Tree Guild Professional Standards System

The Tree Guild’s Professional Standards System is designed to raise the standard of training and quality assurance in the arboriculture industry in Western Australia, to provide consumers with access to an effective dispute resolution framework, and to achieve better safety and environmental outcomes in the arboriculture industry in Western Australia.

The system is outlined in the following three documents:

The Code for Professional Conduct, which sets out the commitment made by all members of the Tree Guild to observe the highest standards of ethical behaviour and professional conduct.

The Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Guidance Code which seeks to provide information on the minimum legislative requirements relating to workplace health and safety when working with trees, as well as examples of good safety practices in the industry.

Qualification Standards which describe the competencies and ongoing professional development requirements for members who wish to achieve recognition as an Accredited Professional Member of the Tree Guild.

The Code for Professional Conduct

The Code for Professional Conduct sets out the commitment made by all members of the Tree Guild to observe the highest standards of ethical behaviour and professional conduct.

It contains General Principles in relation to ethical and professional conduct, and a number of specific principles, which are:

  • Respect for People and Property;
  • Honesty;
  • Respect for Laws;
  • Safety;
  • Professional Standards; and
  • Maintaining Ethical and Professional Conduct in the Industry

The Code also sets out Disciplinary and Dispute Resolution Procedures which are designed to ensure that the Code is properly implemented, and will give consumers the ability to have any issues dealt with in a professional and fair way. The Dispute Resolution Procedures have a focus on resolving complaints at the earliest possible opportunity, but also include the ability for the Tree Guild to enforce the Code where necessary.

The Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Guidance Code

The OSHE Guidance Code seeks to provide information on the minimum legislative requirements relating to workplace health and safety when working with trees, as well as examples of good safety practices in the industry.

This Guidance Code is not a formal regulatory Code of Practice. It is intended to be a general guide to alert members to their key obligations, and to highlight examples of good practice.

The Guidance Code doesn’t seek to replace or substitute for regulatory Codes of Practice.

In fact, it is intended to highlight these existing Codes of Practice so that Members are fully aware of their obligations.

The Code provides guidance to members in relation to the following areas:

  • Mandatory provisions, such as legislative requirements which may include Acts, regulations and some statutory Codes of Practice, which must be observed at all times.
  • Recommended provisions, such as formal Codes of Practice approved by government regulatory agencies, which should be followed unless there is a better solution in place
  • Suggestions, such as examples of good industry practices, which are presented to assist in improving safety systems.

The Code also includes an overview of the regulatory system for workplace health and safety, and the key obligations that employers have in maintaining a safe place of work.

Qualification Standards

The Qualification Standards describe the competencies and ongoing professional development requirements for members who wish to achieve recognition as an Accredited Professional Member of the Tree Guild.

These Standards are an important part of the Tree Guild’s efforts to advance professionalism in the industry. They are a means of officially recognising members who attain high professional standards, and giving them the ability to use a certification logo to highlight their achievements to consumers.

Accredited Professional Members will meet certain competency standards, such as nationally recognised training, as well as undertaking a minimum level of Continuing Professional Development through participation in relevant activities.

The customers of Accredited Professional Members can be assured that they are dealing with a firm whose arboriculture operations are conducted safely and in line with customer requirements and legal obligations, and which has been officially recognised by the industry for their high standards of professionalism.

Further information

If you have any questions at all about the new system, or want to find out about more about the Tree Guild of Western Australia, please call us on (08) 9427 0830 or email treeguild@casm.com.au