Training and Certification

June 2015 - Trunk Island

As part of Brown and Company’s donation to the BAMZ Trunk Island project, we recently donated the time for four of our tree unit for a day to carry out instruction in basic chainsaw, brushwood chipper and ground work operation for the volunteers involved in the restoration of the island and other sites around Bermuda.  The four of us conducted the integrated training and certification course for approximately 20 volunteers based on the City and Guilds/NPTC level two certification which lasted all day on site on Trunk Island. 

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The course covered daily maintenance and safety checks of the equipment, risk assessments, correct PPE, safe transport, set up and storage of equipment, setting up a work zone and the work within that zone and the operation of the equipment to carry out a range of basic ground based tree operations.  Following the successful completion of the course the volunteers were awarded certificates of competence.

 

 

 

 

 

Besco May 2015

May 2015 - BESCO

As part of our training and certification service we recently certified three staff members from BESCO in the safe operation of mobile elevated work platforms.  The integrated training and certification course is based on the City and Guilds/NPTC level two certification and lasted approximately a day.  It covered daily maintenance and safety checks of the equipment, transport and storage, safe set up of a work zone and the equipment within that zone and the operation of the equipment to reach various targets.  Following the successful completion of the course the three BESCO staff were awarded certificates of competence.

December 2013

In November, Eoghin Walsh our tree surgeon was accredited as a Certified Treecare Safety Profeesional (CTSP) by the Tree Care Industry Association in America. The accreditation follows a year of distance learing and review of submitted course work and supporting evidence followed by a rigorous three day training programme and examination held in Charlotte North Carolina.
The Tree Care Industry Association is the professional trade body in the USA lobbying for and promoting professional arboriculture and tree care to the general public, training and education for those within the trade and the necessity of proper safety and health procedures and practices within what is inherently one of the more dangerous professions.
The CTSP accreditation is intended to 'improve worker safety by empowering and encouraging employers and employees to develop and nurture a culture of safety within their organisation' and, as with all successful programmes, requires participation by all involved. Through gaining this accreditation it is our intention to ensure that is exactly what will happen at Brown and Company. Importantly, to maintain CTSP accreditation we will be audited every three years and have to submit evidence that we participate in a number of personal training and development programmes, staff training and business development events every year.
While at the TCIA conference, we also took the opportunity to attend a number of seminars, demonstrations and lectures in an effort to keep current and up to date with arboricultural and horticultural best practices, improved work techniques and equipment, health and safety standards and general improvement in our business in the ever changing industry. We also had the valuable opportunity to meed and network with committed tree care professionals from across America and around the world.
It is worth mentioning that there are only around 1,000 CTSP's across the whole of north America.

August 2013

Our lead tree surgeon and tree unit team leader, Justin Horsfall has recently passed the ISA Certified Arborist training and exam process. The accreditation follows a year of distance learning and review of submitted course work and supporting evidence followed by a rigorous examination process.
In doing so Justin joins the ranks of arborists and tree surgeons throughout North America, Europe and around the world who are committed to high quality, professional tree care. Justin adds the ISA certification to his existing City and Guilds and NPTC qualifications as further credentials toward his continued professional development. He is now fully qualified to carry out tree surveys and examinations, risk assessments and expert reports in addition to the practical climbing, pruning, felling tasks he already undertakes.
Founded in 1924, The International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) has served the tree care industry for more than 80 years as a scientific and educational organization. Through research, technology, and education, the International Society of Arboriculture promotes the professional practice of arboriculture and fosters a greater worldwide awareness of the benefits of trees. ISA continues to be a dynamic medium through which arborists around the world share their experience and knowledge for the benefit of society. ISA is aligned on many fronts with other green organizations and is working hard to foster a better understanding of trees and tree care through research and the education of professionals as well as global efforts to inform tree care consumers. Importantly, to maintain ISA Certification Justin will be audited every three years and have to submit evidence that he continues participate in a number of personal training and development programmes, staff training and business development events every year.

February 2013

Our lead tree surgeon and tree unit team leader, Justin Horsfall, our tree surgeon Eoghin Walsh and I have recently been accredited and certified under the Electrical Hazard Awareness Programme (EHAP) by the Tree Care Industry Association in the USA. In doing so we join the ranks of many tree care professionals who work around energized electrical conductors throughout North America. The accreditation follows three months of distance learning and review of submitted course work and supporting evidence, including extensive aerial rescue training.
The EHAP accreditation is intended to improve the tree workers awareness and respect for electrical hazards and highlight and improve the skills required to work safely around electricity.
The EHAP accreditation is recognised as appropriate certification for tree care professionals (or their equipment) to work safely within the ten foot minimum clearance zone, but not closer than 2½ feet of energized conductors up to 15kV as specified in the OSHA 1910.269, ANSI Z133.1 and the National Electrical Safety Code. Importantly, to maintain EHAP accreditation we will be audited every three years and have to submit evidence that we have updated our CPR and aerial rescue training.

December 2011

In November, Martin and our lead tree surgeon and tree unit team leader, Justin Horsfall were both accredited as a Certified Treecare Safety Profeesional (CTSP) by the Tree Care Industry Association in America. The accreditation follows a year of distance learing and review of submitted course work and supporting evidence followed by a rigorous three day training programme and examination held in Hartford Connecticut.
The Tree Care Industry Association is the professional trade body in the USA lobbying for and promoting professional arboriculture and tree care to the general public, training and education for those within the trade and the necessity of proper safety and health procedures and practices within what is inherently one of the more dangerous professions.
The CTSP accreditation is intended to 'improve worker safety by empowering and encouraging employers and employees to develop and nurture a culture of safety within their organisation' and, as with all successful programmes, requires particupation by all involved. Through gaining this accreditation it is our intention to ensure that is exactly what will happen at Brown and Company. Importantly, to maintain CTSP accreditation we will be audited every three years and have to submit evidence that we participate in a number of personal training and development programmes, staff training and business development events every year.
While at the TCIA conference, we also took the opportunity to attend a number of seminars, demonstrations and lectures in an effort to keep current and up to date with arboricultural and horticultural best practices, improved work techniques and equipment, health and safety standards and general improvement in our business in the ever changing industry. We also had the valuable opportunity to meet and network with committed tree care professionals from across America and around the world.
It is worth mentioning that there are only around 900 CTSP's across the whole of north America - of which we are 2!
September 2011
We are pleased to announce that one of our new young Bermudian employees has been accepted on the Certificate of Basic Horticulture course at the Bermuda College and we are sponsoring him to achieve his goals. Additionally we have hired another young Bermudian on this course as an apprentice in order to provide him with his necessary work place experience.
Martin will be assisting the Bermuda College with this course in his capacity as adjunct faculty and City and Guilds/National Proficiency Test Council assessor and verifier. This is particularly rewarding for Martin as the course at the Bermuda College follows the model that he commissioned and helped to develop while at the Department of Parks and is based on the City and Guilds level 2 curriculum.
We wish both Juan and Dominique all the very best.
In an effort to promote the horticultural industry in Bermuda and current standards and best practices, Brown and Company also provides horticultural and arboricultural training and certification to N.T.P.C (National Proficiency Test Council)/City and Guilds standards. These are the standards have been adopted by Bermuda's National Training Board and will eventually govern horticultural and arboricultural trades licensing in Bermuda. All key Brown and Company staff are trained to these standards. This training is available to private individuals and associated trades people on an individual or group basis. Please contact us for training schedules and outlines and course availability.

Through our own in-house training, health and safety, code of practice, environmental protection and standards of workmanship policies our goal is to make Brown and Company the most responsible corporate citizen we can be in the horticultural sector.

"It was a wonderful surprise to come home and find our tree upright! Thank you." ... K.W. March 28 2015