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  • Welcome!

    Welcome to Tree Life's Demonstration Course! We've created this course to let you look at our Learner Portal, a crucial tool for all our students and the hub of all important information. 

    If you are looking for information on our Short Courses, please click here: Tree Life Short Courses

    As a guest, you can look at most things here; to participate in some activities you will need to set up an account, which takes just a couple of seconds and will be deleted on request.

    We have setup the portal with items that we would have for our candidates joining us on the courses and some additional information to help you pick the course that's right for you.

    Highlights of this course:

  • About our Courses

    Here at Tree Life we offer a few different kinds of courses. 

    Our Short Courses - from single day workshops to three day PTI courses, these short courses cover a range of topics. See below for more information on our short courses.

    Level 2, 4 and 6 in Arboriculture - longer courses working towards an ABC Qualification. We've run these at Syston, Harlow and Westonbirt Arboretum, as well as online - we've run our Tree Mail courses remotely for almost a decade now. For 2020 and 2021, we've increased our online course spaces at all levels. 

    2022 Update: Our next Level 2 and 4 courses will begin in September 2022 and will be running online this year.

    Level 6 Update: Please see our recent announcement here:

    Spaces available:

    Level 2 
    • Online: Spaces Available

    • Level 4 
    • Online: Spaces Available

    Level 6

    To join the waiting list for any cancellations, or receive information about our 2022-2023 courses, please email with your chosen level and location.
    • Course Information

      Welcome to the start of your course with Tree Life. All of your general course information can be found in this block; your coursework and learning resources will appear in the topic blocks below as you progress through the course.

    • Applying for Courses

      Have a look at the factsheets and Qualification Guides below - the factsheets are there to give you a quick and easy overview of the course, the guides go into more detail on the content of the course.

      Email us at to discuss your choices, or call us at 01162606939 or 07773132009 - we can provide more accurate advice once we know what you're looking for.

      You can also use the 'Interested in Applying?' form below to ask us your question and we'll reply to you via email.

      Application forms and details on course costs and payment plans are available from us via email.

    • Course Content Examples

      Here are some example assignments to show you some of the ways we assess students. 

      Portal Tests - set up here as fun quizzes, these are marked by computer and you get as many goes as you need when on the course

      Written Assignments - marked by your tutors, you need to fulfil all the ACs - Assessment Criteria - to pass. The example assignment here is actually our Sponsorship Application, which could get you significant financial aid towards the cost of your course! you will need to have created an account to see the Assignment submission information here. 

    • Classes

      Our classes are held in different locations, but you'll always get the same kind of structure: a full day class with a small number of students, repeated on the same weekday with a few weeks in between to allow you time to complete your assignments. You'll have your full schedule of classes given to you when you start, so you can plan ahead, and every class will send you home with an Assessment Brief to work on in your own time and if you miss a class then don't worry as all of the Assessment Briefs will be on the portal ready & waiting for you. 

      We've given you more details on our different venues below - in a format that shows off some more of what our portal can do.

    • Tree Life Short Courses

      Here at Tree Life we also carry out a number of short courses:

      We have more information on our Tree Life website for all of our short courses including the contents of each of the days, offers for more than one course & the ways to book on to a course.

      To be sent the upcoming dates for any of these courses once they are released, please email

    • How we adapted to Covid-19

      We switched all of our ongoing courses for the 2019-2020 academic year to remote learning and we've been delivering teaching by video and audio recordings, alongside extra tutor contact where needed.

      Our September 2020 courses began by remote learning. The plan was to return to classroom sessions by January 2021 on an opt in basis; sadly as you know this was not possible and the courses remained online. 

      For the 2021-2022 academic year, we have sadly had to switch to online courses only again.

      Looking ahead at the 2022-2023 academic year, we hope to be able to offer courses at our usual locations. We will also be offering L2, L4 and L6 online again, as well as the online extended Tree Mail courses for Levels 4 and 6. 

      Short Courses:

      Many of our short courses were sadly postponed due to Covid; we have been running them when we can do so safely and we have a whole list of short courses planned for 2021. Please see our Covid Safety documents below for the measures in place when they run. 

      We are currently limited to six places per course in order to maintain social distancing for all short courses.

    • Student Feedback

    • BS 3998:2010 Tree work - Recommendations, a concise guide by Tree Life

      The wire bound book has a photo of a tree on the cover and the title BS 3998:2010 Tree work - Recommendations A concise guide

      Improve your learning and understanding of tree work through better access and knowledge of the contents of a very important British document that provides recommendations and guidance for our arboricultural industry.

      This guide is a concise version, it is not the intention to replace or replicate the full standard or the contents of the commentary and explanatory notes. The guide conveys in an A5 size handy booklet what should be done when working in accordance with BS3998 standard recommendations. Throughout the sections reference is provided to guide the reader to the relevant section in the full version.

      The guide is printed on tear proof paper and bound in a wire comb to provide durability when taken out of the office