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Level 2 Arboriculture

Who is this course for?

tree warden in training

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about trees or formalise their existing tree knowledge.

The Certificate in Arboriculture is designed for anyone working in arboriculture, in both the public and private sectors, whether as paid staff, or voluntary support staff, ie, Tree Wardens. The course aims to complement their training and experience, and to provide evidence of their knowledge of arboriculture.

If you don’t work in arboriculture but you are interested in trees, you will learn more about trees, including: their biology, how to care for them and what to do if they are diseased or dying. This will help if you are planning to grow trees in your garden or in an area of woodland.

You don’t need any prior knowledge before you do the course or to have done any other qualifications.

If you are over 18 years old and live in the UK you can apply for a place on the course starting in April 2021. You don’t need to live in Birmingham or the West Midlands to do the course as it will be taught online.

We welcome adults from all backgrounds and ages onto the course.

Meet our tutor

Ian McDermott is well qualified and experienced in all aspects of Arboriculture and Urban Forestry.

He is a Freelance Lantra Instructor, a Training Instructor for the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), an Adjunct Lecturer in Arboriculture at various colleges and institutes throughout the UK and is currently Arboriculture Course Manager at Pershore College.  

Ian has also served as Principal Arboriculturalist for Walsall Council for the past 10 years, leading the strategic management of the authority’s tree stock.

What does the course cover?

The course is made up of six modules:

  • Basic principles of woodlands, forestry and ecology 
  • The interaction of soil environments and woody plants
  • Woody plant physiology
  • The supply, planting and aftercare of woody plants
  • Principles of tree surgery operations
  • Tree inspections and statute and common law applied to trees

The training is accredited by SEG and lasts for 30 months. The taught element is mostly online and covers these six modules with approximately 70 sessions. Students are expected to complete four hours a session of self-study in addition to the taught hours (usually two per learning session) but individual students may choose to do more if they feel it is required.

What do I need to do the course?

The course is online so you will need access to the internet, an email address and be able to type up assignments and email them to the tutors. It is helpful to have a computer camera and microphone so that you can take part in discussions.

How will it be assessed?

There will be written assignments for each module which will be marked by the tutors.

When does training start?

The first course starts in April 2021 and the deadline for applications is 28th February 2021.

We’ll run the next course in 2022 on a rolling programme, so if this year isn’t right for you there will be other opportunities to do the course in the future. Please express your interest via the application form below.

How much does it cost?

The different pricing options are below. We also have some annual bursaries and payment options available so please don’t let the cost of course stop you from applying.

The course costs:

  • £650 for existing tree wardens in the West Midlands (or a reduced rate of £600 for tree wardens in Birmingham)
  • £800 for people with an interest in trees
  • £1,000 for existing workers in the tree industry
  • Registration with SEG costs £65 and this fee is applicable to all students regardless of the above noted fee structure.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form below and email it to

There are 10 places on the course and if we are oversubscribed we’ll start another course later on in the year. We are particularly keen on applications from people who want to become tree wardens or who are already, although it’s not essential.

If you want to do the course next year, still put in your application form but write on it 2022.

How do I pay?

When you’re accepted onto the course we’ll send you our bank details or the address for a cheque. We can accept payments in stages over the length of the course. We’ll talk you through this option when we confirm your place.

Any questions?

Please email if you have any further questions.