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Department: Arboriculture
Course Type: Apprenticeship

The Arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations from city parks and urban woodlands, to country estates and private gardens. An arborist may progress to undertake inspections and surveys of individual and woodland trees, advising landowners on how to care for their trees, or teaching others about the benefits of carefully managing trees.
The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, aerial tree work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery such as brushwood chippers.
Arborists can work for local authorities, private companies and many are also self- employed. Tree work can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weathers.
An arborist will undertake aerial tree work but may also be ground-based. They do a range of tree work jobs with indirect supervision. They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills.



Level 2 Arborist

Course Content

Level 2 Award in emergency first aid at work
Level 2 Award in safe use of brushwood chipper
Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D
Level 2 Award in chainsaw maintenance
Level 2 Award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw
Level 2 Award in felling and processing timber up to 380mm
Level 2 Award in accessing a tree using rope and harness
Level 3 Award in aerial tree rescue operations
Level 3 Award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques
Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform
Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)

Apprentices without level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and maths prior to taking the end point assessment

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. Several licence to practice qualifications are required prior to end point assessment. College attendance is required to complete these. The End Point Assessment consists of 4 components, all must be passed to meet the apprenticeship standard and consists of: •Holistic project •Online multiple choice knowledge tests •Practical teats •Structured Interview

Next Steps

Higher level qualification in arboriculture or forestry, or employment within one of the many areas within the tree care industry.

Career Opportunities

See introduction.