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Practical Tree Work

Many of there require competency based qualifications, see each Job Overview for further details

Job types, descriptions and qualifications required

Here is a breakdown of the job description and qualification requirements from Entry Level Tree Worker to Master Tree Worker.

Entry Level Tree Worker

If you’re just starting out in arb you’ll be working on the ground on tree work jobs under direct supervision.

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Tree Worker (Ground)

Ground operatives can undertake tree work jobs with indirect supervision. They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills.

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Tree Worker (Aerial)

Aerial tree workers can be mainly ground based but must undertake work from a rope harness. They can undertake a range of tree work jobs with indirect supervision. They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills including the supervision of entry level and tree worker (ground) grades during basic tasks.

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Craftsman Tree Worker

A craftsman tree worker will undertake more advanced technical tasks. They can lead a range of tree work jobs and supervise colleagues. They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of technical skills. They will have an increased interaction with the client.

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Senior Craftsman Tree Worker

The Senior Craftsman will lead a range of tree work jobs and supervise colleagues. They are capable of directing multiple tree work teams across a range of technical skills. They are able to liaise directly with the client to include specifying and quoting for tree work.

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Master Tree Worker

Master tree workers have advanced technical knowledge and experience. They can plan, coordinate and lead a range of tree work jobs as well as supervise colleagues. They are capable of directing multiple tree work teams across a range of technical skills. They are able to liaise directly with the client and other contractors on complex projects. They will also be able to undertake tree surveys, specify works, liaise with the relevant authorities and communicate effectively.

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Getting Started – Things to consider…

Contacts

Do you have any contacts already in the industry? If not contact the Arboricultural Association or your local professional tree surgeon for advice.

Time Commitment

How much of your time can you spend learning? This will indicate which type of qualification you have time to achieve. The higher the level, the more learning hours required.

Financial Position

What can you afford? Qualifications help you progress but they all cost money.

Do you need to earn whilst learning?

Location

What colleges, training providers are near you?

What are they offering?

Are you willing to travel?

Is the course available online?

Prior Learning

Do you have any existing qualifications or experience that can be used?

Aspirations

Do you know where you want to go with your career?

See Career Options and Career Progression.

Funding and Costs