Tree and Woodland Management
The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand tree and woodland management and the importance of identifying and working towards specific planned objectives. Learners will identify objectives, carry out a site survey to gather data, which will allow them to identify and prioritise works. They will plan and undertake aerial and ground based operations in order to complete work and produce timber products.
Tools and Equipment
The purpose of this unit is for learners to gain a working knowledge of the purpose and operation of hand tools and equipment commonly used in forestry and arboriculture. Learners will understand the application and maintenance of hand and power tools and equipment. They will be familiar with power equipment layout, safety features and controls. They will be able to carry out pre and post-start checks and running adjustments as well as selecting and wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when using tools and equipment
Health and Safety for Land-based Industries
The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand the principles and importance of health and safety within land-based settings. This unit covers health and safety legislation which provides the requirements upon which policies and procedures within the industry are based.
Introduction to the Forestry and Arboriculture Sector
The aim of this unit is to provide the learner with knowledge of the forestry and arboriculture sector and the types of organisations that operate within it. Learners will understand their roles and responsibilities in supporting a business to achieve its commercial objectives.
Environment and Conservation
The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand the importance of the environment and its conservation. Learners will understand that through appropriate management of the land it will become more sustainable and potentially more productive. They will understand bio security and resilience in managing tree stock.
Tree Classification and Identification
The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand the methods by which trees can be identified. They will understand classifications and the nomenclature of trees and their characteristics
Introduction to Plant Science
On completion of this unit, learners will have developed an understanding of the composition and characteristics of soil, which influence plant growth. They will have knowledge of the soil structure and basic plant physiology.
The purpose of this unit is for learners to understand the requirements for the successful establishment of trees. They will understand the principles that govern the selection of trees, how to prepare the ground and the impact of cultivation methods on specific sites.
City & Guilds (NPTC) Level 2 Award In Safe Use of Manually Fed Wood-chipper
City & Guilds (NPTC) Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue
City & Guilds (NPTC) Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting
3 GCSEs at Grade 3 (D) or equivalent, including English, Maths and Science (or related subject).
(check FE Admission guide for changes and equivalencies)
Learning and assessment
Assessment of technical qualifications is a mixture of internal practical assessment of skills conducted by the teaching team, internal written assignments marked by the teaching team, an externally set synoptic examination that combines the knowledge and practical skills of all the mandatory units, an external exam that combines the knowledge of all mandatory units and a Health and Safety exam. The assessments and exams are spread throughout the course of the year.
Upon successful completion of the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Arboriculture, learners may be able to progress onto the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate.
Employment opportunities in the Arboriculture industry is currently excellent. The Level 2 Technical Certificate course provides the qualifications and experience for entry into the industry at a beginning operational level with future prospects for more complex and senior positions. These include positions such as apprentice arborist; groundsperson.
Costs that are mandatory for the course:
Steel toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support – approx. £12-35
Costs that are optional for the course:
PPE Clothing/Equipment: approx £150
Chainsaw Boots: approx £100-250
This course includes a work experience element which enables the learner to gain valuable practical experience, whilst enhancing their knowledge of the industry. The learners will be expected to source and apply for a suitable position for themselves as part of this course.