Course Title: Level 2 Arborist
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Department: Horticulture
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. The industry manages trees adjacent to highways, railways, watercourses and power lines. 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.


Course Content

Some of the knowledge, skills and behaviour aspects you will cover will include:
The principles of the establishment, growth and care of trees
Current environmental, wildlife and health and safety legislation, standards and codes of practice in relation to arboricultural works
Legislation relating to trees e.g. Tree Preservation Orders and Conservation Areas
Select appropriate equipment for the task. Load and unload equipment safely
Set out work place signage (highway & non highway) and assists with traffic control
Process tree work arisings using appropriate machinery
Take appropriate care of tools, equipment and customer property
Recognise a basic range of tree and shrub species using common and scientific names
Identify pests, diseases, disorders and tree defects
Perform an aerial rescue of colleague from a rope and harness and a MEWP
Work safely at height in the tree under supervision
Prepare sites for planting, plant trees and provide support, protection and aftercare

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE’s at Grade D/3 or above (including English and maths) or other equivalent vocational qualifications. Learners must achieve English and maths at Level 1 prior to completion of this apprenticeship. Other entry requirements may be set by individual employers.

Next Steps

The successful apprentice will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard.

Career Opportunities

Arboricultural Groundsman Arboricultural Climber Landscaper/Groundsman

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
We run on demand. Contact us for dates. Apprenticeship
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Additional Costs

Learners will need access to a PC/laptop to develop their e-portfolio. You may be required to purchase PPE and/or tools to use at work.

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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Materials Required

Writing materials - notebook and pen. Packed lunch and drink, especially if we are working away from college all day. Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to current industry standards is required for this course. Work equipment, harnesses, PPE, etc., are available from the college, but candidates’ own may be used, subject to checks by the instructor. 2 x passport photos and National Insurance (NI) number. Waterproofs/change of clothes in case of inclement weather.


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