Taiwan will Hold its First Chinese Arborist Exam Next Month

Taiwan will Hold its First Chinese Arborist Exam Next Month
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Arborists, also known as arboriculturists, are people who specialize in arboriculture. Their job includes planting, researching, growing and managing different kinds of trees such as shrubs, vines or other perennial woody plants. They are also usually referred to as tree doctors.

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In August this year, typhoon Soudelor invaded Taiwan with a wind level of 17, blowing down tens of thousands of trees. Many people therefore expressed the hope of asking experts specialized in pruning the trees to help out with the aftermath.

On December 5, Taiwan Arboriculture Society (TAS) composed of representatives from horticultural and forestry industries in Taiwan will hold the first arborist exam in Chinese, and New Taipei City government also says that there is already a tree pruning certification system. It will also be working with arborist certifications in the future.

Arborists, also known as arboriculturists, are people who specialize in arboriculture. Their job includes planting, researching, growing and managing different kinds of trees such as shrubs, vines or other perennial woody plants. They are also usually referred to as tree doctors.

TAS chairman Li You-tian explains the International Society of Arboriculture’s arborist system, which includes arborists and tree workers. There are four kinds of arborists. First, one has to pass the exam and become a certified arborist. After three years, he or she will be able to take an advanced exam to become either an urban forest specialist or utility specialist.

With years of experiences, one can apply for the exam to become a board certified master arborist. An arborist’s main responsibility is to diagnose trees and present reports.

UDN reports, TAS says this basic level arborist exam encompasses soil management, tree species identification, planting, cultivating, pruning, diagnosing and treating and forestry management. It also includes the environmental assessment before planting the trees, planting techniques and the maintenance after planting. After obtaining the arborist certification, there are jobs offered in Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau and China.

The New Taipei City government launched a tree pruning certification last year and only qualified workers can undertake work regarding trees. There are already more than 1,200 people who have received the certification, and the government says that it will propose to make adjustments of the content and frequency of the exams next year in order to enjoy mutual benefits with the arborist system.

Translated by Vic Chiang
Edited by Olivia Yang

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