Intermediate Apprenticeship in Arboriculture

About the course

This programme is suitable for new entrants or existing staff employed within arboriculture, seeking to gain industry skills, knowledge and competence. The apprenticeship framework covers a broad range of knowledge, technical and legislative training and qualifications.

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.


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

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification: ·

Level 2 Diploma in Workbased Trees and Timber - Arboriculture

(Optional Modules - Group 1 - minimum of 14 credits; Group 2 minimum of 1 credit)

Functional Skills: ·

Level 1 English ·

Level 1 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: ·

First Aid Certificate ·

Option A (£1250)




Option B (£1250)



Stump Grinder

Option C (£1450)





All 16-18 yr 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 the 3 legislative qualifications, selected as part of the Level 2 diploma.

Course modules

Combined Competence and Knowledge Qualification

Support colleagues undertaking off ground tree related operations

Process arising from tree work operations

Carry out maintenance of chainsaw and cutting system

Identify tree species and their properties

Fell and process trees up to 380mm

Control pollution incidents

Cross-cut timber using a chainsaw

Monitoring and maintaining health and safety

Group 1 - Control unwanted vegetation

Group 1 - Access a tree using a rope and harness

Group 1 - Use a powered pole pruner

Group 1 - Remove branches and breakdown crowns using a chainsaw

Group 1 - Treat and dispose of stumps and roots

Group 1 - Plant trees

Group 1 - Prepare a safe working area for tree work operations

Group 1 - Produce wood fuel in a woodland or forest

Group 1 - Carry out aerial pruning of a tree

Group 1 - Carry out aerial rescue operations

Group 2 - Control pests, diseases and disorders

Group 2 - Maintaining plants outdoors

Group 2 - Identify and report the presence of pests, diseases and disorders

Group 2 - Communicate with the public and others

Functional Skills

Level 1 English

Level 1 Mathematics

Employee Rights and Responsibilities

Delivered and assessed through a workbook

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Assessment and recognition through a Record of Achievement

Knowledge Qualification

Competence Qualification

Additional Qualification(s)

First Aid Certificate

Option A £1250: CS30, CS31 & Woodchipper

Option B £1250: CS30, CS31 & Stump Grinder

Option C £1450; CS30, CS31 & CS38

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 1 in Functional Skills in English and Mathematics and be able to cope with the Level 2 vocational qualification. Apprentices must have a contract of employment working for a minimum for 30 hours/week.


Apprentices successfully completing the Intermediate Apprenticeship have opportunities to progress within the industry by continuing onto the Advanced Apprenticeship in Arboriculture or other Further Education courses.


Typical jobs apprentices will be able to progress onto on completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship

will depend on the qualifications and experience gained but include; arborist, climber.

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