new project 'efmo'


The second new project involving ABA during September saw the launch of European Forest Machine Operators Certification (EFMO) in Czech Republic.

new project 'ester'


September was a busy month for ABA due to our involvement in two new projects. The first of these saw the kick-off meeting held in Czech Republic for the Euro Skills Trainer Register (ESTER) project.

international workshops-latvia


The last week in June proved to be a very busy time for ABA trainers & assessors at the latest international event held in the Baltic state of Latvia. A combination of workshops and meetings covered skills activities in forestry, machinery and arboricultural operations with a large number of participants involved.

forest machine verifications


ABA Verifiers returned to Ireland recently to validate testing procedures in the new development of forest machine operations. Discussions on draft International/European standards and potential implementation across states were very positive with future plans in other countries established.

machinery workshop-uk


Technical update training took place for ABA machinery assessors in the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District-England. In-depth manufacturers training followed by ABA evaluations to new International/European standards for the safe operation of woodchippers and stump grinders hosted by the ABA Lake District Centre.

forest machine workshop-ireland


ABA verifiers and expert group members recently undertook observations and evaluations of forest machinery operations in preparation for a potential new project in this field of activity. Discussions involved current practices and training standards including investigations of potential hazards to operators.