Do Tree Surgeons Need Qualifications?


Before we go any further let’s answer the question in the title. Yes, you need to be properly qualified in order to get work as a tree surgeon. Why? Because tree surgeons spend much of their time working with power tools in the canopy great distances above the ground. They need to know: 


  • How to safely ascend and descent trees
  • How to operate their equipment safely and effectively both on the ground and in the air
  • How to identify different diseases common to trees in the UK
  • How to evacuate injured colleagues who may be incapacitated high above the ground.


They also need to know how to conduct Tree Inspections, conduct Tree Surveys, issue Tree Preservation Orders and much more.


Where to Get The Necessary Qualifications

Many universities offer courses in forestry, arboriculture, woodland ecology and the like. In addition, organisations like the Royal Forestry Society offer a Certificate in Arboriculture, while City & Guilds and Lantra offer an array of courses for both beginners and those with extensive field experience. 


Epic Tree Care: Our Qualifications

Every member of our team has received certification from officially sanctioned issuing bodies to perform a variety of tasks related to their work as tree surgeons. That includes City & Guilds NPTC Level 2 certification in:


  • Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting
  • Felling and Processing trees
  • Aerial Tree Pruning
  • Tree Climbing and Aerial Rescue
  • Using a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness
  • Aerial Tree Rigging
  • Forestry Machine Operations
  • Emergency First Aid at Work and Forestry 
  • and more.


Please see a full list of our qualifications here!


Our team members have many years of combined experience in the field working with residential and commercial customers, developers, local authorities and others. All of the work we perform is fully compliant with BS3998 Arboricultural Standards. In addition, we carry £5,000,000 of public liability insurance. 


Contact Epic Tree Care

The tree surgeons at Epic Tree Care are highly trained, fully-qualified tree care experts who provide reliable, timely and cost-effective services for our clients. If you need an Arborist to conduct a Tree Survey, remove a stump, diagnose an ailing tree or for any other reason, contact Epic Tree Care today on 01542 647607.

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Craigenseat Farm, Crossroads, Keith, AB55 6LQ, United Kingdom

Fully qualified and insured

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Our qualified team of experienced Arborists offer sustainable and cost-effective forestry and arboriculture services. For the long-term health and success of your trees. From small urban gardens, large estates and anything in between.

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