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Apprenticeship training course

Arboriculturist (level 4)

Undertake tree inspections and surveys.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
30 months
Apprenticeship category
Agriculture, environmental and animal care
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Tree inspection including assessment of health, defects, safety risks, site factors, planning requirements and aesthetics.
  • Interpret maps and plans.
  • Assess tree risk to inform decision making.
  • Specify arboricultural works.
  • Select advanced diagnostic equipment for tree risk assessment.
  • Select biosecurity protocols.
  • Follow instructions and processes.
  • Write arboricultural reports.
  • Use software-based tree management systems, including associated laptop and handheld remote working equipment.
  • Produce plans using digital mapping software (for example GIS).
  • Select and use different formats to communicate information (for example table, image, map, text, graph).
  • Collect, research and analyse arboricultural information and data including reliable information sources.
  • Advise on implications of arboricultural policy, legislation, regulation and best practice including local and national planning policy.
  • Identification of tree species, their characteristics and requirements for healthy growth.
  • Manage projects including working within budget, systems and processes.
  • Produce quotations or tenders including defining a scope/specification of work.
  • Foster professional relationships with clients, customers and colleagues and engage with the community.
  • Negotiate with colleagues and stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Communicate information to technical and non- technical audiences using a range of techniques.
  • Take meeting notes or minutes.
  • Seek further information from managers, supervisors or colleagues, when necessary.
  • Create and evaluate relevant risk assessments and method statements for arboricultural operations.
  • Provide customer service.
  • Identify soil type, properties, condition and implications for tree health.
  • Value trees as assets for both amenity and ecosystem service provision.
  • Establish and monitor quality standards for tree work operations.
  • Promote the organisation, products, services or activities.
  • Collect tree data including taking measurements.
  • Make tree management recommendations verbally.
  • Identify tree pests and pathogens, assess impacts on tree health and suggest management responses.
  • Assess tree planting practices.

Full information on Arboriculturist (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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