Advanced Apprenticeship in Arboriculture

About the course

This programme is suitable for those employed in a supervisory capacity within the sector, seeking to progress to a higher level of qualification.


Work Based blended delivery programme consisting predominantly of on-site training and assessment within the workplace, supported by off-site technical training at local training and assessment venues as required. Course teaching, learning and assessment is enhanced through the effective use of e portfolio and distance learning resources to ensure flexible delivery is responsive to learner, employer and situational needs.

Programme Length

Work-based delivery over a minimum * of 18 months, dependent on initial assessment.

*Minimum durations apply for 16 – 18 year olds. 19 + learners can apply for accredited prior learning which may reduce the duration. Funding rules dictate a minimum of 12 months duration.

Programme Structure

The Apprenticeship is made up of a number of different nationally recognised qualifications:

Competence Qualification: ·

Level 3 Diploma In Workbased Trees and Timber - Arboriculture

(Optional modules; Group 1 minium of 17 credits; Group 2 minimum of 1 credit)

Knowledge Based Qualification ·

Level 3 Award in Business Management for the Environment and Land-based Sector

Functional Skills: ·

Level 2 English ·

Level 2 Mathematics

Employee Rights and Responsibilities ·

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills ·

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Additional Employer Requirements: ·

Option A (£1250)



Option B (£1250)



Option C (£1250)




All 16-18yr old learners are fully funded. For those learners that are 19 years or older, the apprenticeship is co-funded by the government with a required employer contribution of up to £1400, dependent on the choice of additional training qualifications selected from the menu options above. This contribution includes the training towards all framework components and will cover the first assessment fee for legislative qualifications, selected as part of the Level 3 diploma.

Course modules

Functional Skills

Level 2 English

Level 2 Mathematics

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Additional Qualification(s)

Option D £1250 - CS38, CS39

Option E £1250 - CS32, CS30

Option F £1250 - CS39, CS41

Knowledge Qualification

Survey and inspect the condition of trees

Carry out aerial pruning of a tree

Promote, monitor and maintain health, safety and security of the workplace

Carry out aerial rescue operations

Plan, allocate and monitor work of a team

Group 1 - Access a tree using a rope and harness

Group 1 - Fell and process trees over 380mm

Group 1 - Prepare for and aggree emergency tree work operations

Group 1 - Lay a hedge

Group 1 - Carry out aerial tree rigging

Group 1 - Plan and carry out plant protection by chemical means

Group 1 - Sever uprooted or windblown trees using a chainsaw

Group 1 - Supervise arboriculture operations in proximity to above ground utilities

Group 1 - Carry out site surveys and communicate findings

Group 1 - Process timber with large loader-fed machinery

Group 2 - Co-ordinate and oversee habitat management work

Group 2 - Plan, deliver and evaluate environmental projects

Group 2 - Manage budgets

Group 2 - Consult and work with local community

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Entry onto the apprenticeship is subject to a thorough initial assessment to clarify course appropriateness. Entrants must have the ability to achieve Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and be able to cope with the Level 3 vocational qualification. They must also have a contract of employment for a minimum for 30 hours/week.


Apprentices successfully completing the Advanced Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing into Higher Education.


Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the Advanced will depend on the qualifications and experience gained but include working as a team leader.

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