What skills are needed to become an Arborist

Skills to be an arborist

Although there aren't any set qualifications needed to become an Arborist or Tree Surgeon, with the challenging nature of the role work-experience and training is highly recommended and beneficial. 

An arborist's work involves monitoring and treating trees to ensure they are safe. With new diseases such as acute oak decline and ash dieback threatening Britain's ancient species, working as an arborist has become an important yet exciting role.

Despite not needing to be qualified, many of those who work in the field are highly skilled. Working at height, using powerful equipment and understanding and following the safety requirements we must uphold - it's imperative to be professionally trained. Being unskilled is not an option. Continual education is so important to our industry.

Many believe arborists only remove trees, however, we are often saving them and helping the environment in the process.  Being knowledgeable about properly identifying a tree, its needs and environment are all important aspects of your training.

What Skills Do I Need To Be An Arborist

Stamina and initiative are essential ingredients. Working in all weathers, from biting winter gales to the summer heat, often in heavy-duty clothing is one of the challenges of the job, however, the thrill of climbing makes it all worthwhile.

It is a career for those who thrive in the face of adversity and who are passionate about trees. Working as part of a strong team is a huge part of what we do, being a close team member with unshakeable trust in one another and facing every day with a new challenge makes working in arboriculture a unique, thrilling and rewarding career. 

At Arbsystem we specialise in providing courses for vocational qualifications, which are needed in forestry, horticulture, arboriculture, and agriculture; courses specific to chainsaw technique and maintenance, to tree felling and working at height with chainsaws in trees.

All our courses are designed to give you the knowledge and enthusiasm to allow you to progress in the industry safely and confidently. If you are interested in finding out more contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit our courses page.


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