Going to great heights
Chelsea Robertson eyes a career with many branches.
I’ve made it into the national climbing competitions in October, and I’m really stoked.
Chelsea Robertson has been reaching great heights, since enrolling in the National Certificate in Horticulture (Arboriculture) (Level 4). She has found learning to climb amazing, and really enjoys working outdoors in different environments. “Every day has been different, with new locations, and the chance to learn new skills,” says Chelsea.
Chelsea completed a Bachelor of Education in Auckland, and worked for five years as a teacher, before moving to Dunedin to study the National Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) Sustainable Horticulture. After completing that qualification and being shown a PowerPoint slide on Arboriculture at the Open Day, she was keen to further her studies. “I was taken right away with how physical it looked; getting to work outside climbing and using chainsaws looked fantastic!”
Now part way through her Arboriculture course, Chelsea is finding it challenging – but very rewarding. “It’s a physically demanding job, so learning to take care of myself has been important,” she says.
After entering the South Island regional tree climbing competition earlier this year, Chelsea has qualified for the National competition which will be held in Nelson in October. The competition will involve five events, all with time limits and points to score including for speed climb, foot lock, work climb, throwline and aerial rescue.
Chelsea is grateful for the support of Otago Polytechnic staff, and is looking forward to a bright future. “Arborists are in high demand around the world, so I hope to travel with my new skills one day.”
Work outdoors and enjoy a hands-on, physical job. Arborists are in demand for their ability to care for, and maintain, trees. This industry-standard qualification provides learners with the knowledge and skills to carry out tree maintenance and management activities at heights including tree removal. Plus, this programme is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll need to pay for any additional course-related and living costs). Graduates of this programme will receive both the New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture (Level 3) (Arboriculture) and New Zealand Certificate in Horticulture Services (Level 4) (Arboriculture).