Modern Apprenticeship in Trees and Timber

What is special about this course?

Arboriculture and forestry both involve working with and around trees, and forests and woodland are an important resource for timber, amenity and recreation, tourism and biodiversity. Forestry focuses on the management of forests and woodland, whereas arboriculture centres on the cultivation, management and care for individual trees or groups of trees, with the primary aim of maintaining them for amenity purposes. 

The industry is highly specialised and can involve working with a vast array of machines, materials and equipment: from planting stock and chemicals through to chainsaws, harvesters and computer software.

A wide range of skills and knowledge is therefore required as there is a significant variety of jobs and tasks involved.

Entry requirements

Candidates need to be employed in an arboriculture and forestry environment. 

How will I study my course?

  • Work based

Off-the-job training and work based

How long will my course last?

3 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Scottish School of Forestry

Start date

Rolling entry


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Learners completing the SCQF Level 5 Trees and Timber Modern Apprenticeship will be able to progress onto the SCQF Level 6 Trees and Timber Modern Apprenticeship 

Potential employment:- 

  • Forestry craftsman
  • Forestry establishment contract worker
  • Forestry harvesting
  • Forestry greenwood forest worker
  • Arboriculture
  • Ground worker
  • General forest worker

Is there more information available online?

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Applications to be made by employers through the Business Solutions Team at Inverness College UHI. The Team can also be contacted for further course information on 01463 273666

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Inverness College UHI. Inverness College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.