"Utility Arborist" means a person who undertakes any work required to prune or clear vegetation in proximity* to energized electrical equipment, structures and conductors or who in the course of utility line clearing operations, prunes, falls or removes trees which could come into contact with energized power lines. (*Proximity is defined as a distance of three meters or less from a primary conductor with a voltage of 750 volts or greater.)
Only certified Utility Arborists and Utility Arborist apprentices are permitted to perform tree pruning or falling work in proximity to energized power lines in British Columbia.
Note: The Utility Arborist challenge pathway is only open to challengers who have trade-related work experience from outside of BC.
Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience
- How to Apply
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- Application Form
- Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
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- Employer Declaration
- Document of relevant work experience
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- Statutory Declaration
- Attestation for self-employment/work experience when employer cannot be contacted
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