Today Tree Life announces a significant change to our industry Arboricultural Qualifications. We have received notification from SEG Awards (formally known to many of you as ABC awards) that they have decided to withdraw the current Level 6 Certificate and Diploma in Arboriculture and while that may come as a big shock to many, fear not because Tree Life will be taking it upon themselves to provide an equally worthwhile and respected Accredited Training Programme.
We have contacted our current students and informed them of the news. They can be reassured of their continuation with Tree Life to gain completion of the Diploma qualification. It is simply from this point onwards Tree Life will not be enrolling any new candidates onto the Level 6 Diploma in its current form.
The Level 6 Qualification has existed since 1968 and served the arboricultural professional extremely well. The competence-based nature of it has set it aside from academic qualifications and made it a premier qualification for consultants and tree officers alike since the 1960’s. Currently in our industry we still have the academic route however we know it is important for our industry to maintain the competence-based training and so we will be bringing forward an Accredited Training Programme (ATP) which would still be under the guidance of SEG Awards. It will still be externally moderated for quality assurance by that awarding body. Any certificates would be awarded by SEG Group jointly with Tree Life Arboricultural Training. Tree Life would remain an approved provider of training giving us the seal of approval that training will continue to be to our exceptionally high standard.
From all our years of providing arboricultural education we know what the industry needs, and this gives us an opportunity to expand & improve on that. In developing the programme, we have the opportunity to review the contents and to make adjustments to the assessment processes. The real advantage of this is that the content can be updated to ensure it is current and reflects employment needs. Also, the assessment processes can be reviewed to ensure they also meet the needs of the learners, employers and the training provider.
The content will still be competent based and reflect the rich history and legacy of the present level 6 qualification. The target audience would remain primarily consultants and tree officers.
The aim is to have the new programme up and running for an October start 2022.
While we will be sad to see the Level 6 Diploma go we are excited about the new training at a strategic level for the consultants and tree officers out there looking to gain the knowledge, competence and confidence that this training can bring.
Please contact Tree Life for any advice on your next step and for any questions regarding the changes to the qualifications in the industry.