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Arboriculture I (Basic) 100 Hours Certificate Course

Price: £325.00Course Code: BHT106
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( Chris, 18/01/2019 ) Q:

Hi I am possibly starting a new job in the forestry sector, I’m looking to gain a vast experience in this area. Would this be the first course to start with for someone with no experience? Thanks

( 21/01/2019 ) A:

Hello Chris,

Thank you for your question.

Arboriculture I (Basic) is ideal for beginners and will help you understand many aspects of what you should know to work in the forestry industry. It is an in-depth introduction to the subject, covering all of the lessons listed.

You can complete the course prior to getting work in the forestry sector, so that you can use what you learn to demonstrate that you have a good level of understanding of the basics of arboriculture at interviews.

Alternatively, you can complete the course as you work, showing your employer that you are keen to learn everything that's required to be good at what you do.

Best regards


( Rhys James, 14/05/2018 ) Q:

Is this course equivalent to a GCSE or A level or something similar?

( 05/06/2018 ) A:

Hello Rhys,

Thank you for both your questions.

Both courses are at least to A level standard, providing that you fully engage with the course. If you have no arboriculture qualifications, then you should start off with the basic course.

Best regards


( Matthew Rawlins, 17/04/2018 ) Q:

In my work as a council locality Officer I am required to check on the health of trees on the council's land, I have received some training of tree health as part of my BTEC in felling and crosscutting and have had a two day course in tree identification as part of my role, but am looking for more detailed training possibly as a foundation to becoming a tree specialist for the council, in short is this the right course for me?

( 17/04/2018 ) A:

Hi Matthew,

We believe that our arboriculture courses should help you. They have been developed over many years and updated when needed by industry relevant professionals, so the information you will gain by completing them will be accurate and technically correct, which will be very important in helping you to acquire the expertise to be able to achieve your goal.

I have emailed you more detailed information, but in the meantime you may also like to consider our Arboriculture II (Intermediate) and Trees for Rehabilitation (Tree Health Management) courses, as a follow up to this course. This will allow you to gradually increase your areas of expertise in the different areas of arboriculture.

I hope that this helps.

Best regards


( M, 18/10/2017 ) Q:

I'm thinking of studying this course at the beginning of next year (2018). Should I decide to ahead with this, what opportunities might I expect to become available to me with an Ofqual Endorsed Qualification?

( 19/10/2017 ) A:

Hello M. Thank you for your question.

First let me politely point out that our qualifications are not endorsed by Ofqual. They are endorsed and issued by TQUK, an Ofqual approved awarding organisation. TQUK can be found on the Ofqual register and we are recognised as a Centre by TQUK.

Unfortunately we cannot answer your question about what opportunities you can expect from gaining the qualification with any guarantees. However, because the qualification is issued by an Ofqual "recognised" organisation, it carries weight. Employers can be confident that you have completed an independently approved course and that your qualification comes from a reliable and trusted source. Whereas some employers may view qualifications that are issued by non recognised colleges or bodies with suspicion. So a possible scenario could be that an employer chooses you over another job applicant, due to where your qualification comes from.

It is also important to remember that most employers will test what you know and if you will be able to apply your learning to their business. Therefore what the course actually teaches you may be even more important in the long-term. Our courses are written by industry relevant professionals, with the needs of employers paramount when preparing the learning material, meaning you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to help convince a potential employer that you are the right person for the job, plus to be a successful and valued employee when you get it.

I hope that this helps.



( Natasha, 27/09/2014 ) Q:

Is there any practical to this course or is it all just written work?

( 30/09/2014 ) A:

Hello Natasha,


This course will expect you to do some practical aspects that you will document as you go through the course. The course is laid out as follows:


Lesson Notes - information that you are expected to read through and absorb

Set Task - often in the form of practical experiments, research or some directed reading

Assignments - Feeding from the lesson and Set Task, this is the graded aspect of the course


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Arboriculture I (Basic) 100 Hours Certificate Course

Arboriculture I course online: an excellent distance learning foundation programme in tree care, tree management and tree culture, that you learn through home study.

This course helps you develop skills and understanding in the diagnosis and treatment of tree disorders, whether the problem is being caused by pests, disease, nutritional and water problems, or something else. You will also learn about standard tree surgery practice and essential pruning techniques such as: crown cleaning, crown thinning, crown reduction, crown lifting and crown renewal, plus normal branch removal.

After completing this course developed and updated by tree surgery professionals over many years, you will know where and how to plant trees, what varieties of trees to plant, how to transplant trees from one place to another and how to protect young trees. You will also have a good basic working knowledge of tree biology, soil chemistry in relation to trees, diagnosing tree problems, tree surgery, the right equipment to use in tree work, plus important workplace health and safety knowledge.

Once you have completed this course, you can extend your skills and level of expertise even further with our follow on intermediate course: Arboriculture II and/or Trees for Rehabilitation. There are also specialised tree course options available, including Deciduous Trees which covers: Maple, Birch, Ash, Oak, Prunus and other lesser known varieties.

Student Comments:

"This course will be a great help in my professional career but it also adds to my general knowledge of trees and enhances my interest in trees."Lisa B, Arboriculture I, UK


Learning Goals:   Arboriculture I BHT106
  • Describe measures to provide healthy trees in different situations, including appropriate plant selection.
  • Explain tree biology, including morphology, anatomy and physiology, as it relates to arboriculture.
  • Develop procedures to manage soils for improved tree growth.
  • Develop procedures for managing health disorders with trees, including environmental, pest and disease problems.
  • Determine surgical techniques commonly used in arboriculture to repair damage to plants
  • Explain tree surgery techniques commonly used in arboriculture to prune growth.
  • Determine appropriate equipment for arboricultural practice.
  • Determine appropriate workplace health and safety practices for an arboricultural workplace.


Lesson Structure:   Arboriculture I BHT106

There are 8 lessons:

1  Introduction to Arboriculture

  • Trees in the garden
  • Planting in the right position
  • Choosing the right variety
  • Choosing the right specimen
  • How to plant different types of trees
  • Transplanting
  • Tree Guards
  • Using a Tree Report Form

2  Tree Biology

  • Tree growth
  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Transpiration
  • Vernilisation
  • What makes foliage change colour
  • Tree physiology: Roots, Stems, Leaves
  • Bud types
  • How a tree grows
  • Vascular tissue
  • Cambium
  • Xylem
  • Phloem
  • Secondary growth
  • Growth rings
  • Heartwood
  • Sapwood
  • Compartmentalisation
  • Water and plant growth,
  • Growth rate factors
  • Arboricultural terminology

3  Soils In Relation to Trees

  • Fertilising
  • Compacted soils
  • Tree health and drainage
  • Treating soil over winter
  • Changed soil levels around trees
  • Measuring pH
  • Measuring soil organic content
  • Measuring water content
  • Determining fertiliser solubility
  • Testing affect of lime on soil
  • Laboratory testing of soils
  • Soil texture, Measuring salinity
  • Soil horizons
  • Soil Naming
  • Soil nutrition
  • Fertilisers, etc

4  Diagnosing Tree Problems

  • Tree health disorders
  • Frost protection
  • Minimising frost and wind damage
  • Mulch and frost, Mistletoe
  • Diagnosing problems
  • Conducting a Tree inspection

5  Tree Surgery

  • Tree surgery-do you need it?
  • Review of techniques
  • Tree surgery safety
  • Safety and the worker
  • Public safety
  • Safety regulations
  • Cavity treatments
  • Bracing
  • Cabling
  • Propping
  • Bark wounds
  • Tree climbing techniques, Knots, Anchoring points, etc.

6  Pruning Trees

  • Pruning objectives
  • Removing branches
  • Crown cleaning
  • Crown thinning
  • Crown reduction
  • Crown lifting
  • Crown renewal
  • Fruit tree pruning
  • Felling a whole tree
  • Felling sections of a tree: terminology.

7  Aboriculture Equipment

  • Secateurs
  • Hand saws
  • Power tools
  • Safety with electricity
  • Engine and tool maintenance
  • Chain saws
  • Hedge trimmers
  • Ladders
  • Harnesses
  • Ropes
  • Pole belt
  • Spurs etc

8  Workplace Health and Safety

  • Duty of Care
  • Lifting & manual handling
  • Protective equipment
  • Handling tools and machinery
  • Auditing tools and equipment 


Practicals:   The Set Tasks You Will Do in This Course in Addition to the Reading.
  • Distinguish between plants in order to identify many different trees.
  • Develop a standard tree report form, customised for surveying the condition and use of trees in your locality.
  • Explain how to treat three specified soil related problems that can effect trees.
  • Develop a twelve month program, for managing a health problem detected by you in an established tree.
  • Demonstrate bridge grafting across a bark wound.
  • Distinguish between different methods of pruning including:
    • Canopy reduction
    • Cleaning out
    • Topiary
    • Espaliering
  • Determine the minimum equipment required to commence business as a tree surgeon.
  • Compare different chainsaws, to determine appropriate applications for each.


The quality of this course is second to none, from the in-depth learning you will get to the expert individual mentoring you will receive throughout your studies. The mentors for this course are: 

Bunch of three rosesSusan Stephenson
BSc in Applied Plant Biology (Botany) Univ. London 1983.
City and guilds: Garden Centre Management, Management and Interior Decor (1984)
Management qualifications in training with retail store. Diploma in Hort level 2 (RHS General) Distinction. 


Susan Stephenson is a passionate and experienced horticulturist and garden designer. She has authored three books, lectures at 2 Further and Higher Education Colleges, teaching people of all ages and backgrounds about the wonders of plants and garden design, and tutors many students by correspondence from all over the world.

Susan studied botany at Royal Holloway College (Univ of London) and worked in the trading industry before returning to her first love plants and garden design. She is therefore, well placed to combine business knowledge with horticulture and design skills. Her experience is wide and varied and she has designed gardens for families and individuals. Susan is a mentor for garden designers who are just starting out, offering her support and advice and she also writes, delivers and assesses courses for colleges, introducing and encouraging people into horticulture and garden design.
In 2010, Susan authored a complete module for a Foundation degree (FDSC) in Arboriculture.
Susan holds the RHS General with Distinction. She continues to actively learn about horticulture and plants and (as her students will tell you) remains passionate and interested in design and horticulture.
Steven Whitaker course tutorSteven Whitaker
Diploma in Garden Design (Distinction) – The Blackford Centre, Gold Certificate of Achievement in Horticulture, Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture, Level 1 NOCN Introduction to Gardening, – Joseph Priestly College, BTEC Diploma in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Operations (Merit), Trainer Skills 1, & 2, Group trainer, Interview and Selection Skills – Kirby College of Further Education
Steven has a wealth of Horticultural knowledge, having ran his own Design and Build service, Landscaping company, and been a Head Gardener. His awards include five Gold awards at Leeds in Bloom, two Gold awards at Yorkshire in Bloom and The Yorkshire Rose Award for Permanent Landscaping. Steven has worked with TV’s Phil Spencer as his garden advisor on the Channel 4 TV Programme, “Secret Agent”. 
He is qualified to Level 2 NVQ in Amenity Horticulture and has a Diploma in Garden Design which he passed with Distinction. Steven’s Tutor and Mentor was the Chelsea Flower Show Gold Award-winning Garden Designer, Tracy Foster. He also works for a major Horticultural Commercial Grower in the field of Propagation and Craft Gardening. Steven lives in Leeds where he is a Freelance Garden Designer and Garden Advice Consultant. 

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Course Prerequisite None - Our course levels are an indication of the depth of learning you should receive. They do not describe the level of difficulty.
Course Qualification (Study Option A)Endorsed Qualification from TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation - Completed written assignments, plus final exam (N.B. Some courses have Final Project alternative).
Course Qualification (Study Option B)Certificate of Attainment from ADL - Completed written assignments only - no final exam.
Comparative Credits InformationUK Course Credits: 10 - U.S. Credit Hours: 3 - when compared to regulated courses.
Course Duration and Deadlines100 hours approx. Course hours given are a guide only. Work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines or completion date. You are in control!
Study SupportPersonal tutor/mentor support from industry relevant professionals throughout your whole course. Mentors are contactable by e-mail, telephone and through the online classroom. They provide assistance with your course material, plus discuss, explain and give advice when needed.
Suitability for Self Employment and Small BusinessesOur courses are ideal for sole traders and small business owners and their staff. Customer confidence in what you can do will determine how successful you are in getting clients. Completing one or more of our courses for the service you have to offer, will give you the tools to grow your business.
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Its with great pleasure I am announcing you my new job as 'Park Manager' for a 5 star hotel in Reunion Island.  Its definitely my courses with ADL (Botany, Agronomy and Trees for Rehabilitation) which were decisive for my nomination. Accordingly, my sincere thanks goes to all the ADL team.

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