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Professional Short Courses

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Capel Manor College offers an extensive selection of professional short courses in Horticulture and Arboriculture. Ranging from basic tree climbing techniques to chainsaw training and tractor driving (to name just a few), these courses are designed to provide specialist training and skills updating you or your employees to bring them in-line with rigorous industry standards. All courses are run by qualified instructors, most of whom are members of the LANTRA professional register, and are run periodically each month ranging from 1 to 5 days duration, but there’s a limit on the number of candidates due to the nature of the programmes so early application is advisable.

Our professional short courses are predominantly available at our Enfield centre which, set in 30 acres of grounds, offers its own first-rate training sites including our own gardens and farm making it an ideal location for land based training. We can however, on request, re-locate to one of our other centres at Gunnersbury Park, Regent’s Park, and Crystal Palace as long as these sites are deemed suitable for the specific course. We can also, under special arrangements and if suitable, carry out the training on your premises.

We can also provide courses to suit your particular needs and requirements so please contact the Short Course Coordinator on 08456 122122 ext 1245 or 1178 or email

Professional Short Courses: Important update

Both chainsaw units and horticultural professional short courses are now to be replaced by QCF (Qualification Credit Framework).

The major change is the way the course is now assessed.

If you would like to learn more about the changes
Please click here for chainsaw new awards explained
Please click here for horticulture new awards explained


Here is an overview of the courses we currently offer:

Arboriculture Professional Short Courses

  • Chainsaw

Lantra ITA Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross-Cutting and Basic Felling
Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting
Level 2 Award in Ground Based Chainsaw Operations
Level 2 Award in Tree Felling and Processing (up to 380mm)
Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue
Level 2 Award in Accessing a Tree with a Rope and Harness
Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm
Level 3 Award in Aerial Cutting of Trees using Free-Fall Techniques
Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Pruning

  • Forestry machinery

Brushcutters Maintenance and Operations
Brushwood Chipper Operations

  • Tree Inspection

Lantra Tree Survey and Inspection
Lantra Professional Tree Inspection (3 days)

Horticulture Professional Short Courses

Pesticides Application PA1/PA6A/PA6AW
NPTC Safe Use of Pedestrian Mowers
NTPC Safe Use of Ride On Mowers
NPTC Safe Use of Hedgetrimmers
NPTC Compact Tractor Driving and Related Operations

Animal Care/Management Professional Short Courses

Award in Safe Use of Veterinary Medicine
Level 2 Award in Basic Stockmanship and Welfare

First Aid

Lantra Emergency First Aid at Work
Lantra First Aid at Work (3 days)


To book this course contact Capel Manor Employer Services on 08456 122 122 ext 1245 or 1178
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