Arborist Standard Apprenticeship

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10+ weeks
Part time
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Arborist Standard Apprenticeship

Arborists can work for local authorities, private companies and many are also self-employed.

Suitability - Who should attend?

You need to be employed in a suitable position and hold a minimum level 1 (GCSE 2 to 9) maths and English or Entry Level 3 on Initial assessment. If not already achieved, you will have to achieve Level 1 English and maths and take the test for level 2 prior to taking your end-point assessment (EPA).

Training Course Content

What you'll learn

The EPA can only be taken after the conditions of the Assessment Gateway have been successfully achieved.

  • Level 3 award in emergency first aid at work
  • 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)
  • Achieved Level 1 English & Maths
  • Taken Level 2 English & Maths Assessment

Course delivery details

This apprenticeship will be delivered within the college and workplace, with ongoing support from a dedicated performance coach.

You will be required to attend college one day per week throughout the duration of the programme to complete the mandatory qualifications and to learn the required Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours. However, you may also be required for college attendance on additional days to support the delivery of functional Skills.

On conclusion that the assessment gateway requirements have been achieved, you will be able to proceed to the end-point assessment stage of the apprenticeship. It is expected that you complete the assessment gateway requirements within three months of your planned apprenticeship completion.

EPA Consists of:

  • Holistic Project
  • Structured Interview (including discussion based on the portfolio)
  • Online Multiple Choice Knowledge Tests
  • Practical tests


Please visit the College website for more information about tuition fees

Continuing Studies

On completion of this standard, you can progress into arboriculture with industry-recognised qualifications.

An arborist apprenticeship can lead to a rewarding career in a variety of aboriculture roles. You may choose to progress with your employer, change jobs or study a higher-level apprenticeship.

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OX1 1SA Oxford Oxfordshire

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