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Certificate of Competence in Subtropical Urban Tree Care

 
 

For more information, contact Dave Ringuette

The Certificate in Subtropical Urban Tree Care (STUTC) is a 12 to 14 credit educational program for people wanting to learn more about tree care and get involved in this green industry.  This is hands-on education with lots of tree touching.  Completion of this program will help prepare people for the International Society of Arboriculture certification exams.


Trees:

  • provide beauty and a sense of peace
  • are living memorials
  • create animal habitat
  • increase privacy
  • have economic value (the banyan tree at Moanalua Gardens earns $400,000 per year)
  • remove air pollutants (absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen)
  • moderate temperature and wind

Windward Community College will have the only accredited educational program to learn how to care for our island trees.  Graduates can start earning between $11 and $25 per hour for helping protect some of our island assets and enhance our environment.


Program Learning Outcomes

After completing the Arborist program, students will be able to:

  • Describe tree anatomy and physiology
  • Identify and characterize tree species on the Hawai'i ISA list
  • Recommend tree preservation techniques during construction
  • Use ISA pruning standard ANZI A300
  • Apply ANSI Z133,1 and OSHA safety standards
  • Assess trees for risk
  • Select and use tree pruning and felling equipment

Students completing the Tree Worker program will:

  • Describe tree anatomy and physiology
  • Identify and characterize tree species on the Hawai'i ISA list
  • Use ISA pruning standard ANSI A300
  • Apply ANSI Z133.1 and OSHA safety standards
  • Select and use tree pruning and felling equipment
  • Climb a tree with rope and saddle

Arborist Focus


Tree Worker Focus


CIP code: 03.0508


Required Equipment

  • Protective helmet in conformance with ANSI Z89.1
  • Protective eye wear in conformance with ANSI Z87.1
  • Hearing protection
  • Sturdy work boots suitable for tree cutting and climbing
  • Sturdy gloves suitable for tree climbing

 

 

page last updated: July 11, 2014

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