Certificate of Competence in Subtropical Urban Tree Care

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

 

 
July 11, 2014