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From June 2010 leading Dorset Arboriculture training provider, Newlands Training will be offering the rarely taught Lantra Awards Course in Professional Tree Inspection. This 3 day course aims to provide specific tree inspection training at an advanced level and is the follow-on qualification to basic tree inspection. Aimed at competent arboriculturist, the course will enable holders of the qualification to care for and manage trees professionally, making estates, green spaces and public gardens safer places to visit.

‘We have decided to run this course as there is a real need for advanced training in this area,’ said Lesley Simpson, Newlands Training Managing Director. ‘Dorset is full of beautiful tree specimens which to the untrained eye may look perfect. Funghi can lurk in the internal areas of these huge trees, which if left untreated are accidents waiting to happen, especially in public places. The Lantra course will teach arboricultirists with basic training to identify and treat such trees, preventing the occurrence of unnecessary accidents.’

The basic course requirement is that trainees have at least a Level 3 arboricultural qualification before applying. The Lantra Awards Course in Tree Inspection provides training in how to specify necessary remedial works and record the inspection process. At the end of the course candidates will undertake a competence based assessment directly related to tree inspection. The course is not aimed at covering report writing; however it will involve a written exam, fungal identification and tree inspection. Tree climbing and use of MEWP will not be required during the course and prospective trainees should have an in-depth knowledge of plant and arboricultural science, including a thorough knowledge of wood decaying fungi, identification and interpretation of signs and symptoms of ill health and structural failure across a wide range of tree species and circumstances. Competence in tree inspection and survey is also a pre-requisite.

For more information visit the Newlands Training website or contact Lesley Simpson on 01305 848454

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