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Arboriculture II (Intermediate)
Arboriculture II (intermediate) 100 Hours Certificate Course
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Arboriculture II Distance Learning Course
ADL’s Arboriculture Course will help you build on your existing arboriculture knowledge
This follow on course delivered via distance learning and home study, builds on what you learned in Arboriculture I, but goes much deeper into planting and tree care.
It also develops your ability to treat trees in order to minimise potential long term tree problems, tolerance of different tree varieties to specific environmental conditions, plus bracing, felling and stump removal skills.
You will even learn how to establish a tree plantation including important knowledge of planning and producing scale drawings, plus designing wind breaks into the project for tree protection.
Once you have finished this informative programme developed over many years by experts in tree health management, why not improve your skills even further with Trees for Rehabilitation and/or Deciduous Trees, covering trees such as: Maple, Birch, Ash, Oak, Prunus and other varieties?
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Lesson Structure: Arboriculture II BHT208
There are 7 lessons:
1 Planting Techniques
- Matching a tree to the site
- Local regulations
- Planting at the right time
- Planting techniques
- Plant size and age
- Container type
- Buying a tree
- How to plant a tree
- Watering method
- Transplanting a large tree
- Preparing for transplanting
- Small feature trees
- Transplanting deciduous trees
- Pruning at planting
- Pocket planting
- Slope serratioin
- Planting on Arid sites
- Direct seeding
- Spray seeding
- Trees with berries
2 Controlling Plant Problems
- Tree guards
- Other Tree Problems: Fire damage, Fire Resistant trees, pollution and toxic reactions, Soil contamination
- Treating foliage burn
- Soil rehabilitation
- Trees to extract soil contaminants
- Soil chemical composition
- Air pollution and tree growth
- Pollutant tolerant trees
- Pollution intolerant trees
- Trees to control Urban air pollution,
- Dry soils
- Symptoms of drought stressed trees
- Dry soil tolerant trees
- Trees for hot sites
- Drainage problems and trees
- Wet tolerant trees
- Tree health problems
- Resistant plant species
- Choosing and using pesticides safely
- Biological controls of pest and disease
- Tree termites
- Tree injections
- Tree nutrition and nutrition management
3 Strengthening Weak Trees
- Trimming techniques
- Adverse responses to trimming
- Temporary props
- Modern bracing systems
- Rodding technique
- Guy wires
- How strong is dead wood?
4 Controlling Damage Caused by Plants
- Tree damage
- Tree root problems,
- Trees that can cause problems with drains
- Orecautions with drains
- Selecting and using trees near drains
- Limiting root problems
- Root pruning
- Trees and the water table (Aquafiers)
- Trees and power lines
- Poisonous trees
5 Tree Felling and Stump Removal
- Tree evaluation systems
- Calculating tree value
- Tree removal
- Why remove a tree?
- Tree felling methods: Axe, Saws, Winches, Chain saw
- Controlling the fall
- Different methods or removing stumps
- Protecting trees
- National Tree registers
- Measuring tree height
- Keeping a work site safe: risk assessment, Duty of care,
- Costing jobs,
6 Tolerant Plant Species
- What to plant where
- Tree data required
- Influence of trees on buildings
- Species suitability
- Planning considerations
- Harsh environments
- Frost protection
- Frost resistant trees
- Sun protection
- Wind protection
- Wind tolerant trees
- Soil degradation
- Saline tolerant trees
- Lime tolerance
- Acid tolerance
- Hardy trees for inner city
- Review of several major genera (Aer, Fraxinus, Pinus, Quercus,
7 Establishing a Tree Plantation
- Windbreak design
- Choosing windbreak species
- Designing tree plantations
- Producing drawings to scale.
Learning Goals: Arboriculture II BHT208
- Explain how to plant a specified advanced-sized tree on a specific site.
- Explain tree injection, including the technique and applications.
- Identify situations where trees require strengthening operations to be carried out.
- Compare different ways to control roots which invade underground pipes.
- Calculate the cost of removing a specified tree.
- Determine appropriate tree species suited to a specific site visited and analysed.
- Devise a method for removing a tree, including tree felling and stump removal.
- Analyse specimens of mature trees, from different genera, to detect any patterns in problems occurring in those trees.
- Develop criteria for the establishment of a tree plantation on a specific site which addresses; site restrictions, cost and function.
Practical (Set Tasks)
PLANTING DECIDUOUS TREES
Though most plants resent winter planting – for many deciduous trees, winter planting may be best. Deciduous plants go into a state of dormancy during winter. This means that they may suffer less stress if they are transplanted at this time.
By the spring/summer growing season, they are settled and ready to grow rapidly.
Many deciduous plants are grown in the ground in field nurseries and then dug up in winter. So winter is the time to look in the nursery for fruiting and ornamental trees. If you want trees with bright autumn foliage – you will need to select the species before they lose their leaves.
Some deciduous trees (for example silver birch) are often grown by seed; these trees can vary in form and foliage colour – you need to select grafted trees in order to obtain the best colour variations.
Buying a Bare-Rooted Tree
When you visit a nursery in winter, you will most likely find the bare-rooted plants stored in a temporary holding trench, filled with moist sand, sawdust or soil.
When you have made your selection, the nursery person will lift out the plant, gently shake or rinse the soil or sand from the roots, then wrap the roots with sphagnum moss or moist straw. An outer layer of wet newspaper covered with plastic ensures the roots stay moist until planting.
The plant can be kept in its moist packaging for a day or two, but if you can’t plant it out within a couple of days, remove the packaging material and place the roots in a hole or bucket filled with moist soil or sand.
Lightly spray the stems with water every couple of days. The plant can be stored this way for up to one week before planting.
The Correct Way to Plant a Deciduous Tree
1. Select your site carefully. Don’t plant large trees under power lines and ensure that fruit trees will receive adequate light.
2. Remove the plant from the sawdust or its wrapper and place in a large container of water.
3. Dig a hole that is wide enough for all the roots. For most plants about 1½ times the size of the root ball is the best.
4. Avoid creating smooth sides to the planting hole. Roots will be unable to penetrate into the surrounding soil; rough up the sides of the hole.
5. Fill the hole with water and let it drain; this allows you to check and adjust the drainage before planting – it also means that the sub-soil is encouraging the tree to send its roots down.
6. After watering create a mound in the middle of the hole with some of the removed soil.
7. Take the plant out of its wrapper. Don’t allow the roots of the plant to dry out while you are working.
8. Place the centre of the trunk over the mound and spread out the roots.
9. If roots or branches have been damaged, remove them with a sharp, clean pair of secateurs.
10. Ensure that the base of the trunk is level with the surrounding soil.
11. Backfill the hole, taking care not to damage the roots.
12. Insert a hose into the planting hole and turn on the water at moderate pressure until the hole is saturated.
13. Mulch around the plant.
14. Wait until spring, when the new growth has started, to apply a complete fertiliser.
Should You Prune at Planting?
Deciduous trees such as Prunus spp., apples, poplars and ashes prepare for the onset of winter by storing the energy from their leaves back in the branches and the trunk.
While this is happening, the leaves provide magnificent displays of autumn colour. It is not advised to prune the branches of these trees at planting time.
Some deciduous trees, such as flowering Prunus, are grown for colours of their early spring flowers. Many of the new ornamental Prunus and Pyrus species provide spectacular displays in spring. These include Prunus cerasifera ‘Nigra’ and ’Pendula’ and Pyrus calleryana ‘Chanticleer’ and ‘Red Spire’.
These trees should have approximately one third of their branches removed at planting time.
Although some experts disagree, most people still prune their fruit trees during winter. When you plant a new fruit tree, prune it to produce the desired shape and to promote new growth that will produce the next crop of fruit.
Your tutor for this course is:
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.
Assessment is based on a combination of completing all assignments and sitting for a final short one and a half hour exam, in your own location.
If you don’t cope well with exams then you may elect to undertake a project instead. This is a popular option.
In addition, most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson placed before the assignment. This is an opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge and skills and practical experience. This ADL feature is an added bonus not found at most online schools. Set Tasks are not required for assessment.
Some courses also have optional Self-Tests which are available on our online learning platform. These are not available by correspondence or by USB, and do not form part of your overall grade.
How our courses work
- Choose Your Learning Method
You choose how you would like to receive your course material, i.e., Online, USB or Correspondence. The choice is yours. You may also work on online or offline.
- Tutor Allocation
Every student is assigned their own dedicated tutor who is an expert in their subject area. They provide as much or as little individual contact as you require. You can contact your tutor whenever you need – your hours are not limited.
- Feedback and Assignments
Tutor Feedback is an essential component in helping you understand the subject matter. Tutor feedback is given in the form of notes written on the assignment. We encourage you to contact your Tutor where help with clarification and understanding of course material may be required.
Your assignments are located at the end of each lesson. You submit them for marking whenever you are ready. There is no time limit.
- Set Tasks and Self-Tests
Most modules have a Set Task at the end of each lesson before for the assignment. This is where you get the opportunity to undertake practical work to help you acquire knowledge, skills and practical experience. Many modules also have short Self-Tests.
Once all assignments have been completed you may then elect to sit for a one and half hour exam in your own location. If you prefer not to take the exam you do have the option to undertake a project instead.
Once the exam or project part of the course is completed, your Certificate is then processed. Please allow approximately 4 weeks for this.
- Design Your Own Qualification
ADL offers students the flexibility to self-design their own qualification – bundling together a combination of 100-hour modules into a qualification higher than a certificate.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Due to our years of experience and wide range of online courses, here are a list of our FAQs and Answers asked by Students.
Q. Do I need to buy text books?
A. No, you are not required to purchase expensive text books for any of our courses, since each module has been written by highly qualified tutors and writers, and our courses are updated on a regular basis, adding new information, methods and knowledge. You are supplied with all “essential” references. Extra books are always useful though, especially for special projects. Tutors will advise you what to buy if you decide you would like to have extra reading material, but it is not essential. Check out our eBookstore if you’re looking for a starting point.
Q. What sets the Academy apart from other institutions?
A. A unique feature of our courses is that we combine knowledge of the subject matter with practical tasks (set tasks, found at the end of each lesson). So you get to do practical components in each lesson. The benefits of this approach are immense: – your skills and knowledge are developed to a much higher level not normally found at other distance learning institutions.
Q. How do the practical exercises (set tasks) work?
A. The practical component of each lesson can be in the form of : Field Research, Networking and Analysis, Conducting Surveys, Growing, Collecting, Photographing and Processes.
Q. Can I pay by instalments?
A. Yes, you can view all available payment options here.
Q. Are there any hidden costs?
A. There are no hidden extras – the tuition fee covers all course material, unlimited tutor support, assignment marking/feedback and any text books where specified and exams. The only extras are for the public examinations fees for the ICB Bookkeeping course and the RHS (Royal Horticulture Society) exams.
Q. Are your courses up-to date?
A. Our courses are continually updated. The course content is rapidly updated and improved without the red tape and bureaucracy experienced at other educational institutions.
Q. Do you have a Cancellation policy?
A. We have a cancellation policy that is fair and equitable. For further details please click here.
Q. What Recognition do you have?
A. The Academy for Distance Learning has various forms of recognition:
These include TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) – an Ofqual Awarding Organisation – ADL is an approved TQUK Centre.
IARC – International Approval Registration Centre, approved member. Accredited Training Provider for ICB (Institute of Certified Bookkeepers) and Approved Distance Learning Provider for the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) and many more. Our graduates come from many parts of the world and have used our qualifications for successful employment and progression onto higher education. To view our full list of recognition and memberships please click here,
Q. Will I have any opportunity to engage with other students?
A. We have a Student Community group based on facebook! If you don’t have a facebook account already, you could make one just for talking with fellow students on the group.
Q. Why should I enrol with the Academy for Distance Learning?
A. Here at the Academy our students are our priority – we treat every student as a unique individual. This philosophy allows us to nurture those who are “slow and steady” learners rather than letting them fall through the cracks, while catering for those who are in a hurry to complete.
Q. Can I study from anywhere in the world?
A. Our courses are available to anyone, anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. The course content is relevant to any country, culture or economy.
Q. Completing the course- how long will it take?
A. Completion of modules varies from student to student. Many factors come into play such as work commitments and family life- there are always distractions. Some students work quicker than others. For a 100 hour module many students will take up to 3- 6 months, others take less time and some are even longer. It’s all up to you. There is no pressure to complete or deadline to finish. Naturally, longer courses will take more time.
Q. What learning formats are there?
A. Your enrollment comes with the Online Classroom study option by default. For a small additional cost you also have the options of USB or Correspondence.
USB: Your course is sent to you on a USB stick, so that you can carry it in your pocket. Ideal for those with unreliable internet connections. This option is an additional £5/module
Correspondence: You download the course content and then print your own copy to your requirements. You can then bind the lessons to suit your needs.
Q. Assessment – how does it work?
A. For each 100 hour module you are assessed by assignments (at the end of each lesson) and a final one and a half hour exam (or you may elect to complete a project instead of sitting the exam) – the choice is yours – you sit for the exam in your own location, or you can visit us in Canterbury, England to sit the exam if want to. Exam fees are included in the tuition fee you paid. You can read more about the examination process here. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment. You submit it to the academy who then submits it to the tutor for marking, comments and feedback. Our policy is to have a grade for you within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How many assignments do I need to complete for each module?
A. At the end of each lesson, there is an assignment – so if a course has say, 10 lessons there would be 10 assignments. The number of lessons per module varies from module to module. See the course content from our website for further details.
Q. When do I have to hand in my first assignment?
A. There is no deadline for handing in the first assignment. Submit when you are ready. There are some students who hand in assignments within the first couple of weeks of enrolment – while there are others who submit their work 6 months later. It’s all at your own convenience to suit you. Everyone has different work and home commitments and we cater to these needs.
Q. I am having difficulty attending workshops/industry meetings, what can be done?
A. If your course requires attendance at workshops, conferences, or industry meetings; alternative arrangements can be made in your country; however, there may be an additional expense. We can appoint an appropriately qualified person anywhere to work through curriculum documentation supplied by us, to satisfy the requirements set down in a course.
Q. What qualification will I receive?
A. For individual modules, you would receive a Certificate (providing you complete all assignments and the exam). If you just want to complete the assignments only, then a Letter of Achievement would be awarded. For more details on qualifications awarded please click here.
Q. Is there a next level to progress to?
A. Yes – you can progress from one module to a combination of many modules and to higher qualifications i.e. Advanced Certificates, Diplomas and Higher Advanced Diplomas. Read more about course levels here.
Q. Can I customize my diploma/higher qualification?
A. Not all educational institution’s certificates /diplomas meet everyone’s needs. The opportunity to design your own diploma at the Academy (subject to our approval) is an added bonus, not found at other colleges. It’s a very popular option and widely used by many students. You quite simply choose the appropriate number of related modules needed to complete the qualification and submit them to us for approval as a custom diploma.
Q. What do I get when I complete the course? Will I receive a transcript?
A. At the completion of a 100-hour Certificate course and providing all assignments and exam have been completed, you will receive a Certificate and Transcript. The Transcript will list your GPA. Each 100-hour module is worth 3 credit hours.
Q. Do I have to sit for an exam?
A. Exams are optional but need to be undertaken in order to receive the Certificate or higher qualification. Exams are one and a half hours long. You appoint an adjudicator (subject to our approval) to supervise the exam. You sit for the exam in your own location. Its that simple.
Q. I don’t cope well with exams – what can I do?
A. If you feel you don’t cope well with exams you may elect to undertake a Project (set by the tutor) instead of sitting the exam. Many students prefer this option as they find researching the material for the project sharpens their research skills.
Q. If I don’t sit for the Exam do I still get a qualification?
A. If you don’t sit for the exam but complete the project alternative, you will still receive your endorsed qualification. If you don’t sit for an exam or complete a final project, providing you have completed all the assignments you will be awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Q. Do I have to sit for the exam at the Academy?
A. No – whilst you are more than welcome to come to our location in Canterbury, U.K. and sit the exam in our classroom; the more popular option is to sit for the exam in your own location. You appoint an adjudicator to supervise the exam. Click here for more information on that process.
Q. Our tutors – who are they?
A. We only employ tutors who have are currently active in their industry with at least 5 years of real-world experience. Not only are they highly qualified but also experienced, knowledgeable, and professional- experts in their chosen fields from all parts of the world.
Q. Can I contact my tutor at any time?
A. Yes- you have unlimited access to tutors. We strongly encourage students to develop a dialogue with their Tutor. This is why we encourage students to submit their first assignment fairly quickly at the beginning of the course.
Every Academy student is assigned a tutor who supports you throughout your course and beyond. Your tutor is there to guide and facilitate your learning and provides as much or as little individual contact as you would like. When you submit your coursework the tutor will give you feedback that helps you develop your ideas and provides motivation. For those who do like to have interaction with other students, the ADL discussion forum connects you to students from all over the world.
Q. How do I contact my tutor?
A. You have direct contact with your tutor by email through the Online Classroom. Alternatively, you can write, fax, email, or phone the academy. Leave a message if your tutor isn’t available and they will phone, write or fax back; whatever suits you.
Q. If I don’t understand a question or a lesson may I contact the tutor?
A. You may contact a tutor as often as you like. There is no additional charge or restriction on this service. Contact can be made via the Student Zone, email, or by phone.
Q. Practical work – How is this done?
A. To find out more about this part of the course please visit the section on How Our Courses Work here.
What your tuition fees include
There are no hidden extras
FAQ - RHS Theory Qualifications
If you require further details about any of the RHS industry recognised qualifications please, call one of our friendly RHS Course Advisors on +44 (0)1227 789 649 or email: [email protected]
Q: When can I Enrol/Start My RHS Course With ADL?
A: Anytime, Anywhere. There are no enrolment deadlines.
Q: I live Overseas. Can I Study From Overseas?
A: You can study any of the RHS theory qualifications overseas. All courses are offered in English. You will need to email RHS Qualifications direct to arrange sitting for your examination overseas.
Q: Is There a Time Limit for Completing an RHS Qualification?
A: At present there are no time limits. However, RHS is contemplating in the future, the introduction of course time-lines.
Q: Are There Any Entry Requirements (Pre-Requisites)?
A: The RHS Theory courses do not require prerequisites, previous experience or any knowledge of horticulture. You just need passion for all things horticulture.
Q: What Course Should I Start With First? I Am New To RHS Qualifications.
A: We highly recommend that you start with Level 2 – Principles of Garden Planning, Establishment and Maintenance.
Q: What Does ADL Course Material Include?
A: Includes Power Point Presentations, Videos and written course lessons.
Q: When Do Exams Take Place?
A: Exams are held on fixed dates in February and June of each year. You should register as a candidate at least 3 months before these dates, so please do not leave exam registration to the last minute
Q: Where Do I Take My Exams?
A: UK: You take the exams at the RHS Wisley Centre, located between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey or at other authorised RHS centres around the UK.
Overseas: please email RHS qualifications direct for centre information.
Q: Exam Pass Marks?
A: Module – pass 50%. Commendation 70%.
Qualification: 50% pass for all modules.
Commendation awarded for all modules.
Each question carries a value of 10 marks.
Q: I’m Not Happy With My Exam Results?
A: You have the opportunity to re-sit your exam at the next opportunity.
There are no restrictions on the number of re-sits you can take. The highest mark you achieve will remain.,