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Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Trees & Timber Ground Based Arborist (Arboriculture Apprenticeship)

The aim of an Apprenticeship is to train learners in the basic practical skills appropriate to their position and to provide a platform of skills to enable further development at Advanced Level.

The Course
The duration of the course is 18 months and delivered through block release training.

Course Content
The framework consists of:

  • Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Trees and Timber (Arboriculture)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Functional Skills
    English level 1
    Maths level 1
  • Employee Rights and Responsibilities Hand Book
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

Candidates must achieve a minimum of 37 credits for the Diploma, below is the list of units we offer.

  • Unit 201 – Control local pollution incidents in environment industries (5)
  • Unit 202 – Tree identifications and their properties (5)
  • Unit 203 – Monitoring and maintaining Health & Safety (3)
  • Unit 210 – Fell and Process Small Trees (3)
  • Unit 212 – Crosscut & Stack small diameter timber using a Chainsaw (1)
  • Unit 219 – Prepare & Maintain safe working sites for arboricultural operations (4)
  • Unit 220 – Arboricultural Ground worker (2)
  • Unit 221 – Process residues from tree work and timber operations (1)
  • Unit 224 – Dispose of stumps (1)
  • Unit 236 – Chainsaw Maintenance (1)
  • Unit 247 – Wood Fuel (3)
  • Unit 277 – Pests and Diseases (3)
  • Unit 276 – Maintain Plants Outdoors (3)

The Diploma units map to the occupational standards for several Level 2 NPTC Certificates of Competence: CS30/31/and chipper. Only when apprentices are deemed to be technically competent and up to date with their Diploma work will work based assessors put them forward to take the associated certificate of competence assessments (i.e. CS units).
Payment for these assessments must be made in advance of the assessment taking place.

You will be assessed through observation of practical tasks as well as some written underpinning knowledge questions. There will be examinations for Functional Skills.

Qualification Gained
Successful completion of this course leads to the nationally recognised award of Apprenticeship in Trees & Timber consisting of Level 2 Work Based Diploma in Trees and Timber (Arboriculture): Level 1 Functional Skills in maths and English. Emergency First Aid at work

Progression from this course may include:

  • Level 2 NPTC Certificate of Competence qualifications
  • Level 3 Work Based Diploma in Trees and Timber (Advanced Apprenticeship)
  • Level 3 National Certificate in Arboriculture

Entry Requirements
All students are assessed on an individual basis and will need to demonstrate that they can achieve all elements of the framework but the normal entry requirements are:

  • educated to GCSE standard and working at Entry Level 3
  • at least 16 years old on entry
  • you need to be employed within the Arboricultural Industry, working a minimum of 30 hours per week under a contract of employment.

Fees payable by the employer
16-18 Free
19 + Employer contribution required. Fee levels available on request.
NPTC assessment towards a legislative/occupational test will be charged in addition to the above fees.

Additional Costs for Equipment
Students need to have ballistic boots, a pruning saw, chain maintenance kit, gloves and wet weather clothing. Students need to provide their own writing materials and folders. There may be a requirement to purchase some reference books.


  • Enfield
  • Crystal Palace
  • Horsenden Farm

The Arboriculture Industry
Capel Manor College, by offering Apprenticeships are responding to local and national employer needs and will ensure that all frameworks are reflective of industry needs.

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