Training & Events

Interested in bespoke training courses?

Online training courses are now available


The Arboricultural Association offers around 100 training courses per year for arborists and tree surgeons. We aim to raise standards of education and knowledge across the industry through our events and training activities. All courses and events are open to members and non-members, and there’s something for everyone, from professional arborists and environmentalists to those with an interest in trees.

Members can benefit from up to 35% discount on arboricultural training courses at all levels, covering everything from basic tree inspection skills to Arboricultural consultancy.

List of Courses

Arboricultural Knowledge

A short ‘signposting’ course designed to help professional arboriculturists assess and update their Arboricultural Knowledge across a broad range of topics.

Dates/Venues

 03/03/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

A one-day Lantra Awards accredited course for those who want to obtain the skills and know-how that will enable them to recognise basic hazards and report onwards.

If you are looking to take your first step in Arboricultural training, this is the ideal course for you.

Dates/Venues

 18/01/2021

 ONLINE

 09/02/2021

 ONLINE

 15/03/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

BS5837: Tree Surveying and Categorisation

A short course for professional arboriculturists who wish to learn more about undertaking BS5837 surveys.

Dates/Venues

 22/01/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Getting To Grips With Subsidence

A specialised one-day course for tree officers, arboricultural consultants, contractors and other arboricultural professionals who may be required to manage tree-related subsidence cases. 

Dates/Venues

 22/02/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Risk Assessment for Commercial Arboriculture - ONLINE

A short course designed to deliver a comprehensive guide for practical arborists and managers to ensure a safe work environment that will meet legal requirements.

Dates/Venues

 01/03/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Subsidence Investigation Workshop

This workshop is an extension of the  'Getting to Grips with Subsidence' course. 

If you are a Tree officer, Arboricultural Consultant, Contractor or an arboricultural professional this workshop is designed with you in mind.

Dates/Venues

 22/03/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Tree Pests, Diseases and Disorders

This interactive course is ideal for tree work contractors and others who need to identify and diagnose tree pests, diseases and disorders as part of their regular work.

Dates/Venues

 01/02/2021

 ONLINE

 24/03/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

AA Training – Tips for using Zoom

All of our online courses use Zoom video conferencing. Here are some tips to help you get set started:

Zoom tutorials

Please ensure you are familiar with zoom before attending the first session. This YouTube video is a useful introduction. Not all of the content is relevant, below is a series of shortcuts to the most relevant parts:

0:13 – Sign up with Zoom

2:00 – Navigate dashboard & change profile picture

2:30 – Download Zoom

4:30 – Understand meeting controls

4:47 – Mute/unmute host

5:00 – Disable video/enable video

8:00 – Raise hands

10:10 – Chat

11:09 – Reactions

12:19 – Join a meeting

Workspace and computer setup

Attending an online meeting can be taxing. We plan to take frequent breaks and include a diversity of tasks to help you get the most from the sessions. Here are some things you can do to you to improve your experience:

  • Distraction free space - where possible, set yourself up in a spare room/quiet corner to minimise distractions.
  • Ergonomic setup – working at a well setup station can reduce fatigue. See this video for more guidance.
  • Monitor – we would suggest calling in on a desktop PC or laptop (rather than a phone or tablet). If you are using a laptop, you may want to consider purchasing a monitor. This will help in a couple of ways; firstly monitors are usually larger than laptop screens (helping to reduce squinting and a tendency to lean forward) and secondly it is usually easier to elevate a monitor to an appropriate height (good for ergonomic posture). If using a monitor you also have the benefit of ‘extending’ your screen so that you have Zoom open on one and another application on the other.
  • Separate keyboard and mouse – if using a laptop the compact keyboards and trackpad mouse can lead to fatigue and issues such as RSI or carpal tunnel. Whilst the amount of typing during sessions will be limited, a separate keyboard and mouse can help prevent injury.
  • Headphone and microphone headset – the benefit of a headset is twofold; it can help block out background noise and makes it easier for others to hear you. If you purchase one with inline volume controls, it can also make it easier to mute your microphone when not speaking.
  • External webcam – this is by no means essential. However, if you are using an separate monitor it enables you to position the camera on top of the monitor, rather than having to turn to look at the laptop.
  • Lighting – we would like to see your lovely faces! Having a setup with good lighting makes this experience easier. Try positioning your workspace so you are facing a window. Alternatively, a lamp can help with this.