Classroom-based 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

Basic Tree Survey and Inspection - ONLINE

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

 21/07/2021

 ONLINE

 18/08/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

BS3998: 2010 Tree Work Recommendations - elearning course

British Standard 3998: Tree Work – Recommendations was published in 2010 but many within the industry still appear to be unfamiliar with the standard and its implications for tree management and tree work operations. This online learning course from the Arboricultural Association gives you the opportunity to better understand this key industry standard and will help you to improve your tree work management advice and tree work operations.

The AA BS3998 course is attended by hundreds of arborists in the UK and Ireland every year, and by creating this online version we hope to make the learning experience more accessible and affordable for the industry whilst maintaining the same high quality standard of the original.

The course is divided into four modules; at the end of each module will be a set of questions, and upon answering more than 70% of the questions correctly the next module will be unlocked. Upon successful completion of the test at the end of the final module you will receive a course certificate as you would on the original face to face course.

Please ignore the arbitrary start date for this online course. You will be able to start the course within 1 working day of your booking.

Dates/Venues

 31/12/2021

 Online

Course Fees

Fungi Symposium On Demand

Watch on demand the recordings from The Fungi Symposium. Organised by the Arboricultural Association and Lynne Boddy, this one-day online event featured a selection of international experts who were each invited to deliver a presentation about one of the chapters of Fungi and Trees: Their Complex Relationships. Ten presentations from 11 speakers include an opening talk from David Humphries and Christopher Wright about fungal fruit bodies, using their own book as a guide.

Please ignore the arbitrary start date for this course. You will receive access via the joining instructions which are sent on purchase.

Dates/Venues

 12/04/2022

 Online Website

Course Fees

Getting to Grips with Subsidence - ONLINE

A specialised online 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

 06/07/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Intermediate Tree Inspection

This two-day course bridges the wide gap between the Basic Tree Survey & Inspection (BTSI) and the Professional Tree Inspection (PTI) courses.

With instructor-led sessions and theory-based presentations, you’ll be guided through the various stages of tree inspection, risk assessment and other tree management procedures. You’ll gain practical experience, receive one-to-one feedback and discover the latest techniques and innovations in the industry.

You’ll also meet other tree inspectors in similar situations and roles  and get the chance to ask questions in a supportive and relaxed environment.  

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THIS IS A NON-RESIDENTIAL COURSE. Hotels are available nearby. 

Dates/Venues

 25/08/2021

 Somerset

 01/09/2021

 Pembrokeshire

Course Fees

Professional Tree Inspection

This three day (non residential) course is designed for experienced arboriculturists with A Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification who are entrusted to make the right decision regarding tree safety issues. 

The well respected course is Lantra Awards accredited and those who are successful in the exam will be awarded with a certificate of achievement. 

Dates/Venues

 21/06/2021

 Gloucestershire

 09/08/2021

 Gloucestershire

Course Fees

Professional Tree Inspection Refresher

Are you looking to sharpen your skills in professional tree inspection?

This one day refresher course is perfect for those who have previously attended the Lantra Awards 3-day course and need to keep up to date with the ever changing thoughts and policies surrounding tree survey and inspection. 

Dates/Venues

 29/06/2021

 The Malthouse, Gloucester

Course Fees

Professional Tree Inspection Resit

A retake of the Professional Tree Inspection exam.

Only available to previous Professional Tree Inspection course candidates.

Dates/Venues

 06/07/2021

 The Malthouse, Gloucester

Course Fees

Report Writing

The ability to provide objective, relevant, accurate, fair, impartial information and expert advice is an essential requirement if consultants are to demonstrate their competence and professionalism. Good report writing is therefore an essential skill for professional arboriculturists to acquire. It is a skill that has to be learnt and practised.

Presented by Dave Dowson and Martin Dobson

Dates/Venues

 23/06/2021

 Wokingham

Course Fees

Subsidence Investigation Workshop - ONLINE

This online 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

 26/07/2021

 ONLINE

Course Fees

Trees and Planning - England: eLearning course

‘Trees and planning – England’ is an online course giving you the opportunity to better understand the planning system and processes in relation to trees.

Please ignore the arbitrary start date for this online course. You will be able to start the course within 1 working day of your booking.

Dates/Venues

 31/12/2021

 Online

Course Fees

VETcert Examination - Consulting level

VETcert is a European-wide certification scheme aimed at veteran tree specialists. Test your knowledge and skills against a European standard and stand out from the crowd. Exams are available at Practising (i.e. on the tools) and Consulting (advising) level – this event is for Consulting level.

Dates/Venues

 28/07/2021

 Gloucestershire

Course Fees