Certificate in Forestry


Forestry and Arboriculture


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England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Forestry & Arboriculture

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Forestry & Arboriculture is for you if you are aged 16-19, and want to work in forestry or arboriculture. It provides you with the core practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further learning and training within the forestry and arboricultural industries.

You will learn how to work safely as activities often require physical work using equipment and machinery. You will learn how to operate equipment and machinery, including
chainsaws. You will learn how to fell and cross cut small trees. You will also be able to undertake stump and brush chipping removal. You will study plant and soil science and how to plant and establish trees and shrubs.

Compulsory topics include:

  • Safe working practices
  • Machinery operations
  • Plant and soil science
  • Tree felling and chainsaw use
  • Pests, diseases and disorders of trees

Learners will also be able to choose additional optional topics, including:

  • Planning forestry projects
  • Woodland habitat management
  • Tree science
  • Silviculture
  • Emergency tree works
  • Timber processing and conversion
  • Specialist forestry and arboricultural machinery
  • Support arboriculture operations from the ground
  • Advanced arboricultural practices
  • Tree surveys and inspections

On completion, you may wish to move onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber, which allows you to combine working for a forestry contractor, in an arboretum, or a similar job, and typically attending one day a week at college or with a training provider. You may wish to progress onto further learning within a Higher
Education Institution. You can go on to study subjects such as an Arboriculture Foundation Degree.

For more information, read the Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture Qualification Handbook

Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Forestry & Arboriculture website

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