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Arboriculture (Trees and Timber) Intermediate Level Apprenticeship at Guildford College

Course description

Practical work is carried out both in the woods, the golf course and ornamental grounds of the College's 400 acre estate and on outside worksites, giving a good range of realistic working situations.

Skilled and experienced tutors make full use of the well-equipped workshops, laboratories and wide range of machinery during the course, whilst the diverse range of tree and shrub species in the woodlands, ornamental grounds and plant nursery provides an excellent resource for developing plant knowledge.

Several renowned gardens and aboreta, such as Kew, Wisley and Winkworth, are within easy reach of Merrist Wood.

Course content

This Apprenticeship covers

  • Functional skills
  • Tree climbing and aerial rescue
  • Chainsaw maintenance and crosscutting
  • Felling trees up to 380mm in width
  • Use of a pole pruner
  • Tree planting
  • Health and safety
  • Controlling local pollution
  • Tree identification

Entry requirements

You should be working in the industry and interested in developing your skills. Good GCSEs are an advantage.

This apprenticeship can also be for adult learners who have experience within the industry or who are looking for a career change or progression.


Assessment is varied and will be carried out both at College and in the workplace.


Future opportunities

You could move onto the Level 3 courses in Arboriculture or the Advanced Apprenticeship. Alternatively you could continue in your career within the arboriculture industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Guildford College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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