Level 2 Arboriculture Apprenticeships

Subject Area: Course code: Course Type:
Arboriculture AB166E05/22/1 Apprenticeship

Course Information

This apprenticeship is aimed at anyone who wants to be involved in tree care. Whilst this is primarily oriented towards chainsaw usage in the tree canopy, you will also be covering pests and diseases, tree identification, tree biology, soil science and legislation relating to tree work. This is a great opportunity to earn the necessary Certificates Of Competence that the industry requires.

The apprenticeship consists of 18 months to complete the underpinning theory and practical work with an additional three months to complete the End Point Assessment.


  • Level 2 Arborist
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 apprenticeship benefits the apprentice and the employer by funding a large number of Certificates of Competence:
    • Chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting
    • Felling and processing trees up to 380mm
    • Climbing trees and performing an aerial rescue
    • Aerial cutting
    • Safe use of woodchippers
    • Safe use of a MEWP
    • Chainsaw from a MEWP
    • Traffic management
    • Emergency First Aid at Work

    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. Employers may stipulate additional eligibility requirements.
    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.
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.

Materials Required

You will need access to a PC/laptop to develop your e-portfolio.

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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