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Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Horticulture, Floristry & Arboriculture
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year
Course Code   10126-BIC-22

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19, Adult
Location   Bicton College
Start Date   13/09/2022

If you enjoy being outdoors and are looking for a career that is physically demanding, exciting and adventurous then Forestry and Arboriculture could be for you.

The first thing you’ll notice about this course is that it is very practical learning. You will be spending a lot of time in the workshop, learning how to care for and maintain the equipment, and even more time outdoors using it.

You will be working with chainsaws, large and small, and learn how to safely fell trees and then dismantle them on the ground and turn them into useful product. You will also learn how to safely climb trees and move around in the canopy to inspect, prune or dismantle them.

Our workshop is stocked with the latest tools, climbing equipment and chainsaws so you will become familiar with the equipment of the modern arborist and competent to use it all.

We also have connections with the professional bodies in Arboriculture and with manufacturers and suppliers of equipment so you will become aware of trends and developments in the industry.

It is not all fun in the outdoors though! The time you do spend in the classroom will give you a good understanding of the Forestry and Arboriculture industry, an insight into how trees work and how to look after them and bring you bang up to date with modern working practices and health and safety.

  What You Will Learn

This one year course will give you an understanding of plant and soil science, the ability to work safely with chainsaws and other arboricultural tools, the ability to identify different tree species and some knowledge of how to manage them. In short, you will have the necessary skills to begin a career in forestry and arboriculture or the foundation from which to go on to further academic and practical education in the subject.

  Entry Requirements

You should have a good level of physical fitness and mobility and be prepared to work outdoors all year round. You will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3, which must include English and maths.

  Work Experience

You are required to complete 150 hours of work experience as part of the course. This amounts to a little over 20 days. Many students find work experience working with tree surgery companies. This will often involve working on trees in private gardens as well as for local authorities and for the highways agency. Some students work with landscaping companies who do more general garden design and maintenance work with some tree management as well. Some students complete their work experience with forestry companies involved in planting trees, amanging woodlands and large scale felling operations.


You will be assessed through assignments, practical tasks, short projects and work logbooks and reflective journals.


Once you’ve finished the Level 2 course, you’ll have a real understanding of the Forestry and Arboriculture industry and how to be a useful member of a team in it. From this point you can go on to further your skills and knowledge in a Level 3 course or an apprenticeship.




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