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Arboriculture career specialisation opportunity

Specialise in arboriculture and at the same time learn how to manage the business side of arboriculture operations.

This 900 hour course for managers and supervisors of workers in arboriculture will help you realise your career goals in this exciting and challenging industry.

There are 7 modules plus a 200 hr workplace project in this course.  The 4 'core units' are common to all streams of this Advanced Certificate and cover office practices, business operations, management and marketing - all the skills needed by managers and supervisors; the three 'specialist units' of study relate to the selection, culture, maintenance, care and repair of  trees with a further emphasis on other plants. A well-rounded course.

This course is internationally accredited through I.A.R.C.



This course is comprised of:

  • Core studies - Four units (400 hours) of compulsory subjects for all students.
  • Elective studies - Three stream units (300 hours) for the development of knowledge in arboriculture
  • Project - a workplace project of 200 hrs relevant to your field of study. The project specifically aims to provide the student with the opportunity to apply and integrate skills and knowledge developed through various areas of formal study. Contact the school for more information.



Totalling 400 hours. All four of these modules must be studied and passed.

1. Office practices

Develops basic office skills covering use of equipment, communication systems (telephone, fax, etc) and office procedures such as filing, security, workplace organisations, etc.

2. Business operations

Develops knowledge of basic business operations and procedures (eg. types of businesses, financial management, business analysis, staffing, productivity, etc) and the skills to develop a 12 month business plan.

3. Management

Develops knowledge of management structures, terminology, supervision, recruitment and workplace health and safety.

4. Marketing

Develops a broad understanding of marketing and specific skills in writing advertisements, undertaking market research, developing an appropriate marketing plan and selling.


1. Arboriculture I

There are eight lessons in this module, as follows:

1. Introduction To Arboriculture

2. Tree Biology

3. Soils In Relation To Trees

4. Diagnosing Tree Problems

5. Tree Surgery

6. Pruning Of Trees

7. Arboricultural Equipment

8. Workplace Health & Safety.


2. Arboriculture II

There are 7 lessons as follows:

1. Planting Techniques

2. Controlling Plant Problems

3. Strengthening Weak Trees

4. Controlling Damage Caused by Plants

5. Tree Felling & Stump Removal

6. Tolerant Plant Species

7. Establishing a Tree Plantation


3. Trees for Rehabilitation

There are ten lessons are as follows...

1. Approaches To Land Rehabilitation

2. Ecology Of Soils And Plant Health

3. Introduction To Seed Propagation Techniques

4. Propagation And Nursery Stock.

5. Dealing With Chemical Problems

6. Physical Plant Effects On Degraded Sites

7. Plant Establishment Programs

8. Hostile Environments

9. Plant Establishment Care

10. Rehabilitating Degraded Sites



Here is just some of what you will do.....

  • Distinguish between plants in order to identify at least 50 trees.
  • Develop a standard tree report form, customised for surveying the condition and use of trees in your locality.
  • Explain how to treat three specified soil related problems that can effect trees.
  • Develop a twelve month program, for managing a health problem detected by you in an established tree.
  • Demonstrate bridge grafting across a bark wound.
  • Distinguish between different methods of pruning including:

- Canopy reduction - Cleaning out - Topiary - Espaliering

  • Determine the minimum equipment required to commence business as a tree surgeon.
  • Compare three different chainsaws, to determine appropriate applications for each.
  • Determine legislation which is relevant to a specific arborist in a workplace which you visit.
  • Explain tree injection, including the technique and applications.
  • Identify five situations where trees require strengthening operations to be carried out.
  • Compare four different ways to control roots which invade underground pipes.
  • Calculate the cost of removing a specified tree.
  • Determine five appropriate tree species suited to a specific site visited and analysed.
  • Devise a method for removing a tree, including tree felling and stump removal.
  • Analyse three specimens of mature trees, from each of five different genera, to detect any patterns in problems occurring in those trees.
  • Develop criteria for the establishment of a tree plantation on a specific site which addresses; site restrictions, cost and function.
  • Compare different approaches to land rehabilitation, to determine strengths and weaknesses of alternative options on a site to be rehabilitated.
  • Determine techniques to maximise plant development in land rehabilitation situations.
  • Explain the different ways of producing seedling trees for land rehabilitation purposes.
  • Determine appropriate plant establishment programs.
  • Develop procedures to care for plants, during establishment in an hostile environment.
  • Manage the rehabilitation of degraded soil.
  • Explain the effect of plants on improving a degraded site, both physically and chemically.




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Phone (UK) 01384 44272, (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or

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