Arboriculture (Tree Surgery) and Forestry Intermediate Diploma (Level 2)

Course overview

This practical and hands-on course will give you the knowledge and understanding required for a career in arboriculture or forestry.

This qualification will be particularly useful if you want to be employed as a practical worker within the arboriculture industry.

You will also complete around 150 hours of industry-based work experience.

You will learn

  • Chainsaw maintenance
  • Machinery use
  • Tree felling
  • Tree identification
  • Tree climbing
  • Pruning operations
Entry requirements
  • At least three GCSEs at grade 3 and above (D and above) or equivalent
  • Successful completion of Introduction to Careers in the Environment (Level 1) or equivalent
  • Relevant prior learning or experience gained in an appropriate professional environment will be considered
  • A real interest in the chosen subject

Before you start your course, if you are aged between 16 and 18 years, you will be required to attend a fun and practical two-day preparation workshop where you will meet your tutors and other students on your course. Further details will be provided at the point of an offer being made.

Successful completion of this course with suitable grades will enable you to progress to an Arboriculture (Tree Management) and Forestry Advanced Diploma (Level 3), the Arborist Apprenticeship, or employment in the arboriculture or forestry industries.

Ruby's story

The course was amazing! I learnt so much, from all the different tree species to being shown how to use a chainsaw. I can’t wait to start my Level 3 tree surgery qualification and my career in the industry.