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Skills Bootcamp in Arboriculture

  • 11 Weeks | Part Time
  • Suffolk Rural
  • Level 2 | Vocational

Course overview

‘Skills Bootcamps – part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee, helping everyone gain skills for life’. 

The Level 2 Award in Practical Environmental and Conservation Skills aims to:

  • Provide learners with the opportunity to acquire the essential skills, knowledge and understanding required for employment in forestry and related industries, and enable them to progress to advanced study
  • Provide a stimulating and supportive learning environment for learners to develop their potential contribution to forestry and associated industries
  • Develop underpinning knowledge within the subject area, by promoting and encouraging the development of new techniques and learning activities

The practical elements of the course are taught offsite in realistic working environments. The main component of the course is a Level 2 Award in Practical Environmental and Conservation Skills.

Whilst undertaking Arboriculture learning learners must understand the inherent physically demanding nature of the course. It is therefore important that students inform the college of any relevant long or short-term medical condition to allow appropriate risk assessment to ensure their safety during learning. This can be disclosed either on enrolment or raised to your teaching team. All information disclosed in this regard will be treated confidentially.

The course will prepare you practically for the following NPTC units:

  • 2003 Chainsaw maintenance and cross-cutting (Previously CS30)
  • 2004 Felling and processing trees up to 380mm (Previously CS31)
  • 2013 Climb trees and rescue (Previously CS38)
  • 2108 Aerial cutting of trees with a chainsaw (Previously CS39)

You may also have the opportunity to undertake the following (subject to availability);

  • Emergency First Aid certificate (£45)
  • LANTRA Basic Tree inspection (£180)

Due to the nature of the course, there will be a large amount of offsite training. Therefore, you will be expected to use your vehicle to travel to this external site.

This is a 3 day per week course for 11 weeks.

Next Steps

After the course, you will be able to continue on other courses or work in the arboriculture industry. Many students who enrol on one of these courses go on to set up their businesses, based on the training that they have received.

We will prepare you with the requisite skills for immediate entry into the industry to do jobs such as:

  • A self-employed arboricultural contractor
  • An arborist for national parks and gardens
  • An arborist for local authorities
  • Woodland Management

You may be eligible for financial support through the Studley Trust. To check eligibility please follow this link:

Additional Costs:

  • Chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting – £139.00
  • Crosscutting and basic felling of trees up to 380mm – £123.00
  • Access a tree using rope and harness and aerial tree rescue operations – £187.00
  • Operate a chainsaw from rope and harness – £171.00


This is one of our skills Bootcamp courses – to view more visit our Bootcamp page.

Course highlights

  • Woody plant physiology
  • Supply/ planting/ aftercare of woody plants
  • Principles of tree surgery operations
  • Tree inspections
  • Statute and common law applied to trees
  • Principles of aerial tree surgery
  • Ground based arboricultural operations

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