If you love the outdoors and are passionate about conservation and the environment then a career in arboriculture could be just what you are looking for. You will need a good head for heights, stamina, a practical outlook and great initiative, you will also need to be prepared to work in all weathers! From identifying species affected by disease, to chopping branches from the highest canopies there is a wide range of specialist areas of arboriculture for you to explore.
To ensure you gain all the skills needed for a career in the arboriculture industry, you will need to start your studies at Level 2. On successful completion you can go into employment or continue your studies at Level 3.
It takes great skill and specialist training to identify problems with trees and plants, to know how and when to fell or prune a tree, to turn branches into woodchip or to replant trees. Our Level 2 apprenticeship will form the foundation for you to join the arboriculture industry and the wide range of occupations available in this area.
The area of arboriculture you specialise in will depend on the
work your employer carries out. This could be work in a garden
centre, landscape design, forestry, woodland management or
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GCSEs in English and maths at grade 3. You will also need an employer willing to take you on as an apprentice.
While learning the practical side of arboriculture with your employer, you will also be required to attend college one day a week, where you will learn how to plant and help trees and shrubs to establish, how to identify trees and shrubs, the correct techniques for chainsaw work and tree climbing, health and safety, risk assessments and pollution control.
The area of arboriculture you specialise in will depend on the work your employer carries out. This could be work in a garden centre, landscape design, forestry, woodland management or timber industries.
During the course you will also have the opportunity to obtain the following additional Level 2 qualifications: Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D, Safe Use of Brushwood Chipper, Chainsaw Maintenance, Crosscutting Timber Using a Chainsaw, Felling & Processing Timber up to 380mm, Safe Use of Mobile Elevated Work Platform, and Accessing a Tree Using Rope & Harness.
While studying at Bicton College you can take advantage of the College’s estate, which houses an arboretum with veteran and specimen trees, machinery workshops, over 200 acres of extensive parklands and lots of opportunities for you to develop your tree climbing techniques.
Continue your studies with our Arboriculture Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 or our Forestry & Arboriculture Diploma Level 3, or go into employment.
Careers in this industry
- Arboricultural officer
- Forestry worker
- Forest officer
- Arboriculture consultant
- Forest pathologist
- Forest ranger
- Forest manager
- Urban forester
- Biodiversity officer
*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.