In April 2014, the ABA International skills register (e-Passport) recorded its 1st successful UK female chainsaw operator-Raegan McKay. Raegan received her e-Passport (ID no. UK0000001) following completion & validation of her basic felling techniques assessments, undertaken in the UK. In addition to her UK qualification she currently holds the European/International Chainsaw Certificates Level 1&2.
Now ABA International has a new addition to the arborist section of the rapidly expanding skills register namely Esther Sands from the UK (ID no. UK0000030). Esther has proudly become the 1st female arborist in the UK to be assessed to the new European/International standards for arborists. In addition to holding the European/International Chainsaw Certificates Level 1&2, Esther also now holds the pioneering new European/International Arborist Certificates Level 1&2 which include tree climbing, pruning & aerial rescue techniques and tree climbing & aerial chainsaw techniques. Many more assessments in the new European/International vocational standards for arborists will be undertaken by ABA International partners throughout Europe during 2015.
Esther pictured right commented â€˜I think the international ID system is a great idea as it means arborists can easily show employers/ customers / contractors their qualifications electronically without having to use a paper system which can easily be lost. It is also good for employers to be able to quickly look an arborist up online. It's great to see the industry developing and moving forward with a lot of hard work from ABA, and the digital ID system is a great way of showing that the arboricultural world is continuing to develop.â€™