The following Covid-19 temporary discretion has been agreed until further notice.
During the current Covid-19 situation, apprentices may proceed to their end-point assessment before completing the relevant on-programme short courses. Apprentices must complete the relevant on-programme short courses before claiming their apprenticeship certificates.
Planting, felling and maintaining trees
The arboricultural industry manages trees for their benefits and values in diverse urban and rural locations from city parks and urban woodlands, to country estates and private gardens. The industry manages trees adjacent to highways, railways, watercourses and power lines. An arborist may progress to undertake inspections and surveys of individual and woodland trees, advising landowners on how to care for their trees, or teaching others about the benefits of carefully managing trees.
The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, aerial tree work, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery such as brushwood chippers.
Arborists can work for local authorities, private companies and many are also self- employed. Tree work can be physically demanding and involves working outdoors in all weathers.
An arborist will undertake aerial tree work but may also be ground-based. They do a range of tree work jobs with indirect supervision. They are capable of supporting the tree work team across a range of basic technical skills.
Requirements Knowledge Understands:
Typically 24 months
The following licence to practice qualifications would be required prior to end point assessment:
All First Aid at Work qualifications taken as a part of this apprenticeship must be regulated by Ofqual. However it came to light that this was unclear and some apprentices have undertaken non Ofqual regulated Emergency First Aid at Work qualifications which comply with Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1998. In order that apprentices are not disadvantaged who hold these qualifications, the employers have agreed that they can enter end-point assessment (providing all other requirements have been met) up until Tuesday 30th June 2020. As from Wednesday 1st July 2020, all apprentices entering EPA, must have completed an Ofqual regulated, Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) one day course.
This standard is at Level 2
3 years from the date of implementation
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