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Arboriculture I (Basic)
Arboriculture I (Basic) 100 Hours Certificate Course
Learn About Arboriculture I (Basic)
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.
"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
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
- Tree Guards
- Using a Tree Report Form
2 Tree Biology
- Tree growth
- What makes foliage change colour
- Tree physiology: Roots, Stems, Leaves
- Bud types
- How a tree grows
- Vascular tissue
- Secondary growth
- Growth rings
- Water and plant growth,
- Growth rate factors
- Arboricultural terminology
3 Soils In Relation to Trees
- 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
- 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
- Hand saws
- Power tools
- Safety with electricity
- Engine and tool maintenance
- Chain saws
- Hedge trimmers
- 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
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.
Practical (Set Tasks)
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
- 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:
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.
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.
What your tuition fees include
- All Course Material via Online, USB or Correspondence
- Assignments Marked
- Professional Tutor Feedback
- Set Tasks - Practical Exercises to help you develop skills
- Self-Tests – multiple choice questions at the end of lessons in most modules
- Unlimited Personal Tutor Support – via our student classroom
- Committed and Friendly Admin Support – vital to your success
- ADL Ebook where relevant
- All ADL Exam or Project fees (exception RHS exams)
- Qualification Certificate
- Official Transcript with assignment grades
- Student Manual
- Academic Writing course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Critical Thinking course (optional - 10 hours only)
- Job Seekers Careers Guide
- Study Tips on How To Study Better
- Career Counselling by ADL Staff
- CV Writing Help, Tips and Advice