Course Title: Intermediate Apprenticeship in Arboriculture
Course Code: AB062

Department: Arboriculture
Course Type: Apprenticeship

Arboriculture can be defined as the production and management of trees and shrubs in urban and rural environments where amenity is the primary objective.

The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Arboriculture is a one year work-based learning course leading to a Diploma in Trees and Timber, along with NPTC certificates in chainsaw (maintenance, crosscutting and small tree felling); climbing and aerial rescue; stump grinder, polesaw and brushwood chipper.

Other subjects covered are tree planting and identification, Health and Safety, pollution control, emergency first aid and functional skills in English and maths (if necessary).

In conjunction with your employer we will work towards the skillset of an Arboricultural ‘groundsman’ who can assist a climber and deal with the equipment and products of tree surgery.

One day per week in college learning the theory (and taking tests) coupled with consolidation in the workplace to build a portfolio of evidence.



Diploma in Work-based Trees and Timber (QCF)

Course Content

Maintain and Operate the Chainsaw (NPTC CS30 replacement) CS201/202
Fell Small Trees (NPTC CS31 replacement) CS203
Climb Trees and Perform Aerial Rescue (NPTC CS38 replacement) CS208/308
Health and Safety
Tree Identification
Tree Planting
Arboricultur ground worker
Chipper operations
Stump grinding operations
Chainsaw pole pruning operations

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements but you will be required to take an English and maths assessment. You should be keen to learn new skills and have enthusiasm for the subject. You will be required to find suitable relevant employment. Mature students will be considered based on previous experience. Tetanus protection is recommended.

Next Steps

Advanced Apprenticeship in Arboriculture

Career Opportunities

Arboricultural Groundsman Arboricultural Climber Landscaper/Groundsman