How to become certified in line clearance

Crazy_Jimmy

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Texas
I noticed ACRT offers a program ,is there any other outlets to get certified. Also can in be done in house somehow ?
 

Crazy_Jimmy

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Texas
Yeah we already took our our ehap class,cpr,first aid and the other requirements and got our EHAP certificates. But that honestly doesnt do anything towards becoming certified in line clearance.
 

Tom Dunlap

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Whose 'certification' are you trying to pass?

This is something that is often misunderstood about line clearance and EHAP. The certification stays with the paycheck not the paystub. The employer is the one who sets the standard for certification. Most times the requirements are the same no matter what the color of the shirts and trucks though.
 

Crazy_Jimmy

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Location
Texas
I think I can get it done thru ACRT , but yeah ehap is just basically how to identify electrical hazards and requires a few other things. I may get into some line clearance work so its a requirement. Most line clearance companies have in house certification programs in place , im not so im gonna start one. I think I have all the resources I need thru acrt,
 

Hammer

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EHAP is what we use currently, I know when I worked for Bartlett they used the same thing. It is all that is required as far as getting you designated as a Qualified Line clearance tree trimmer/trainee.
 

Crazy_Jimmy

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Location
Texas
"EHAP must be used in combination with documented on-the-job skills training and verification to meet OSHA 1910.269 requirements." TCIA


Just curious how do you fulfill the other training requirements and verification to meet certification process.
 

treehumper

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Ridgefield, NJ
I took the EH training from ACRT through a previous employer it covers a lot of basic ground.

I see there is a Line Clearance Arborist Certification course. My only concern is the trainers lack of understanding of how electricity is conducted and a transformer works. Maybe I'm splitting hairs but it just blew me away when he answered a question and gave his explanation. He had no idea and it had me shaking my head.
 

joezilla11

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Ohio
There was talk of acrt opening another training location in Cali and updating their training manuals was also underway. If they are going thru those measures I'm sure it's worth a look.
 
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I noticed ACRT offers a program ,is there any other outlets to get certified. Also can in be done in house somehow ?

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I think you're looking to get "Qualified". Being "Certified" is generally construed as having an un-associated third party document your qualifications.

Annex B of ANSI Z133-2012 lays it all out for you. One can be had for $20. Less if you’re an ISA member.

If you’re decent with a computer, I'd wager you'd have a week invested when you have finished creating your training materials and sign-offs. Remember that with most training – if it isn’t documented, signed & dated - it never happened.

The toughest part of EHAP DIY is the Operational Safety Section. It might be fun to rubber stamp your ability around energized facilities but is that a true assessment? Most safety policies are written in the blood of others so the direction one goes depends upon how well one can stand the sight of it.
 

oceans

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MA, USA
Qualified, not Certified...x2 according to my understanding.

Jimmy, it seems as though your company can use the EHAP along with in house Tail-Gate Meetings that are documented for verification.

Good on you for looking into this.
 

Crazy_Jimmy

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Location
Texas
I went to ACRT and got my line clearance certification, I have the ehap cert as well. It was worth as I got 40 ceus as well
 

Tony

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Location
Lancaster, PA
Someone dug up an old thread! I generally stay away from these, but there is some very poor information in those posts all those years ago As well as some updates to the Z133

So lets talk acronyms! QLCA and LCTT. qualified line clearance arborist and line clearance tree trimmer respectively are the same qualification. The difference is in what standard you are referring to QLCA = Z133. LCTT = 1910.269. Essentially a worker with the training and experience Being paid by or through the utlilty.

QILCA qualified incidential line clearance arborist. The rest of us that work around lines but the utility is not signing the checks. This one is new to the revision before last 2012 I believe.

Now on to requirements. For QLCA annex b of the Z133 lists everything you need training wise and 1910. 269 defines they type of training as in classroom, in field and the like.

EHAT, any EHAT program, is just one piece of that puzzle. EHAT training alone does not make one a QLCA a LCTT or a QILCA.

I have spent many months figuring this out and helping develop a QLCA program. I would be happy to expound on this lengthy post if you need more info.

Tony
 

Tony

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Location
Lancaster, PA
How many employees should get this certification?
EHAT, CPR, aerial rescue practice and First aid are required to be renewed by all employees. If you work around electrical hazards, who doesn’t I would also add in some climbing, aerial lift use and rigging near electrical hazards training as well.

Don’t forget to document as well.

Tony
 

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