certificate in arboriculture

Arboriculture is a specialist horticulture sector focusing on the care and culture of trees.

Rather then just learning how to cut down trees, this course also provides general horticultural knowledge - very important in the care of trees, it also helps to expand the services you are able to offer.

The Certificate in Arboriculture provids a sound foundation for anyone working or hoping to work with tree establishment or maintenance.

The Garden Design Academy is run by experienced horticulturalists passionate about passing on their knowledge to a new generation. It draws on decades of industry experience to offer a range of courses tailored to the needs of the modern professional.

The course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work in arboriculture and provides essential background training in plant identification, selection and care.

The Certificate requires successful completion of each of the following 6 modules. It is made of two parts, including the following modules:

Part 1:

Module 1 Horticulture l

This module provides a broad foundation in horticulture, with a particularly strong focus on plant identification. You develop a sound, broad technical grounding in horticultural principles and practices, including:  Identification and culture for 80 different types of plants; the systematic way plants are classified; structure and parts of a flower, leaf shapes; different ways to control weeds; simple soil tests; plant nutrition; soil types; identifying pest and disease problems; how and why to prune different plants, garden design, etc.

Module 2 Arboriculture 1

This module develops your skills and understanding in diagnosis and treatment of tree disorders including pests, diseases, nutritional and water problems and other issues. You learn the standard tree surgery practices, to prune and train both young and established trees and safety measures to follow.

Module 3 Trees for Rehabilitation

This module develops an understanding of environmental systems and the rehabilitation of degraded landscapes. You learn about seed collection, storage and germination, propagation, plant selection, establishment techniques, controlling pest & disease after planting.

Part 2:

Module 4  Arboriculture ll

This builds on Arboriculture I. It develops your ability to manage trees beyond in order to minimize potential long term tree problems. Learn about better tree selection, strengthening and improving health of existing trees and the best techniques used to remove trees and stumps.

Module 5  Plant Selection and Establishment

This develops a firm basis for the selection, establishment and maintenance of a wide range of commonly used garden plants - woody trees and shrubs, hedges and screening plants, alpines, water plants, turf varieties, herbaceous plants, etc.

Module 6 Plant Protection

Learn to identify diseases, insects & weeds and to select and use appropriate treatments. Control techniques and safety are both covered in detail.


Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Working with Colin Elliott, an experienced professional horticulturist with extensive industry experience, these courses are your route to a successful furture in tree care.

Certificate in Arboriculture

Course cost: £ 1,200 (single payment)

OR 2 payments of £ 640

OR 4 payments of £345

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