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 to 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 it is important that learners 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 your 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 own vehicle to travel to this external site.
After the course you will be able to continue onto other courses or work in the arboriculture industry. Many students who enrol on one of these courses go on to set up their own businesses, based on the training that they have received.
We will prepare you with the requisite skills for immediate entry into 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: https://www.studleytrust.co.uk/
- 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