Arborist: Level 2 (24 months)


  • The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, aerial tree work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery such as brushwood chippers. Arborists can work for local authorities, private companies and many are also self- employed. Tree work can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weathers. An arborist will undertake aerial tree work but may also be ground-based. They do a range of tree work jobs with indirect supervision. They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills.

The following Certificates of Competence are included:

  • Level 2 award in emergency first aid at work (specialised for the tree care industry).
  • Level 2 award in safe use of brushwood chipper.
  • Traffic Management (NRSWA Unit 002 Signing, Lighting and Guarding) OR Sector Scheme 12D.
  • Level 2 award in chainsaw maintenance.
  • Level 2 award in crosscutting timber using a chainsaw.
  • Level 2 award in felling and processing trees up to 380mm.
  • Level 2 award in accessing a tree using a rope and harness.
  • Level 3 award in aerial tree rescue operations.
  • Level 3 award in aerial cutting of trees using free fall techniques.
  • Level 2 award in safe use of mobile elevated work platform.
  • Level 3 award in use of a chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP).


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