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Forestry and Arboriculture Apprenticeship Providers

An apprenticeship is a real job, with a salary, which is combined with twenty percent off-the-job training that allows you to earn while you gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships vary in length but current Forestry & Arb apprenticeships take typically between 12 – 24 months to complete. While apprenticeships are available to anyone over the age of 16 living in England, there are different entry requirements depending on the sector, job previous achievements, and level of apprenticeship. For the new ‘Trailblazer’ Forest Operative and Arborist apprenticeship standards, Government will fund the cost of the off-the-job training up to 90 per cent in most cases and up to 100 percent in some cases. Employers are expected to pay the apprentice’s salary. For more information on the new standards, click here:

 Forestry and Arb Short Courses 2017-2018 (Sign on any time)

Table 1. Non- Institutional Distance Learning Arboriculture and Forestry Courses 2017


Institution Course Title
Tree Life Arboricultural Consultancy Ltd. ¨ ABC (RFS) Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture
¨ ABC Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture
¨ ABC Level 6 Diploma in Arboriculture
The Horticultural Correspondence College ¨ ABC (RFS) Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture
¨ HCC Certificate in Arboriculture
¨ HCC Diploma in Arboriculture
The Training Tree ¨ ABC Level 4 Diploma in Arboriculture

Websites for further information:

Tree Life Arboricultural Consultancy Ltd. —
The Horticultural Correspondence College —
The Training Tree —

 Be sure to watch the videos below to learn what roles are out there and how to kick-start your Forestry Career

To find out more, read career profiles here for Keira, James and John.

And you can also enjoy learning more about forestry from these videos below…

Our Forests, Our People
Video credit: Confor, 2016

Forestry Careers in 60 Seconds
Video credit: ICF, 2016

International Day of Forests, 2016
Video credit: FAO, 2016 

Animating Forestry
Video credit: Confor, 2016 

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