Bespoke Courses

The Arboricultural Association offers a range of bespoke training options, tailored to suit the needs of you and your business.

Our tried and tested Arboricultural courses; from basic tree inspection training to team leader skills, provide excellent professional development opportunities for you and your staff.

These bespoke courses are increasingly popular among a variety of companies, associations and organisations; from English Heritage to Network Rail.

See what’s available and enquire below.

List of Bespoke Courses

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection
Maximum number of delegates: 14

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.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector).
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc (we can provide these if required).
  • Access within easy walking distance to a range of trees for practical exercises.


Professional Tree Inspection
Maximum number of delegates: 12

Professional Tree Inspection – 3-day course

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.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector) big enough for exam.
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc. (we can provide these if required).
  • Access within easy walking distance to a range of trees for practical exercises.


BS5837: Tree Surveying and Categorisation
Maximum number of delegates: 16

BS5837: Tree Surveying and Categorisation

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


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector).
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc (we can provide these if required).
  • Access within easy walking distance to a range of trees for practical exercises.


Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture
Maximum number of delegates: 14

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.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector).
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc. (we can provide these if required).


Team Leader Skills
Maximum number of delegates: 12

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.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector).
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc. (we can provide these if required).


Hazard Tree Inspection Course
Maximum number of delegates: 20

Hazard Tree Inspection Course – A Practitioner’s Guide

This two-day bespoke course aimed at those actively involved in hazard tree inspections or those looking to progress a career in arboricultural consultancy.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector).
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc. (we can provide these if required).
  • Access within easy walking distance to a range of trees for practical exercises.


Method Statements for Commercial Arboriculture
Maximum number of delegates: 14

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.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector).
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc. (we can provide these if required).


Trees within the Scottish Planning Framework
Maximum number of delegates: 50

Trees within the Scottish Planning Framework

A one day course aimed at those employed within planning departments (and associated departments) clarifying the Scottish Government’s policies in relation to trees, Tree Preservation Order protections, Conservation Area protection for trees and how BS5837 standards should be applied.

Why choose this course?

Attendance on this course will provide the delegate with user friendly, concise, guidance and will help avoid future, time consuming, tree related conflicts. Successful tree retention can be maximised by applying a few simply changes to the demands made on developers – explained during the course.

Gain a recognised certificate of training and help meet CPD requirements.

Would also be of interest to consultants involved in the management of trees within development sites.


Bespoke Course Requirements

  • Suitable, quiet training room to accommodate the required numbers with tables, chairs, etc. and not too much natural light (to facilitate use of projector) big enough for exam.
  • Access to training equipment such as data projector and screen, flip chart, etc. (we can provide these if required).
  • Access within easy walking distance to a range of trees for practical exercises.