledge of Integrated Pest Management creates and writes plans
  • Writes detailed reports for municipalities and other agencies on the topics of Tree Risk
  • Assessment, Tree Valuation, Tree Preservation, and Soil management
  • Working knowledge of construction practices and recommends remediation practices for tree preservation
  • Working knowledge of Arboriculture practices and recommends services to manage urban trees


  • 7 am-8 am Registration & Coffee
  • 8 am-9 am AMM: OCAA Business Meeting - What happened this year, what are the plans for the future
    Review of the last minutes, Committee Reports as per members' email and Board Nominations.
  • 9 am-9:30 am
    Introduction to the Discussion “Redefining the Arborist Profession”
  • 9:30 am-10 am - Coffee Break 
  • 10 am-12 pm
    Brainstorming, “fill in the blanks”
  • 12 pm-1 pm - Lunch 
  • 1 pm-3 pm
    Review and discussion
  • 3 pm-3:30 pm - Coffee Break
  • 3:30 pm-5 pm
    Next steps; where do we go from here? 
  • 6 pm
    Dinner & Social Gathering 

Need A Hotel Close By? 

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Oshawa Downtown
67 Simcoe Street North , Oshawa, Ontario L1G 4S3
1 877 660 8550

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