Arborist apprenticeship

Plant, cut down and maintain trees

The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations, from city parks and urban woodlands, to country estates and private gardens. During your arborist apprenticeship you’ll also work on trees adjacent to roads, railways, watercourses and power lines. Your skills will include chainsaw work, aerial tree work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery. Tree work can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weathers. You may also undertake aerial tree work, which brings its own challenges of working at height. On completion of the arborist apprenticeship, you may progress to undertaking inspections and surveys of individual and woodland trees, advising landowners on how to care for their trees, or teaching others about the benefits of carefully managing trees.


Duration: 24 months

Relevant school subjects: Science

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but for an arborist apprenticeship you’ll likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 2 (Intermediate)—equivalent to GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £23,000 per annum

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