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Dear Station Members,
It is the pleasure of ISA HK/China to inform you that we now run close to the biggest Certified Arborist (CA) Exam in our territory of HK, Macau, Taiwan & China with more than 195 candidates qualified for the Nov exam, for which we have to split into two separate sessions so that we can accommodate all in Nov & Dec.
Our Proctor & Assistant Proctor strength has also grown to a phenomenal 18 no. so that we can cope with the expanding number of candidates. We can further increase this number if we have a genuine need in time to come when the ISA exams will spill further into Taiwan & China.
With facts & performance, ISA HK/China can very well tell the world that we are bearing the fore front to establish ISA in our territory & we have not failed anyone bearing hope on us to bring in proper Tree Care to our community. Our Station Membership is now close to 1,000 no. in ISA HK/China alone & there is another +200 no. in TCHK. We are now negotiating with ISA New Zealand to bring in the National Certificate in Arboriculture which is a Commonwealth credential to our territory so that in future, our local candidates do not need to go overseas for this practical training to learn how to conduct Tree Work in the field. The training is expected to come out in March 2010 & we shall announce it in Station Mail in time for all those interested to join (around 20 places only).
For your additional information, the Station Manger has already agreed to take part in the first round of the NZ National Cert training to boost intake, even though training does not bring as much income as Tree Assessment & Tree Work for the Station Manager, as his commitment to develop ISA Arboriculture in our territory. The Station Manger has trained Commonwealth Champion like KW Lee & the Fung Kai Tree Climbers. He has also given training in various Govt Depts for Arboricultural knowledge & has taken more Court Witness cases than anyone in HK.
Therefore, ISA HK/China wishes to thank you all for your continuous support. With all of you by our side, Taiwan & China will not be far away for ISA to break into. Once China is heated up for ISA credentials, there may even be a CA exam in one of the 900 cities in China every single day to satisfy their public demand. By then, the world will look upon us with a different spectrum for an ISA Organization without funding & open Govt support, but growing & running well by a dedicated group of enthusiasts, to accomplish a mission impossible which has never been attempted or succeeded by others before within the time & scale we have achieved.
"If a tree is not designed, installed, maintained & inspected properly, it is likely to become a liability rather than an asset."
"Trees are good for the community. Trees need care like human beings. Arborists are the Tree Care Professionals."