Euro Skills Trainer Register (ESTER)


Project No: 2019-1-CZ01-KA202-061371

Co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union

The ESTER project has been designed to meet the needs of European skills trainers and VET organisations. Recent European statistics highlight an unacceptable workplace fatality rate associated with skilled operations undertaken in the agriculture and forestry sectors of industry. The ESTER project will focus on key high-risk activities within those sectors. For example, falls from a height and machinery crush injuries are well-known risks which can be better prevented through quality training provision. Partners aim to build upon the successful work of previous projects which developed, for example the International/European Chainsaw Certificate (ICC/ECC), with an aim to provide a recognised European skills trainer qualification. In order to enhance training delivery, the ESTER project aims to facilitate best practice & high-quality instruction standards & techniques amongst VET providers and skills trainers of courses across Europe and beyond, exchanging knowledge, training innovations and expertise in the process leading to safer trainers and trainees.

The ultimate project goal and key needs were as follows:
1. Develop an innovative formal standardised European skills trainer qualification, registration and CPD process
2. Develop innovative training materials for the benefit of trainers and trainees
3. Reduce workplace fatality, incident rates and associated economic and personal costs within specific sectors of agriculture and forestry

Achieving the key needs requires the following objectives to be met:
1. Develop innovative European occupational standards for skills trainers in train the trainer (TTT)
2. Improve transparency and recognition of trainer skills via innovative European qualifications accredited by ABA International
3. Enhance trainer mobility and employability throughout Europe
4. Encourage and promote life-long learning and continuous professional development of registered European trainers

Project Participants:
The project team is a highly experienced and motivated partnership of industry and training specialists with a desire to improve training standards for the benefit of skilled operator safety in the sectors outlined. Meet the Team:

Czech Certification Agency - Project Coordinator (CZECH REPUBLIC)

National Forest Centre (SLOVAKIA)

Transilvania University of Brasov (ROMANIA)

Internationally and Socially Active - Arborists, Treecare Specialists Association - ISA-AKK (LATVIA)

North West Forest Services (UK)

Mendel University (CZECH REPUBLIC)

Forestry School SGLZŠ Postojná (SLOVENIA)


Arb Tree Care (UK)



Project Activities:

The project life-cycle includes a number of tasks required to achieve the needs and objectives. These include for example:
• Industry consultations
• Seminar presentations
• Training the trainer events
• Trainer upskilling and best practice events
• Development of a European Trainer Skills Register-ESTER
• Continuous project dissemination
• International certification events
• Production of new European training guidance materials

The project was undertaken in the following 3 stages:
Stage 1: (Start-Up)
Project management meetings: task lists, dissemination plans etc.
Train the trainer meetings: upskilling, sharing best practice etc.
Develop training standards
Undertake project promotional activities

Stage 2: (Implementation)
Follow-up project management meetings:
Train the trainer meetings: skills consolidation, practice new techniques, pilot test new qualifications etc.
Develop new VET training materials

Stage 3: (Certification)
Live test new European certifications in partner countries
Finalise new VET trainer and trainee training materials
Continued analysis, dissemination and enhancement of project products and goals

Project Impact and Long Term Benefits:
The project achieved its objectives including new training innovations in the sectors identified in VET skills safety at the European level. The key results included:
1. Establishment of new European skills register and trainer qualifications
2. Development of innovative training materials and resources
3. Facilitating EU trainer continuing professional development and mobility
4. High quality training provision supporting a reduction of EU accidents and fatalities in agricultural and forestry activities with the support of ABA International




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A2-International Arborist Operations (TREE CLIMBING & AERIAL CHAINSAW TECHNIQUES)

A3-International Arborist Operations (AERIAL TREE RIGGING TECHNIQUES)

ICC1/ECC1 - International / European Chainsaw Certificate (CHAINSAW MAINTENANCE & CROSS CUTTING TECHNIQUES)

ICC2/ECC2 - International / European Chainsaw Certificate (BASIC TREE FELLING TECHNIQUES)

ICC3/ECC3 - International / European Chainsaw Certificate (ADVANCED TREE FELLING TECHNIQUES)

ICC4/ECC4 - International / European Chainsaw Certificate (WINDBLOWN (MULTIPLE) & DAMAGED TREE FELLING TECHNIQUES)

All project results are fully available and accessible on the ABA International database for use by registered professional members of the public.


ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_EN.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.46M
ABA Info Leaflet_EN.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.57M
ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_SK.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.48M
ABA Info Leaflet_SK.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.55M
ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_LV.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.49M
ABA Info Leaflet_LV.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.61M
ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_CZ.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.48M
ABA UK Info Leaflet_CZ.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.67M
ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_SLO.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.50M
ABA Info Leaflet_SLO.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.62M
ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_ES.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.50M
ABA Info Leaflet_ES.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.62M
ABA ESTER Info Leaflet_RO.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.48M
ABA Info Leaflet_RO.pdf - type: PDF / size: 1.60M