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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 ATP 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. With the withdrawal of the Level 6 Qualification, Dave Dowson of Tree Life as the primary author of the Level 6 has developed the Accredited  Training Progrmme in Urban Tree Management.

    October 2022 Update: Our next Level 2 and 4 courses will begin in September 2023 and will be running online. Our ATP will also be running online and starts in September 2023.

    July 2023 Update: Our 2024 Level 2, 4 and ATP courses will begin in September 2024 and will be running online. Course Applications are now Open for 2024 - please visit or email for more information.

    Level 6 Announcement: following the Awarding Body's withdrawal of the Level 6 Qualification, Tree Life is proud to announce our Accredited Training Programme in Urban Tree Management. Please see our recent announcement here:

    Spaces available:

    Level 2
    2023: Course Now Fully Booked for 2023
    2024: Course Applications Now Open for 2024 - please email for more information.

    Level 4
    2023: Course Fully Booked for 2023
    2024: Course Applications Now Open for 2024 - please email for more information.

    Level 6

    Please see our recent announcement here:

    Accredited Training Programme in Urban Tree Management (ATP)
    2023: Last Spaces Available for 2023
    2024: Course Applications Now Open for 2024 - please email for more information.

    To join the waiting list for any cancellations, or receive information about our 2023-2024 courses, please email
    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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. 

    • 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