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License to practice . Advice please

Hi gents. Doing some research on arboriculture. Have found distance learning course ; ABC Level 2 Cert in Arbo.6 units. This forms the theory part of RFS Cert. The details on the RFS website say you need the 8 units from the practical side. This i think comes under the heading of (License to practice). Went i look at the City and Guilds website i,m getting a bit confused. I have found Forestry and arbo level 2 course number 0077

Can some of the arbo lads please advice someone wanting to get into the industry. I have found a training provider that does a 5 day CS 30/31 . Is this the way to go. All help appreciated 

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  • I'm afarid I can't be much help here other than the fact that I have done the CS30 course. This was over 2 days and then I opted for the LANTRA assessment. In my previous career, I attended loads of clolurses and all I can say is that the CS30 was the best course I have been on. By the end of it, I felt incredibly confident maintaining and using a chainsaw. I have recently started my own business in garden maintenance and have found that I use a chainsaw frequently. I would have thought that you would be better off to do practical courses than distance learning courses. I would however suggest that you pay the additional and opt for the LANTRA assessment. I would have thought this would be sufficient to allow you to practice. I may of course be completely wrong.

  • thanks james for reply. can anyone else comment especially any arbo bosses. would they employ a new guy with just a 2 day course? thanks

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