You will be provided with a broad range of skills required to work competently within the arboriculture industry at a supervisory level. Practical and work skills will be developed in the workplace while theoretical background knowledge will be taught and reviewed mainly at College.
The units you take will be dependent on what area of the industry you are involved in, and will be chosen in consultation with you and your employer.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject.
You will need:
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present an example of current work.
You must be in employment, with some supervisory responsibility, and committed to a career in the arboriculture industry. You will undergo an initial assessment before starting the programme to ensure that you are capable of achieving the outcomes and have an interest in this area of work.
Training is largely work-based with ongoing practical assessments undertaken in your workplace. You will keep a portfolio of evidence of your practical ability and theoretical understanding.
You will need safety boots, overalls, waterproofs and writing materials.
For apprentices over the age of 19+, an employer contribution is required.
You can consider undertaking a Level 4 management programme. There is also a range of short courses and certificates of competence relevant to the industry that you can undertake.
Mature student Mark Hall clearly recalls the elation he felt when he conquered his fears and peeped from the top branch of a towering tree across the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.
Mark, 40, took redundancy from his supervisor's job at Tesco in Alfreton and retrained as an arborist at Derby College's Broomfield Hall.
Now he and his colleague Andrew Fretwell, who also took redundancy from Tesco, have launched their own business, Green Line Tree Services.
Mark gained a Distinction on his Level 2 Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture, second only to Andrew's Distinction*.
He said he gradually built confidence in his climbing skills and in using his equipment.
The moment he first stood at the top of his "target tree" to look at the stunning views around Broomfield Hall is "not one I'm likely to forget."
It was an excellent course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I got on very well with the lecturers. They knew so much and it almost felt like an honour to be able to absorb their knowledge as they passed it on.
"The wealth of information that was there throughout, from woodland management, to the practical side: you never felt you weren't getting what you needed.