General Woodland and Forestry Treework (Modern Apprenticeship) SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

A Modern Apprenticeship is a work-based qualification for people employed in the industry. The programme is a combination of work-based and college training and provides the dual benefit of students gaining a nationally recognised qualification while being paid as they work.

As well as gaining experience in the workplace, you’ll be supported by 'off-the-job training' at college. This Modern Apprenticeship typically takes between 12 and 18 months and provides a route or pathway to further skills opportunities and potential progression.

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.

Entry requirements

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

The units delivered on this qualificaton are designed to meet the needs of the industry, allowing learners to complete a qualification that is relevant to them in their employment.

Units include:-

  • Control pollution incidents
  • Prepare and operate a base machine with attachments
  • Apply core land-based engineering principles: servicing and maintenance 
  • Service and repair land-based harvesting and processing equipment

Practical assessment can be carried out in the workplace or in college, in a real work environment. 

How will I study my course?

  • Work based


How long will my course last?

12-18 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Scottish School of Forestry
    • Work Based

Start date

Rolling start.


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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Apprentices completing this Modern Apprenticeship may be able to progress onto a Professional Development Award or Higher National Certificate in Forestry at SCQF 7.

Potential employment:

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

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