Changes in Forestry and Arboriculture are being made to reflect the complete revision of the National Occupational Standards (NOS) in trees and timber.
For years the professional route to a certificate of competence has been recognised as NPTC now in the capable hands of City & Guilds. However, Lantra has jumped into that arena and their new suite of Forestry and Arboriculture Qualifications are now accepted as an equivalent product to that offered for so many years by NPTC. Independent Assessment is the key to achieving the Qualifications and the new Lantra and NPTC “Licence to Practice” certificates are interchangeable i.e. the pre-requisite certificates for the more advanced courses can be either Lantra or NPTC, they are interchangeable and nationally recognised.
This is going to be fun. You now have 2 equivalent products to choose from and as a Training Provider I am really interested to see how this is going to develop over the next few months or even years.
At Newlands Training we enjoy delivering our various forestry and arboriculture courses. All of our chainsaw courses are popular and attract excellent feedback comments. We have a brilliant and enthusiastic team of chainsaw trainers and assessors. We have enough trees for our chainsaw courses and a machinery maintenance workshop with a wood-burner in it for the chilly days. All has been a joy until the last few months when we are being required to update to the new Forestry and Arboriculture Qualifications that have been introduced and embraced by Lantra and City & Guilds (NPTC). The changes are big and far reaching and anyone involved professionally with a chainsaw either in Forestry or the world of Arboriculture needs to keep an eye on the developments.