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Arboriculture Routes to Employment

About the course

The Arboriculture Routes to Employment is designed to meet the needs of those who already hold a Level 2 arboriculture qualification. A series of certificates to practice (‘tickets’) are included alongside opportunities to practice arboriculture skills to achieve and maintain the standards expected in employment.

Course modules

Year 1

Level 3 Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross Cutting

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Tree Climbing and Rescue

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Stump Grinders

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in the Safe Use of Manually Fed Wood Chipper

City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Freefall Techniques

City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rigging

Work Experience / Enrichment

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Level 2 Arboriculture.

Learning and assessment

Students gain practical skills and experience in Croxteth Park. Each of the course components includes a separate practical assessment.


Employment, Access to HE or Apprenticeships.


Employment (including apprenticeships) in arboriculture, forestry and grounds maintenance.

Special requirements

Costs that are mandatory for the course:

Students require sensible outdoor clothing (including waterproofs). PPE is available but many students prefer to use their own, advice is available from tutors. Approx £150

The Arboriculture Routes to Employment programme is free for students aged 16 – 18 and Liverpool City Region residents aged 19 or over*.

*Subject to eligibility

Costs that are optional for the course:

PPE – chainsaw boots, clothing, helmets and ear defenders. (Approx £100-£250)

Work experience

Students gain valuable work experience in the woodlands at Croxteth Park or may participate in an external work placement.

Arboriculture at Myerscough

Myerscough introduced the UK’s first Foundation Degree, the first Honours Degree, the first online Degree and, most recently, the first Masters Degree in Arboriculture. We have a highly experienced team of staff who are well regarded in the industry and regularly deliver training and seminars to those working and researching the subject. The College boasts fantastic arboriculture facitilities and is home to the purpose built National Centre for Arboriculture, a state of the art teaching facility for the subject.