Branch Out Into Arboriculture

About the course

To apply for this course please complete and email us the AEB Funding Application form which can be downloaded from this page:

Course Overview

Do you have a love of trees and the Great Outdoors? Would you like to start a new career in the arboriculture and woodland management sector?

Are you looking to change your career or improve your progression opportunities, by gaining

professional qualifications and developing your knowledge and practical expertise in the land-based sector? Our Adult Skills courses are designed to appeal to all ages and abilities, no matter what your current experience or skillset

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements other than an interest in the subject area

What will the course involve?


The qualification will prepare individuals to progress into the land based sector by developing their specific knowledge, skills and understanding; preparing them for employment and offering support to a specific industry.

Health & Safety:

Understand health and safety risks arising from work activities within the Arboriculture industry; understand matters affecting health and safety; understand and maintain safe plant and equipment; ensure safe handling and use of substances; understand H&S information and instruction; ensure competency to carry out tasks; understand and maintain safe and healthy working conditions.

Chainsaw Maintenance:

This covers the maintenance of a chainsaw and sharpening of cutting system including guide bar carried out routinely by the operator. Chainsaws used in aerial and ground work are covered. This work will be carried out in a workshop or a woodland environment. “Routine” in this standard means corrective and preventative maintenance that is carried out daily or at regular intervals by the operator prior to and during work. If you are working with chemicals or machinery you need to be appropriately trained or certificated in line with current legislation.

Safe Use of Wood Chipper:

This covers the health and safety requirements for operating a wood-chipper; be able to carry out a risk assessment on a site; be able to prepare the equipment and site for wood-chipping operations; be able to operate a wood-chipper; and carry out maintenance on a wood-chipper

How long will I be learning?

Location: Preston and Croxteth

Course Length: 3 Weeks

Start Date:

· Monday 29th April 2019 – Preston Campus

· Monday 3rd June 2019 – Croxteth Campus

· Monday 10th June – Preston Campus

All course run from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

What equipment will I need?

Steel toe-capped boots with good grip and ankle support

Outdoor clothing and waterproofs and good pair of gardening gloves

What can I expect to learn from this course?

During the 3 week programme, you will achieve the following:

· Level 1 Award in Employability Skills

· Level 2 Award in Health & Safety

· Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting

· Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Manually Fed Wood-Chipper

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?