ABC Level 2 Cert. in Arboriculture (in partnership with the RFS).
This craftsman-level course is ideal for those wishing to start or develop their career in arboriculture or forestry and wish to achieve the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance.
You will also be assessed through a portfolio of completed coursework, for the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture (which is the theory component of and can lead to the RFS Certificate in Arboriculture). You will be guided in the preparation of your portfolio work.
If you do not wish to achieve the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture we recommend you to do the The HCC Certificate in Arboriculture course.
Students must complete the following 5 units:
Unit 1 – The Interaction of Soil Environments and Woody Plants
Unit 2 – Woody Plant Physiology
Unit 3 – The Supply, Planting and Aftercare of Woody Plants
Unit 4 – Principles of Tree Surgery Operations
Unit 5 – Tree inspections and Statute and Common Law Applied to Trees
Plus 1 of the following options:
Unit 6 – Principles of Woodlands, Forestry and Ecology
Unit 7 – Principles of Aerial Surgery
ABC and RFS qualifications:
Assessment is through a portfolio of completed coursework. When you pass all six units you will be awarded:
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture
The ABC qualification covers the theory component of and can lead to the:
RFS Certificate in Arboriculture1
To gain the full RFS certificate – widely recognised throughout the arboriculture industry and strongly advised for those pursuing a related career – you will also need to complete a suite of practical competence tests. For details of these practical tests and how to apply for the RFS Certificate in Arboriculture please click here.
1 The ABC fee of £64.20 should be paid when you enrol on the course, but no later than 30 days after your enrolment date. The ABC fee is correct at time of publishing.
Throughout your training, you will be able to ask questions, receive feedback and further develop your knowledge by contacting our experienced tutors by phone or email.
You do not need previous gardening or arboricultural knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 12-18 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
Successfully complete this course and:
There are 3 ways you can enrol
* In addition, the ABC fee of £64.20 should be paid when you enrol on the course, but no later than 30 days after your enrolment date. The ABC fee is correct at time of publishing.