Total qualification time
Operation start date
1 September 2010
This qualification is the theory component of the Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Certificate in Arboriculture. It is designed for those people working in arboriculture, in both the public and private sectors, to complement their training and experience, and to formalise their existing knowledge. It provides a stimulating and supportive learning environment to develop learners potential contribution to arboriculture and associated industries. Learners will complete this qualification with a concrete understanding of the following:
- The interaction of soil environments and woody plants, including the causes of poor quality soil and ways to improve conditions
- Woody Plant Physiology
- The supply, Planting and Aftercare Of Woody Plants
- Principles of tree surgery operations, including current British Standards and current legislation and regulations
- Optional units include: Principles of woodlands, forestry and ecology, Principles of tree surgery equipment, and more.
Adaption to Delivery/Assessments under the Extended Extraordinary Regulatory Framework (‘EERF’):
Centres may apply for adaptions on a case by case basis, by completing a variation to assessment request form. All assessment criteria must be completed in full. Special Considerations cannot be used on a whole-cohort basis in lieu of adaptions. Practical tasks cannot be replaced with theoretical activities, therefore Centres are advised to ‘front-load’ practical assessments where this is possible.
Previously approved adaptions in this sector include:
- Practical observation forms and photographic evidence taken earlier in the course, instead of the planned (more formal) practical observation.