Speaking as someone who is half way through the first year of the ABC Level 6 qualification provided by Tree Life Consultancy, I would say, that anyone who is thinking of undertaking
the course should be prepared to commit to regime of study that will feel like wading through treacle at times.
If you are currently working, employed or self-employed, the workload is not to be underestimated. It is practically impossible to keep up with the number of assignments and the
timeframe for their completion, but once you come to terms with this, it is in some ways easier to manage and work at a pace that is realistic to your other commitments.
I have studied with Tree Life previously at Tech Cert level and as usual with the level 6 course you get the benefit of guided learning through classroom sessions and the useful
discussions and interaction with the other candidates, such as sharing opinions and experiences.
The course to date has been very much geared up to the day to day work that you are likely to encounter within a consultancy practice or in senior tree officer role. I have found
some of the modules and assignments very helpful and I have been able to apply the knowledge directly to a work situation.
The course is very much research based with structured input and guidance coming from Dave Dowson, so be prepared to spend hours of your time reading and trawling for information
before putting pen to paper or fingers to keys.
This qualification is unlike others that I have studied for, in that there is no final exam, but this is by no means an easy option, as you need to pass every assignment at 100%,
so be prepared to have work returned which doesn't quite meet the mark.
Overall the course has been very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a level 6 qualification in arboriculture.
Chris Widdicombe Level 6 Westonbirt