Qualifications are one thing, but on-the-job training and experience are essential for tree surgeons. You may want to start with general training to gain the basic skills to be a tree surgeon but your career may benefit from specialist tree surgeon training to obtain skills that will enable you to specialise in an area.
Tree surgery training usually happens while working. If you want to progress in the industry or specialise in a certain area, there are courses available that will give you the skills to progress.
Examples of skills include:
- Chainsaw operation
- Use of work platforms
- Working at heights
- Manual handling
With more experience, you might want to move to a more senior position. Senior positions include supervisor or head surgeon. The Arboricultural Association and the Royal Forestry Society have a list of courses related to arboriculture you could look into.
It is strongly advised to keep track of your training as evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD). It can help you progress in the industry and could be requested by a potential employer. Check out our tree surgery training page if you’re looking for training in your area.