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The Arboricultural Association offers around 100 training courses per year for arborists and tree surgeons. We aim to raise standards of education and knowledge across the industry through our events and training activities. All courses and events are open to members and non-members, and there’s something for everyone, from professional arborists and environmentalists to those with an interest in trees.

Members can benefit from up to 35% discount on arboricultural training courses at all levels, covering everything from basic tree inspection skills to Arboricultural consultancy.

List of Courses

ArbAC Preparation Workshop

This regional event is open to all Contractors with an interest in the ARB Approved Contractor Scheme (attendees can qualify for a 25% discount on the initial assessment fee.)

Dates/Venues

 17/04/2019

 Winchester

 22/05/2019

 Leicester

 12/06/2019

 Leominster, Herefordshire

 09/07/2019

 Brandon, Suffolk

 07/08/2019

 Stonehouse, Glos

 18/09/2019

 Buckfast, Devon

 09/10/2019

 Sandbach, Cheshire

 13/11/2019

 Tonbridge, Kent

 04/12/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Arboricultural Knowledge

A one-day 'signposting' course to help arborists improve their understanding of arboriculture's wide range of knowledge topics: tree ident, physiology, pruning, decay, biomechanics and much more.

Dates/Venues

 09/04/2019

 Leicester

 13/08/2019

 Staffordshire

 22/10/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Aspiring Consultants Day

Considering Becoming a Registered Consultant?

 

The Arboricultural Association is pleased to announce the launch of a new free to attend Aspiring Consultants Day.

With many professionals taking the step into consultancy, being able to demonstrate your standard of knowledge and experience, and your ability to practise as an arboricultural consultant in the most complex situations sets you apart from the field.

Dates/Venues

 12/06/2019

 Bristol

 02/10/2019

 Peterborough

Course Fees

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

A one-day Lantra Awards accredited course for those who want to obtain the skills and know-how that will enable them to recognise basic hazards and report onwards.

If you are looking to take your first step in Arboricultural training, this is the ideal course for you.

Dates/Venues

 01/04/2019

 Warwickshire

 11/04/2019

 Wrexham, Wales

 07/05/2019

 Ilminster, Somerset

 18/06/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

 16/07/2019

 Staffordshire

 06/08/2019

 York

 17/09/2019

 Leicester

 29/10/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Bats and Arboriculture: An Introduction for Arborists

This course is aimed at tree work contractors who wish to gain an understanding of their legal requirements in relation to bats and learn the basic skills required to undertake bat assessments to inform tree works.

Dates/Venues

 08/04/2019

 Wiltshire

Course Fees

BS3998: 2010 Tree Work - Recommendations

This is an opportunity to better understand ‘your’ industry standard, will help you stay ahead of the competition and improve your tree work management advice and recommendations.

Dates/Venues

 27/03/2019

 Bristol

 26/06/2019

 Preston, Lancashire

 08/10/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

BS5837: Tree Surveying and Categorisation

The course is aimed at any person, in any industry, involved in undertaking or reviewing BS5837 reports.

Dates/Venues

 04/06/2019

 Leicester

 23/07/2019

 Ilminster, Somerset

 12/11/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Climate Change – Building Resilience in the Arboricultural Sector

The workshop is designed to be suitable for any arboricultural professional, including Local Authority Tree officers, Arboricultural Consultants and Contractors and Landscape Architects.

It may also be useful to professionals of other disciplines such as loss adjusters and engineers to gain a modern understanding of the likely impact of climate change, focussed on the urban tree environment.

Dates/Venues

 15/10/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

Course Fees

East Anglia Spring Seminar

The newly invigorated East Anglia Branch will be hosting an exciting day of talks with Jeremy Barrell and Keith Sacre at Barcham Trees' Ely site followed by a nursery tour! This is not a day to be missed!

Dates/Venues

 01/05/2019

 Ely, Cambridge

Course Fees

Getting To Grips With Subsidence

A specialised one-day course for Tree officers, Arboricultural Consultants, Contractors and other arboricultural professional who may be required to manage subsidence cases, as well as give well-informed advice. 

Dates/Venues

 27/03/2019

 Warwickshire

 05/08/2019

 Bristol

Course Fees

Intermediate Tree Inspection

This 2-day course bridges the wide gap between the Basic Tree Survey & Inspection (BTSI) and the Professional Tree Inspection (PTI) courses.

With instructor-led sessions and theory-based presentations, you’ll be guided through the various stages of tree inspection, risk assessment and other tree management procedures. You’ll gain practical experience, receive one-to-one feedback and discover the latest techniques and innovations in the industry.

You’ll also meet other tree inspectors in similar situations and roles  and get the chance to ask questions in a supportive and relaxed environment.  

PLEASE BE AWARE THIS IS A NON-RESIDENTIAL COURSE Hotels are available nearby. 

Dates/Venues

 01/05/2019

 Ilminster, Somerset

 16/07/2019

 Hitchin, Hertfordshire

 01/10/2019

 Preston, Lancashire

Course Fees

Introduction to Soils

This course is designed to give a solid introduction to soils, especially urban soils, so that all those working with trees in urban settings can be more confident about using and specifying soils for a range of purposes.

It will demystify soils for arboricultural professionals and give delegates some simple yardsticks for decision making involving soils and their management.

Dates/Venues

 01/07/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Method Statements for Commercial Arboriculture

Method Statements are an essential part of planning, ensuring that work proceeds in a safe manner. They also show prospective clients that you operate a professional business and capable of undertaking work in a safe manner.

Dates/Venues

 02/04/2019

 WoodBridge, Suffolk

Course Fees

Professional Tree Inspection

This three day (non residential) course is designed for experienced arboriculturists who are entrusted to make the right decision regarding tree safety issues. 

The well respected course is Lantra Awards accredited and those who are successful in the exam will be awarded with a certificate of achievement. 

Dates/Venues

 29/04/2019

 Staffordshire

 10/06/2019

 Guildford, Surrey

 22/07/2019

 Warwickshire

 19/08/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

 04/11/2019

 Bristol

Course Fees

Professional Tree Inspection Refresher

Are you looking to sharpen your skills in professional tree inspection?

This one day refresher course is perfect for those who have previously attended the Lantra Awards 3-day course and need to keep up to date with the ever changing thoughts and policies surrounding tree survey and inspection. 

Dates/Venues

 19/09/2019

 Warwickshire

 20/11/2019

 Leicester

Course Fees

Professional Tree Inspection Retake

A retake of the Professional Tree Inspection exam.

Only available to previous Professional Tree Inspection course candidates.

Dates/Venues

 01/05/2019

 Staffordshire

 12/06/2019

 Guildford, Surrey

 24/07/2019

 Warwickshire

 21/08/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

 06/11/2019

 Bristol

Course Fees

Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture

This one day course will deliver a comprehensive guide for practical arborists and managers to ensure a safe environment that will meet the requirements of the law and many insurers.

Manual and CD included.

Dates/Venues

 03/04/2019

 WoodBridge, Suffolk

 14/08/2019

 Bristol

 23/10/2019

 Staffordshire

Course Fees

Scotland Branch Decay Detection Seminar and Demo

Phil Wade from Sorbus will be on hand with classroom and practical exercises covering the use of IML Microdrills, Picus 3 sonic tomography, TreeTronic 3 Electrical Resistance tomography, TreeQinetic tree pulling and Haglof Laser measurement devices.

Dates/Venues

 30/04/2019

 Glasgow

Course Fees

Subsidence Investigation Workshop

This workshop is an extension of the  'Getting to Grips with Subsidence' course. 

If you are a Tree officer, Arboricultural Consultant, Contractor or an arboricultural professional this workshop is designed with you in mind.

Dates/Venues

 24/09/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

Course Fees

Team Leader Skills

Soft skill development has been identified as an essential key to improve the daily working environment through improved understanding of self and others, use of effective communication and appropriate challenge and strong leadership. The wider impact will be to reduce accidents, near misses and fatalities, make the industry more attractive to a wider audience and generally elevate the industry so that it is reflective of the modern world.
This course is a one-day pragmatic and engaging programme for people working in the industry providing skills to help them in their daily management of others through increased awareness, emotional intelligence and great communication.

Dates/Venues

 18/04/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

TRAQ Renewal Course

If you have had your TRAQ qualification for coming up to 5 years you will need to attend a TRAQ Renewal Course to keep your qualification current. This course will refresh the key points of TRAQ and give you chance to sit the exam again as is required by the ISA. 

Dates/Venues

 30/05/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

Course Fees

Tree Pests, Diseases and Fungi

This hands on course is ideal for tree work contractors and others who need to identify and diagnose tree pests, diseases and fungi as part of their regular work.

Dates/Venues

 29/05/2019

 York

 31/07/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

 16/10/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ)

TRAQ is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) qualification program that trains arborists how to use the methodologies outlined in the ISA Best Management Practices for Tree Risk Assessment. This qualification promotes the safety of people and property by providing a standardized and systematic process for assessing tree risk. The results of a tree risk assessment can provide tree owners and risk managers with the information to make informed decisions to enhance tree benefits, health, and longevity. TRAQ is one of many tree risk assessment programs available in the arboricultural market place.

Dates/Venues

 23/04/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Undertaking Aerial Inspections

Simon Cox and Paul Melarange deliver this new hands-on training course. A one-day workshop offering practical training and demonstrations in the use of new AA Guidance Note 11 Aerial Inspections - A guide to good practice.

Dates/Venues

 19/09/2019

 Wokingham, Berkshire

Course Fees

Utility Approved Contractor Preparation Workshop

This regional event is aimed primarily at tree and vegetation management contractors working in the Utility Sectors, inc. Rail / Electrical / Telecoms / Highways / Waterways, providing an insight to the accreditation scheme and assessment standards.

Dates/Venues

 03/04/2019

 Warwickshire

Course Fees

Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees

With some trees ageing into the thousands its important to understand the unique way in which to value and manage these impressive trees. 

This course is open to anyone, in any profession, who has a keen interest in Ancient and Veteran trees.  

Dates/Venues

 30/10/2019

 Leicester

Course Fees