The Action Plan to Expand Apprenticeships and Traineeships in Ireland encouraged
different, non-craft sectors of Irish Industry to embrace the challenge and develop
apprenticeships which reflect modern Irish occupations. This exciting Apprenticeship
in Arboriculture was developed by employers from the arboriculture industry working
in partnership with Galway and Roscommon Education & Training Board. Initial contact
with the employers and GRETB took place through the Regional Skills Forum West.
An arborist, also known as an Arboriculturist, studies the bio-mechanics of trees; growth,
cultivation, reactions to pruning, diseases, de-compartmentalisation of decay, and all the
practical aspects of tree management. The arborist is also interested in the management
and study of individual trees, shrubs, vines, and other perennial woody plants. An
arborist’s job is more generalised than a tree service technician, as an arborist cares for
the health of the entire tree.
Along with maintaining and caring for trees by tree pruning, removal, planting and
emergency tree care, an arborist provides many other services such as insect control,
fertilization, cabling, aeration, and lightning protection. They can also identify any
diseases or parasites, ensure trees have sufficient support, and remove any damaging
plants. An arborist can give consultations that will help determine when these services
The programme is 2 years in duration and was developed by a team of industry experts,
it includes both off-the-job (in a Training Location) and on-the-job (with an Approved
Employer) phases. On successful completion of the programme the apprentice will be
awarded an Advanced Certificate in Arboriculture Level 6.