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The course will give you the opportunity to study the identification and interpretation of signs of ill health and structural failure across a wide range of tree species and circumstances. You should be thoroughly experienced in carrying out tree inspection and survey.


Entry requirements

To begin this course you should have a minimum arboricultural qualification at Level 3 or equivalent, plus five years' experience in carrying out tree survey and inspection. You should be an experienced and qualified arboriculturalist with an in-depth knowledge of plant and arboriculture science, including a thorough knowledge of wood and decaying fungi.

Course content

During the course you will study the following topics:

  • Legal framework
  • The tree as a dynamic living system
  • An undamaged self-optimised structure
  • The law of the minimal lever arm and strategy of flexibility
  • Visual tree assessment (VTA)
  • Principle fungal decay organisms
  • Mechanical symptoms of defects
  • Tree inspection equipment
  • Making and writing management recommendations
  • Practical exercises
  • Workshop sessions
  • Hazard evaluation
  • VTA tree walk
  • Introduction to decay detection and measuring equipment
  • Assessment and final round up.

Additional information

To take part in this course you must bring PPE (personal protective equipment) and other tools and equipment as listed on the joining instructions. You can also view the PPE and tools list here. These will be emailed to you a few weeks before the course is due to start – please contact us to confirm you have the required items.

Course information & how to book

This course runs on multiple occasions. Choose the date most appropriate for you.

To book onto this course please contact our Sales team on 01234 291747 or email

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
3 days 14/11/2017 Tue, Wed, Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £610 Shuttleworth College B592S1 Course in progress
3 days 08/05/2018 Tue, Wed, Thu 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £610 Shuttleworth College B592S2

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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