Implement a tree pruning program

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Evidence Guide
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Self Assessment Survey
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for tree pruning

1.1. Trees are visually inspected and all branches to be removed are identified according to the pruning requirements of the program.

1.2. Removal stages are nominated to ensure the program is undertaken without unnecessary damage to the trees.

1.3. Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) hazards are identified, risks assessed and suitable controls implemented.

1.4. Pruning tools and equipment are selected and prepared according to the extent of the pruning program.

1.5. Climbing equipment and machinery is selected, checked for damage or imperfections and prepared according to documented low risk work procedures and manufacturers specifications.

1.6. Identification and establishment of work exclusion zone is implemented.

2. Implement tree pruning

2.1. Climbing equipment and machinery is operated according to documented low risk work procedures and manufacturers' specifications.

2.2. Pruning cuts are implemented according to established pruning techniques and AS4373 Pruning of Amenity Trees as required.

2.3. Program is implemented in such a way that no damage occurs to equipment, property or personnel.

2.4. Site environmental concerns are adhered to in accordance with relevant legislation and/or regulations.

2.5. Waste material is mechanically processed according to documented guidelines and manufacturers' specifications.

2.6. Site is cleared and cleaned according to documented guidelines.

3. Assess pruning quality

3.1. Trees selected for the pruning program are visually checked to ensure that the appropriate trees have been pruned to specifications.

3.2. Stub length and pruned height are checked to ensure that they meet the pruning requirements of the program and AS4373 Pruning of amenity trees.

3.3. Any incorrect pruning is rectified to ensure the tree is able to sustain its growth, natural habit and form.

3.4. Completed program of pruning is recorded and communicated to management and/or the client.

Qualifications and Skillsets

AHCARB303A appears in the following qualifications:

  • AHC30710 - Certificate III in Horticulture
  • AHC30810 - Certificate III in Arboriculture