Level 2 Arboriculture Apprenticeships

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
HACF AB166E05/19/1 Apprenticeship

Course Information

Are you working in, or do you want to work in Arboriculture? This course will give you an opportunity to learn, develop and practise the skills you need to further your career in this industry.


  • Level 2 Arboriculture Apprenticeship
Course Content
  • You will be required to undertake and have an understanding of a number of different core skills, knowledge & behaviours in order to complete this apprenticeship.

    These include: Using and maintaining a chainsaw, Felling and processing trees, Climbing trees using a rope and harness, and using elevated platforms, Recognising different types of trees and shrubs, Identifying and managing pests, diseases and tree defects.

    The following licence to practice qualifications are required prior to taking the end point assessment: Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work, Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper, Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D, Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance, Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw, Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm, Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness, Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations, Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques, Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform, Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP).

    If you do not already hold Level 1 Functional Skills in maths and English (GCSE grade 2 or E), you will need to achieve this level and take the test for Level 2 Functional Skills in maths and English prior to taking the end-point assessment.You will be required to attend college one day a week.
Entry Requirements
  • GCSE grade 2 or E in maths and English or level 1 functional skills in maths and English. Entry is subject to a successful interview and you will undertake an initial assessment in maths and English regardless of previous qualifications.

    You must be working under a suitable and relevant contract of employment for a minimum of 30 hours a week. If you do not have an employer, we may be able to help you find one.
Next Steps
  • You will have the opportunity to progress on to a higher level apprenticeship standard or to continue working within the industry.
Career Opportunities
  • An arborist may progress to undertake inspections and surveys of individual and woodland trees, advising landowners on how to care for their trees, or teaching others about the benefits of carefully managing trees.

Dates & Fees

Dates & Times
Start date: End date: Start time: End time:
Throughout the Year Dependant on apprenticeship
Mode of attendance
Day of the week Number of sessions
Dependant on apprenticeship Dependant on apprenticeship
Course Fees

There are no course fees for eligible students. Students will also earn a full-time wage while they are working for their apprenticeship employer.
You will need access to a PC/laptop to develop your e-portfolio. You may be required to purchase PPE and/or tools to use at work.

Materials Required

Writing materials - notebook and pen. Packed lunch and drink, especially if we are working away from college all day. Chainsaw Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to current industry standards is required for this course.

Work equipment, harnesses, PPE, etc., are available from the college, but candidates’ own may be used, subject to checks by the instructor.2 x passport photos and National Insurance (NI) number. Waterproofs/change of clothes in case of inclement weather.

What's next?

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