Level 4 Qualification in Arboriculture:


The Next Steps....


Our Objective: For our learners to achieve a level 4 qualification which will improve their career ambitions in the real world of arboriculture and ensure our learners have the necessary knowledge to go on to the Accredited Training Programme in Urban Tree Management in in the future.

This diploma qualification was formerly the Level 3 Technicians Certificate in Arboriculture. This is an arboricultural manager qualification suitable for those wishing to work as assistant tree officers or to gain experience in consultancy work. Often learners will have taken a Level 2 theory qualification in Arboriculture before attempting this qualification, however depending on the experience of the candidate this is not always necessary.


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Format of the Qualification:

The new framework gives candidates the opportunity to achieve different grades such as Certificates and Diplomas in the different levels, for example at Level 4 learners can gain a Certificate and a Diploma. This new building block approach to moving up the qualifications ladder in equal steps through levels 2, 4 and 6 allows for good continuity of learning. Tree Life will encourage and support candidates to reach a Diploma at level 4 as this is the full qualification that replaces the Technicians Certificate and so the Tree Life course is designed in the year to take you through to the Diploma level.

  • Certificate (12-36 credits)
  • Diploma (37 credits or more)

The assessment for the majority of the qualification will be by internal assessment; therefore candidates will be submitting work to Tree Life which will build up not only their knowledge as a resource for future work, but also build in to a portfolio of evidence of completed work for attaining a Diploma. The portfolio will form the evidence required at external moderation.

The course has been designed to take 1 year to complete up to the Level 4 Diploma. Where possible we work to a traditional academic term time table.


We are currently online for the September 2023 academic year. To get a booklet of information about this course please email admin@treelifeac.co.uk for more details.

At Tree Life we have always looked to make training as flexible for the learner as possible. As we have done previously we will continue to see if we can accommodate groups formed by candidates in specific location. If you believe you can form a viable group in your location please contact us.

The Course Tutor:

At Tree Life we pride ourselves on our ability to provide first class training and therefore this means that we require the best tutors. For the Level 4 qualification Tony Price is our head of teaching and the main tutor. Tree Life occasionally use specialists for certain subjects but with Tony's wealth of experience candidates will be in good hands throughout the course. Candidates have support and experience from others on their course as well. Most of our group members continue to interact with each other long after our courses have finished!

In summary:

  • Gain the Full Diploma with Tree Life in 1 year or have support from us for a further year if you don't quite manage it in the year.
  • Courses are part time and designed to fit around work.
  • Internal assessment meaning no external examinations!
  • These are professional Qualifications and therefore Tree Life prepares candidates not just for the gaining of the qualification but for the next job in hand. we think being consultants ourselves aids the level of training.
  • A highly qualified Tutor who is also a well respected consultant in his own right.
  • 15 sessions across a 10 month period. Starting in September each year with moderation in the following September thereby taking a year to complete the qualification.
  • option to apply for the Tree Life Sponsorship program and gain £1200.00 towards your studies

Payment Options:

Since the beginning Tree Life has always offered payment options with NO interest charged and this year is no different. Candidates can choose from a range of options that spread across the length of the course:

  • to pay in one lump sum at the start of the course
  • 8 interest free Direct Debits 
  • Early Bird Rate available

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It is ideal if a candidate has achieved a level two theory qualification in arboriculture before attempting this qualification. However each candidate should have discussed with Tree Life their past experience and current qualifications before applying to the course to ensure that they attend the right one.

At Tree Life we want to ensure that every candidate is on the right qualification at the right time for them as this makes for the best environments in which to learn in and ensure the best chances for the candidate to gain the qualification.
Access to a computer with an internet connection and an email address is advisable for each candidate due to the receiving of materials and the completion of work for their portfolios.


.....so call 0116 260 6939 or email us for further advice and details!


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Level 4 is now fully booked for 2024. Next intake: September 2025 - applications are now open - contact us for more information. Following intake: September 2026. 


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