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Qualification - Proficiency Award in Arboriculture

Course CodeVHT051
Fee CodePA
Duration (approx)500 hours
QualificationProficiency Award

Study Arboriculture Online and Increase Your Job Opportunities in Tree Care

Work with industry experts and highly qualified tutors, students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of arboriculture.

Learn about the cultivation and management of trees.
Be able to identify different trees and determine what trees are suited to what environments and purpose.
Learn how to manage wooded or over-crowded areas.
Understand tree health and how to treat damaged trees.

The Qualification - Proficiency Award In Arboriculture is a 500 hour course, requiring the student to:
Complete three 100 hour modules in Arboriculture I and II and Trees for Rehabilitation. Then complete a 200 hour industry/workplace project that looks at the practical side of arboriculture.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Proficiency Award in Arboriculture.
 Industry Project BIP000
 Industry Project II BIP001
 Arboriculture I BHT106
 Arboriculture II BHT208
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 1 of the following 3 modules.
 Forestry BAG109
 Deciduous Trees BHT244
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Reafforestation) BHT205

Note that each module in the Qualification - Proficiency Award in Arboriculture is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Workplace Project
To complete this qualification, you are also required to complete a workplace project lasting 200 hours.  

There are 4 options available to you to satisfy this requirement.  The options will be different dependent upon whether or not you currently work within the industry. The project can be work experience, voluntary experience, a project you carry out, other training you have already undertaken and there are other options. Don’t worry if you are not sure how to proceed at this stage, as your tutor will be there to discuss how to proceed and help you every step of the way.


What Next?
Studying the Qualification - Proficiency Award In Arboriculture will provide you with the theory backed up by practical knowledge in arboriculture.  Through your studies, you will gain a broad knowledge of tree life - understanding how to grow and maintain healthy trees, how to diagnose and treat problems, tree surgery practuces, and much more.


Meet some of our academics

John Mason Parks Manager, Nurseryman, Landscape Designer, Garden Writer and Consultant. Over 40 years experience; working in Victoria, Queensland and the UK. He is one of the most widely published garden writers in the world; author of more than 70 books and editor for 4 different gardening magazines. John has been recognised by his peers being made a fellow of the Institute of Horticulture in the UK, as well as by the Australian Institute of Horticulture.
Diana Cole B.A. (Hons), Dip. Horticulture, BTEC Dip. Garden Design, Diploma Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development, PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Life Long Learning Sector), P.D.C. In addition to the qualifications listed above, Diana holds City & Guild construction qualifications and an NPTC pesticide spraying licence (PA1/PA6). Diana runs her own landscape gardening business (Arbella Gardens). Active in many organisations including the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers.
Bob JamesHorticulturalist, Agriculturalist, Environmental consultant, Businessman and Professional Writer. Over 40 years in industry, Bob has held a wide variety of senior positions in both government and private enterprise. Bob has a Dip. Animal Husb, B.App.Sc., Grad.Dip.Mgt, PDC

Check out our eBooks

Trees and ShrubsA great little encyclopaedia that is valuable for students, tradespeople, or the home gardener needing a quick reference when selecting garden plants. It covers the care and culture of 140 commonly grown genera of trees and shrub, plus many hundreds of species and cultivars. 169 colour photos 94 pages
Getting Work in HorticultureFind out what it is like to work in horticulture; how diverse the industry is, how to get a start, and how to build a sustainable, long term and diverse career that keeps your options broad, so you can move from sector to sector as demand and fashion changes across your working life.
Trees and Shrubs for Warm PlacesA stunning book with around 300 colour photos! A comprehensive reference to thousands of tropical plant varieties (mostly different information to the Tropical Plants book) . An classic reference for nurserymen, landscapers, interior plantscapers, horticulturists and any tropical plant enthusiasts. 209 pages