Qualifications Overview


Following the successful development of the 24/7 accessible international skills register and associated quality assurance body in the form of the International Standards & Accreditation Council (ISAC) ABA continues to promote the harmonisation of skills qualifications worldwide. These new innovations led by leading awarding bodies, organisations and experienced individuals from different countries ensures certification credibility (ISAC regulated & approved), accessibility (quick online verification) and continual enhancement (sharing best practice) via international standards setting events & awarding body audits.

Through these processes ABA is achieving the ultimate aim of reducing barriers to employment & mobility of skilled individuals and removing any unnecessary requirements for duplication of existing certification already held by that skilled person.

Accreditation currently covers the following skills areas & activities recognised by ABA member countries:

TREE WORK (includes arboriculture, forestry etc within the land-based/environmental sector)

  • Chainsaw Maintenance & Crosscutting (Bucking) Techniques
  • Basic Tree Felling (Falling) Techniques
  • Advanced Tree Felling (Falling) Techniques
  • Windblown & Damaged (Hazard & Danger) Tree Felling (Falling) Techniques
  • Specialist Emergency & Rescue Chainsaw Techniques
  • Tree Climbing & Rescue Techniques
  • Tree Climbing: Chainsaw Operations
  • Tree Climbing: Pruning & Rigging Operations

WORK AT HEIGHT (includes mountaineering, rock climbing, caving, rope access, construction etc)

  • Lifting Equipment Inspection
  • Lifting Equipment Examination
  • Mobile Elevating Work Platform (Bucket Truck) Operation

Qualification Types

For more information on the internationally recognised certification offered by ABA International see the sections below

LOLER Certifications
LOLER Certifications