Current legislation requires that all those who undertake chainsaw operations within the canopy of a tree from rope and harness must be appropriately trained and qualified. The training course offered by Derby College Group equips the candidate to undertake an industry-compliant ‘Certificate of Competence’ assessment.
You will need to be at least 18 years of age and should hold a ‘Certificate of Competence’ in the following units:
(Verification of these units must be produced prior to the start of the course.)
The course will cover the skills to undertake safe and efficient branch removal operations, utilising a range of cutting techniques while being supported from rope and harness.
Assessment leading to certification should take place as soon as possible following the successful completion of the training course.
All specialist safety clothing, climbing equipment, chainsaws and ancillary tools can be provided by the College, for which a fee will be charged.
Please note – equipment is not available for hire for assessments. You will therefore need to have other arrangements in place for your assessment.
Candidates may use their own climbing equipment and chainsaw providing that it complies with current legislation. All climbing equipment must have LOLER certification, which will need to be produced at the start of the course.
It is recommended that candidates do not purchase specialist equipment prior to the course. The tutor will offer advice on the purchase of all specialist equipment during the training.
Derby College Group offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to Arboriculture, as well as a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Group Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
Tree surgeon Andrew Patterson is looking to take on an arboriculture student from Derby College after Broomfield Hall's tree surgery course changed his life. Andrew – who is known as Drew at work – owns Tree Hugger and Son, which also employs his son Ross, another former Broomfield student.
Drew set up the family business, which operates across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, after completing the forestry and arboriculture diploma at Derby College in 2005. He said: "Ideally I would like someone who has nearly completed the Broomfield course and I have considered offering an apprenticeship to the right person."
Now 53, Drew discovered arboriculture by chance. At the age of 40 he'd been planning to give up his job as a postmaster and retrain as an electrician, but the college he had applied to had cancelled the course. Fortunately he happened to see a poster advertising an open day at Broomfield –and after spotting someone swinging in a tree, he decided there and then that tree surgery was for him, even though he didn't like heights. Inspired by his dad, Ross, now 28, took the same Broomfield course a couple of years later and is now junior partner.
My lecturers – David Frost, Simon Hunt and Sally were brilliant. David helped me get over my fear of heights and Simon and Sally taught me everything I needed to know about tree root underpinning.
Tree surgery can be a challenging career. I'm in my early fifties now but I'm in good shape. I'm a martial arts instructor so I've kept myself fit. You need good levels of fitness in this job.
It can be back breaking work but if you don't mind getting a few nicks, bruises and rashes and being outside in all weathers, it's one of the best jobs you could ever ask for.