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Progress your Career

Arboriculture is a lifelong learning career

As with all sciences, arboriculture is constantly advancing with new research and practices resulting in developments at all levels.

Whatever stage you are at, there are a wealth of opportunities available to help you reach arboricultural excellence and to achieve higher levels of knowledge and skill.


From tools to Theory

If you are on the tools and are looking to put your current practical knowledge in to theory, then one of the best qualifications you could look at is the Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture or Level 3 advanced certificate/diploma.

Step into Consultancy or Local Authority

Once you gained your level 2 certificate or have been assessed as having the required experience to take the higher level of qualification the next step would be the Level 4 Certificate in Arboriculture followed by the Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture. This would start to move you to the consultancy side of Arboriculture or the role of a Local Authority officer.

If you are an Arboricultural Association member a technical officer can help you and many of the organisations in our Training Provider Directory can provide advice on the best route for you.

Top of the ladder – Premier Qualifications

Level 5 Qualifications & Level 6 Professional Diploma in Arboriculture

Many institutions offer Level 5 qualifications which provide the arboricultural knowledge and skills to secure consultancy and management roles such as: Arboricultural Consultant, Arboricultural Contracts Manager, Local Authority Tree Officer, Environmental Advisor, Researcher.

Level 6 Professional Diploma in Arboriculture is a sought after qualification with only the best achieving it, giving it a prestigious place in our industry.

Candidates applying for the Level 6 will preferably have completed the Level 3 Technician's Certificate in Arboriculture (NQF) or the current Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture (QCF).

Professional Memberships & Career Recognition

Level 5 & 6 qualifications give you access to becoming a professional member of the industry's Professional Bodies, such as the Arboricultural Association (AA) and the Institute of Chartered Foresters (ICF), showing that you have reached the pinnacle of your profession.

The Arboricultural Association and other providers also offer Training Courses to aid your professional advancement. Some qualifications, such as Professional Tree Inspection can result in certification.

Gaining additional qualifications can both progress your career while proving very rewarding and provide interesting work that not all arborists get the chance to undertake

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