Tree Care (Introduction) Online Course

Arboriculture A (Introduction) Online Course
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Arboriculture is the cultivation, management, and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. It is both a practice and a science. The science of arboriculture studies how these plants grow and respond to cultural practices and to their environment.

In this online course you will study tree physiology and disorders, learn more on diagnosis and treatment of tree disorders, including pests, diseases, nutritional or water problems and more, learn standard tree surgery practices, understand how to prune and train young and established trees and learn safety measures.

Course Aims:

  • Describe measures to provide healthy trees in different situations, including appropriate plant selection.
  • Explain tree biology, including morphology, anatomy and physiology, as it relates to arboriculture.
  • Develop procedures to manage soils for improved tree growth.
  • Develop procedures for managing health disorders with trees, including environmental, pest and disease problems.
  • Determine surgical techniques commonly used in arboriculture to repair damage to plants
  • Explain tree surgery techniques commonly used in arboriculture to prune growth.
  • Determine appropriate equipment for arboricultural practice.
  • Determine appropriate workplace health and safety practices for an arboricultural workplace.


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    Detailed Course Outline

    This course is made up of a number of lessons or units.  Each of these has self assessment questions, a set task (practical homework) and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

    There are 8 Lessons in this course:

    Introduction To Arboriculture

    • Trees in the Garden
    • Planting in the Wrong place
    • Plant Selection
    • How to plant a tree
    • Planting Bare Rooted trees
    • Planting Advanced trees
    • Helping a Tree to get established
    • How to Transplant a Tree
    • Using Tree Guards
    • Undertaking a Tree Inspection and Completing a Report

    Tree Biology

    • Tree Growth
    • Photosynthesis
    • Respiration
    • Transpiration
    • Vernalisation
    • Process of autumn foliage colour change
    • Tree Physiology; roots, stems, leaves, reproductive parts
    • How a tree grows
    • Secondary Growth
    • Growth Rings
    • Heartwood and Sapwood
    • Compartmentalisation; how a tree rots
    • Water and Plant Growth
    • Rate of Photosynthesis
    • Rate of Respiration
    • Environmental Factors Affecting Transpiration
    • Terminology

    Soils In Relation To Trees

    • Soil and Tree Growth
    • Fertilizing Trees
    • Compacted Soils
    • Tree Health and Drainage
    • Treating Soil over Winter
    • Changing Soil Levels around Trees
    • Practical Tests; measuring soil characteristics
    • Soils in relation to Trees
    • Nutrition
    • Managing ph
    • Fertilizers

    Diagnosing Tree Problems

    • Tree Disorders and Health
    • Frost Protection
    • Minimizing Wind Damage
    • Affects of mulch and watering on frost
    • Mistletoe
    • Dealing with Problems
    • Diagnosing Tree Health Problems
    • Difficult to Diagnose Problems
    • Environmental Problems
    • Types of Disease: Blights, Canker, Galls, Leaf Spot, Mildew, Rots, Rust, Sooty Mould, Wilt etc
    • Types of Pests; Aphis, Beetles, Borers, Bugs, Caterpillars, Leafhoppers, Mites, Nematodes, Termites, Thrip, Wasp, etc.

    Tree Surgery

    • Is Tree Surgery Needed
    • Types of Surgery; cavity treatment, rods, cables etc
    • Tree Surgery Safety; for workers, for public
    • Cavity Treatments
    • Bracing and Cabling
    • Propping
    • Treating Bark Wounds
    • Removing Large Branches
    • Climbing Techniques
    • Preparing to Climb, How to Climb, Anchoring Point
    • Knots

    Pruning Of Trees

    • Introduction
    • Branch Removal Method
    • Crown Cleaning, Thinning
    • Crown Reduction
    • Crown Lifting
    • Pruning Objectives
    • Fruit Tree Pruning
    • Removing Trees
    • Felling in Sections
    • Terminology

    Arboricultural Equipment

    • Introduction
    • Secateurs
    • Hand Saws
    • Power Tools, Safety with Electricity
    • Engine Troubleshooting; Dirty Spark Plugs
    • Tool Maintenance
    • Deciding what to Buy
    • Chain Saws
    • Hedge Trimmers
    • Climbing Equipment; ladder, harness, rope, belt, spurs, etc

    Workplace Health and Safety.

    • Duty of Care
    • Workplace Safety
    • Lifting and Manual Handling
    • Protective Equipment; personal protection, gloves, eyewear, hearing protection, skin protection, knee protection, etc.
    • Handling Tools and Machinery Safely
    • Safe Chain Saw Handling
    • Tool Maintenance
    • Auditing Tools

    When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

    Course Tutor(s)

    Barbara Tremain BSc. (Hons) Horticulture, RHS Adv. Cert,. RHS General, City & Guilds Garden Design, Permaculture Level 3 (UK)

    Barbara brings to Careerline a wide range of horticultural experience and knowledge Barbara has a keen interest in herbalism, edible wild plants and has lead into studies of many plant based complementary medicinal systems, qualification as a Bach Flower remedy practitioner and studying Ethnobotany. Barbara has practiced and studied horticulture as well as combining it with her love of travel in many countries including the UK, US and Australia and has also studied Permaculture and runs her own horticulture business. Within the past two years she have also worked for Groundwork SW with 18-24 year old unemployed people, this work and the mentoring scheme has allowed me to teach informally. It has been a delight to nurture the interests of keen learners in horticulture and garden design. Meanwhile the business has covered a variety of Garden Design projects, from wildflower gardens to seaside situations, and has included some work with Chelsea Gold multi-winner John Moreland.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I pay in installments?

    Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

    Can I study from anywhere in the world?

    We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

    Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

    Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


    Do I have to sit an Exam?

    No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

    Do you have set start dates?

    There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.