Qualification -Certificate Horticulture (Arboriculture)

Course CodeVHT002
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)700 hours

Learn to Grow, care for and Manage Trees


  • Introduction to Arboriculture
  • Planting & Establishment
  • What To Plant Where
  • Plant Selection
  • Diagnosis Of Problems
  • Treating Tree Problems
  • Chemicals & Trees
  • Planning & Managing A Garden
  • Pruning Ornamental Trees & Shrubs
  • Pruning Fruit Trees
  • Pruning, Lopping Thinning & Shaping Large Trees
  • Bracing
  • Arboriculture Materials & Equipment
  • Tree Felling & Stump Removal
  • Cavity Work


“An entry level course – it enables you work with confidence in the arboriculture sector. Rather then just learning how to cut down trees (as is the case in so many courses in this sector) This course also covers general horticultural knowledge - very important in the general care of trees it also helps to expand the services you are able to offer.” Adriana Fraser Cert.Hort., Cert.Child Care, Adv.Cert.App.Mgt., Cert IV Assessment and Training, Adv.Dip.Hort, ACS Tutor.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification -Certificate Horticulture (Arboriculture).
 Arboriculture I BHT106
 Horticulture I BHT101
 Plant Selection And Establishment BHT107
 Arboriculture II BHT208
 Plant Protection BHT207
 Trees For Rehabilitation (Reforestation) BHT205

Note that each module in the Qualification -Certificate Horticulture (Arboriculture) is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

Work with confidence in the arboriculture sector

This course develops the knowledge and skills needed to work in arboriculture, and provides essential background training in plant identification, selection and care.

  • 6 specific modules - no time wasted on useless courses
  • Get horticultural and arboriculture knowledge and skills
  • Study from home - no hassles, save time and money
  • Work with confidence and passion
  • Learn all aspects of tree care


One unavoidable implication of planting trees is that they create shade; and shade changes a landscape in ways that can be seen as both positive and negative. When an arborist thins, reduces or removes a tree from a garden; this can have a great impact on the whole area around that tree; and this is something that an arborist should always understand and consider before deciding on any dramatic course of action.
Advantages with Shade
Shade is a valuable commodity in most gardens. When it’s hot, shade makes us feel cooler and indeed temperatures really are lower in shaded areas. In addition, shade provides a wonderful sense of relaxation.
Everyone can benefit from a garden with some shady spots. Children will be able to play outside longer without getting sunburnt. Glare is reduced, and for many that means fewer headaches or eye strain, and the chance of skin cancers is also lessened. Even family pets benefit if they can find a shady spot to keep them cool on a hot day. In warmer climates the summer sun can be hot and relentless - shade then becomes a particularly desirable garden asset. Even in milder climates though, shaded areas makes outdoor living far more comfortable in the height of summer.
Shaded areas are usually wetter because of reduced evaporation rates, cooler, greener and more protected from wind, frost and rain than open areas. Sometimes however, areas under large trees can in fact be drier if the foliage is dense and catches rain water before it reaches the ground. Although shaded garden are often less colourful, as the sun filters through tree tops and leaves, it also creates interesting and stunning light patterns in the garden. 
Shade occurs in gardens for many different reasons. Sometimes it is created deliberately, other times it happens unintentionally. When developing or redeveloping any garden, it is important to understand what causes shade and to consider whether shade is wanted. Sometimes we start out with shade, such as when large trees are left on the property by a developer, or tall buildings cast shadows over parts of the property. Other times we need to create shade by planting trees or building pergolas, fences or shade-houses. Before you build anything on your property, whether a house, shed, garage, or even a garden wall, consider the shade it will create. Whenever you plant a tree you should always think about the shade it will eventually cast (when it is mature) and how that will affect the garden around it.