Jun 27, 2016Posted by ABA Admin

Chainsaw Success Denmark

ABA members & Vet-Safety project members returned to Denmark recently for continuation training of potential ABA chainsaw assessors. Many participants were already holders of the European Chainsaw Certificate having qualified in previous training events. 5 days of intensive training also included tree climbing & aerial use of chainsaws (includes the new European Chainsaw Qualification), use of winching equipment and remote 1st aid training.

Participants undertook assessor training, supervised assessments and verification under observation by experienced ABA members representing industry & awarding bodies. The successful newly qualified ABA assessors received their certificates prior to enjoying the midsummer celebrations. Assessors that successfully met the standards represent the following countries where ABA chainsaw qualifications are available:

Certificate Award Denmark
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovakia
  • Latvia
  • Ireland
  • Romania

A number of other chainsaw instructors have also progressed to reach the next stages of assessor training & evaluation at upcoming events. More information is available via the Secretariat.


May 15, 2016Posted by ABA Admin


Another successful skills event has recently been undertaken in Slovenia hosted by ABA awarding body members SGLS Postojna. The event included training & assessment in chainsaw & tree climbing skills which involved over 25 participants and support staff from ABA International. The new European chainsaw safety at heights qualification-A2 was successfully completed by some of the candidates & results appraised for the Erasmus + Vet-Safety project during the 3-day event. Assessor workshops were also undertaken & new ABA skills assessors were trained and evaluated during the event.


Apr 10, 2016Posted by ABA Admin

Romania Skills event 2016

ABA International skills trainers, assessors & verifiers held their latest assessor training event in Romania. The event took place over 5 days located in the Carpathian Mountains with the support of the University of Transylvania. The event was led by experienced skills verifiers from Skovskolen, University of Copenhagen-Denmark and NPTC/City & Guilds-Great Britain during splendid spring sunshine.

The key focus of this event was on technical standard setting for chainsaw skill levels 1-3. The successful assessor workshops included mock and live candidate tests. New ABA accredited certificate holders have now been registered on the international database whilst unsuccessful participants plan to be re-assessed during further events. Further progress and current research on the Vet-Safety project was discussed and ideas exchanged.


Dec 16, 2015Posted by ABA Admin

London 2015

Early December 2015 saw an ABA International event held this time near London - Great Britain. Co-hosted by Crawley Borough Council and supported by County Tree Surgeons the event was a great success. Over 30 participants were involved in a variety of skills activities during the 5 day event. This included training in European chainsaw techniques ECC/ICC levels 1-3, Emergency First Aid, the two new European Arborist qualifications, use of a mobile elevating work platform and assessor workshops. By the end of a very busy week a total of 60 skills assessments had been undertaken during the event, a number of these were carried out by the newly approved ABA assessors under supervision to a very high standard. Further assessor training events will take place throughout 2016.


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