Vocational Assessment - Centre for Vocational Assessment

Vocational Training Council

Centre for Vocational Assessment

 : Arboriculture

About Vocational Assessment

Vocational Assessment (VA) is a territory-wide competency assessment (i.e. skills qualification) offered by the VTC. It aims to provide a platform to enhance the professional level of the local workforce and ascertain in-service practitioners / learners have attained the level of a unified competency.

 

Under the new realm of education and training which encourages lifelong learning, “anyone who can demonstrate his/her skills or competency, regardless of his/her background, qualification or age and irrespective of the context where the learning originally took place, should be provided with the opportunity to gain recognized qualifications."  Therefore, VA could be considered as a “public examination on skill aspect” that can help the industry to standardize the skill levels as a whole and help employers to identify right talents.  Both in-service practitioners and students are the target participants of VA.

Arboriculture Vocational Assessment

To seek a professionalism and standardisation in arboriculture industry in Hong Kong, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) and professionals of the industry collaboratively launched a skill-based Arboriculture Vocational Assessment (AVA) in 2014. The assessment comprises module of “Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation” and “Basic Tree Pruning”.

 

Candidates who passed the assessment will obtain a certificate (in both paper and card format) in “Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation and Basic Tree Pruning for the Arboriculture Industry”, which is of permanent validity.

 

The certificate fulfils the government maintenance contracts requirements in relation to workers undertaking tree pruning work with the use of chainsaw . AVA is recognised and supported by the Hong Kong Government (Tree Management Office, Development Bureau) and industry professional bodies, including the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects.

Mode of Assessment

The Assessment comprises two components: Theory and Practice

 

Theoretical Assessment

Theoretical knowledge-based assessment (written test):

Duration:  90 minutes

Part I

Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation

Mode:

Multiple choice questions (Chinese Only)

 

Number of Questions:

20 (All questions are compulsory)

 

Passing score:

 75%

Part II

Basic Tree Pruning

Mode:

Multiple choice questions (Chinese Only)

 

Number of Questions:

40 (All questions are compulsory)

 

Passing score:

 75%

 

Practical Assessment

Practical Assessment (operational test):

Duration:  30 minutes

Part I

Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation

Mode:

Operation

 

Contents:

- Dismantle and Assemble of chainsaw

- Safety use of chainsaw

 

Passing Criteria:

 Based on the overall performance of the candidate

Part II

Basic Tree Pruning

Mode:

Operation

 

Content:

- Tree pruning (ground-based)

 

Passing Criteria:

 Based on the overall performance of the candidate

 

Demonstration video of practical assessment

Examples of common mistakes made by candidates (Chinese only)

>>

Application Procedures / Assessment Schedule

 

Application Requirement

Applicant should reach the age of 18 at the day of assessment AND fulfill the following requirement:

1. Secondary 3 graduate or equivalent and with 2 years or more experience in operating chainsaw / arboriculture related job; OR

2. With 5 years or more experience in operating chainsaw/ arboriculture related job.

 

Assessment Schedule

Item Assessment Date* Venue* Application Deadline
2022
Arboriculture Vocational Assessment Theoretical To be comfirmed* IVDC (Lai Chi Kok) To be comfirmed
Practical To be comfirmed* IVDC (Ma On Shan) To be comfirmed

* Assessment date and venue are subject to change.

# Group application with 12 or above candidates are most welcome.  The group may enjoy greater flexibility in the arrangement of assessment date and venue. Please contact Ms. Kwok at 3907-6793 or Ms. Li at 3907-6852 for details.

 

Registration Procedures

Applicants should submit the completed application form together with copies of relevant documents, passport photo and assessment fees by hand or by post to the Centre for Vocational Assessment. Application form can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Centre.

 

Payment methods

Applicants should pay by cash, crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “Vocational Training Council”.

 

Notice

1. Applications can be submitted in person, by a representative or by post.

2. Applicants should submit the application with a recent digital photograph in colour with white background. No head covering is allowed unless it is for religious or medical reasons. The size of the digital photograph should be at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall with no less than 50KB or over 600KB. (For applicants submitting a print photograph, the size of the photograph should be 33mm (width) x 48mm (height). The head width for the person in the photograph should be between 21mm to 24mm and the head height, measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head, should be between 28mm to 33mm.)

3. Applicants must provide documentary proofs of work experience to the Centre for Vocational Assessment issued by the employer or an authorised person (such as department heads or supervisors) to ensure the applicant possesses relevant work experience with sufficient competence. The reference document should include the applicant’s post title, scope of duty and years of work experience. If the aforesaid evidence of years of work experience are unavailable, applicants may submit other supplementary evidences (e.g. attestation of jobs issued by registered trade associations or labour unions, tax demand notes, payroll slips, or business registration certificates of the self-employed).

4. For applications submitted by post, a photocopy of the applicant’s Hong Kong Identity Card is required for verification purpose and it will be destroyed afterwards.

5. Please do not send cash or original documents by post. Applicants will be contacted for document verification once the application is received by the Centre. For applications submitted by a representative, original copies of the supporting documents should be provided for verification.

6. The Centre of Vocational Assessment supports Equal Opportunity Policy. For applicants with special needs, please specify in Part A of the Application Form and provide medical evidence issued by a registered medical practitioner (if applicable). The Centre will provide assistance and make necessary arrangement.

7. No photocopying services are provided at the Centre.

 

Contact Us

Centre for Vocational Assessment (AVA)

Office Address

Unit A, 30/F, Billion Plaza II,

10 Cheung Yue Street,

Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

 

Enquiries

Tel no.: 3907 6793

Fax: 2904 7843

Email: cvaq@vtc.edu.hk

 

Office Hours

Monday to Friday: 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:30

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays

 

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Item Assessment Date* Venue* Application Deadline
2022
Arboriculture Vocational Assessment Theoretical To be comfirmed* IVDC (Lai Chi Kok) To be comfirmed
Practical To be comfirmed* IVDC (Ma On Shan) To be comfirmed

Vocational Training Council

Centre for Vocational Assessment

 : Arboriculture

Vocational Training Council

Centre for Vocational Assessment

 : Arboriculture

About Vocational Assessment

Vocational Assessment (VA) is a territory-wide competency assessment (i.e. skills qualification) offered by the VTC. It aims to provide a platform to enhance the professional level of the local workforce and ascertain in-service practitioners / learners have attained the level of a unified competency.

 

Under the new realm of education and training which encourages lifelong learning, “anyone who can demonstrate his/her skills or competency, regardless of his/her background, qualification or age and irrespective of the context where the learning originally took place, should be provided with the opportunity to gain recognized qualifications."  Therefore, VA could be considered as a “public examination on skill aspect” that can help the industry to standardize the skill levels as a whole and help employers to identify right talents.  Both in-service practitioners and students are the target participants of VA.

Arboriculture Vocational Assessment

To seek a professionalism and standardisation in arboriculture industry in Hong Kong, the Vocational Training Council (VTC) and professionals of the industry collaboratively launched a skill-based Arboriculture Vocational Assessment (AVA) in 2014. The assessment comprises module of “Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation” and “Basic Tree Pruning”.

 

Candidates who passed the assessment will obtain a certificate (in both paper and card format) in “Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation and Basic Tree Pruning for the Arboriculture Industry”, which is of permanent validity.

 

The certificate fulfils the government maintenance contracts requirements in relation to workers undertaking tree pruning work with the use of chainsaw . AVA is recognised and supported by the Hong Kong Government (Tree Management Office, Development Bureau) and industry professional bodies, including the Hong Kong Institute of Landscape Architects.

 

Mode of Assessment

The Assessment comprises two components: Theory and Practice

 

Theoretical Assessment

Theoretical knowledge-based assessment (written test):

Duration:  90 minutes

Part I

Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation

Mode:

Multiple choice questions (Chinese Only)

 

Number of Questions:

20 (All questions are compulsory)

 

Passing score:

 75%

Part II

Basic Tree Pruning

Mode:

Multiple choice questions (Chinese Only)

 

Number of Questions:

40 (All questions are compulsory)

 

Passing score:

 75%

 

Practical Assessment

Practical Assessment (operational test):

Duration:  30 minutes

Part I

Safety Use and Maintenance of Chainsaw Operation

Mode:

Operation

 

Contents:

- Dismantle and Assemble of chainsaw

- Safety use of chainsaw

 

Passing Criteria:

 Based on the overall performance of the candidate

 

Part II

Basic Tree Pruning

Mode:

Operation

 

Content:

- Tree pruning (ground-based)

 

Passing Criteria:

 Based on the overall performance of the candidate

 

Demonstration video of practical assessment

Examples of common mistakes made by candidates (Chinese only)

>>

Application Procedures / Assessment Schedule

 

Application Requirement

Applicant should reach the age of 18 at the day of assessment AND fulfill the following requirement:

1. Secondary 3 graduate or equivalent and with 2 years or more experience in operating chainsaw / arboriculture related job; OR

2. With 5 years or more experience in operating chainsaw/ arboriculture related job.

 

Assessment Schedule

Item Assessment Date* Venue* Application Deadline
2022
Arboriculture Vocational Assessment Theoretical To be comfirmed* IVDC (Lai Chi Kok) To be comfirmed
Practical To be comfirmed* IVDC (Ma On Shan)

* Assessment date and venue are subject to change.

# Group application with 12 or above candidates are most welcome.  The group may enjoy greater flexibility in the arrangement of assessment date and venue. Please contact Ms. Kwok at 3907-6793 or Ms. Li at 3907-6852 for details.

 

 

Registration Procedures

Applicants should submit the completed application form together with copies of relevant documents, passport photo and assessment fees by hand or by post to the Centre of Vocational Assessment. Application form can be downloaded from the website or obtained from the Centre.

 

Payment methods

Applicants should pay by cash, crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “Vocational Training Council”.

 

Notice

1. Applications can be submitted in person, by a representative or by post.

2. Applicants should submit the application with a recent digital photograph in colour with white background. No head covering is allowed unless it is for religious or medical reasons. The size of the digital photograph should be at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall with no less than 50KB or over 600KB. (For applicants submitting a print photograph, the size of the photograph should be 33mm (width) x 48mm (height). The head width for the person in the photograph should be between 21mm to 24mm and the head height, measured from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head, should be between 28mm to 33mm.)

3. Applicants must provide documentary proofs of work experience to the Centre for Vocational Assessment issued by the employer or an authorised person (such as department heads or supervisors) to ensure the applicant possesses relevant work experience with sufficient competence. The reference document should include the applicant’s post title, scope of duty and years of work experience. If the aforesaid evidence of years of work experience are unavailable, applicants may submit other supplementary evidences (e.g. attestation of jobs issued by registered trade associations or labour unions, tax demand notes, payroll slips, or business registration certificates of the self-employed).

4. For applications submitted by post, a photocopy of the applicant’s Hong Kong Identity Card is required for verification purpose and it will be destroyed afterwards.

5. Please do not send cash or original documents by post. Applicants will be contacted for document verification once the application is received by the Centre. For applications submitted by a representative, original copies of the supporting documents should be provided for verification.

6. The Centre of Vocational Assessment supports Equal Opportunity Policy. For applicants with special needs, please specify in Part A of the Application Form and provide medical evidence issued by a registered medical practitioner (if applicable). The Centre will provide assistance and make necessary arrangement.

7. No photocopying services are provided at the Centre.

Contact Us

Centre for Vocational Assessment (AVA)

Office Address

Unit A, 30/F, Billion Plaza II,

10 Cheung Yue Street,

Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

 

Enquiries

Tel no.: 3907 6793

Fax: 2904 7843

Email: cvaq@vtc.edu.hk

 

Office Hours

Monday to Friday: 09:00-12:30 and 13:30-17:30

Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays