Arborist (9126)

Last Updated: 04 Sep 2018

Product code 9126

The work of an arborist involves diverse activities such as chainsaw work, tree climbing, pruning, dismantling and using appropriate machinery such as brushwood chippers. Tree work can be physically demanding, working outdoors in all weathers and an arborist will undertake aerial tree work but may also be ground-based. Arborists can work for local authorities, private companies and many are also self-employed. They are expected to undertake a range of tree work jobs with appropriate supervision and be capable of supporting the tree work team using a range of technical skills.


The nature of the arborist role, the requirement to hold qualifications in order to work and the changing seasons mean that some assessment procedures need to be carried out during the apprenticeship. On-programme assessment will allow apprentices to develop their skills, improve their knowledge and monitor their progress towards the end-point assessment.

On-programme assessment will also allow employers and training providers to provide feedback to apprentices to assist in their development and to monitor their progress. It is recommended the on-programme process be clearly set out, displaying tasks and timings, to ensure apprentices make good progress towards achieving competence. The on-programme assessments will be combined to make a portfolio that will not be graded, but will form the basis of the end-point structured interview.

It is recommended employers and training providers work closely to plan and deliver formative assessments appropriately. This process focuses on the employability factors that add value to the employer as it focuses on real work competencies carried out in a real work environment.

It is suggested that other on-programme assessments are carried out by the employer and training provider to enhance apprentice development where required. These may be set and carried out by the training provider or employer at their discretion as needs arise however, the results could form part of the quarterly entry to the apprentice diary.

End-point assessment

The end-point assessment will demonstrate that the apprentice can perform in a fully competent and productive way. Assessment towards the City & Guilds Arborist apprenticeship consists of four components. All four components must be passed for the apprentice to meet the apprenticeship standard and consists of;

  • Holistic project - The holistic project is set by City & Guilds and shall present evidence from knowledge that is specified in the standard. The project should take one week away from the work place to complete and is designed to test an apprentice’s knowledge and its application across many areas of the standard.
    As part of this, the apprentice will produce a project that illustrates and explains concepts related to woody vegetation. Using knowledge gained from understanding the principles of tree growth the apprentice shall demonstrate knowledge of preparing to plant trees, provide support, protection and aftercare for a given scenario.
  • Structured interview - Employers and training providers will assist the apprentice to develop their portfolio evidence to ensure that it is complete, that it covers what it should and that work has been completed to a satisfactory standard. The portfolio is not graded, but the interview, based on the portfolio, is graded.  The interview of the apprentice shall take place under controlled conditions at a location agreed between City & Guilds and the employer. This structured discussion between the apprentice and their independent assessor will be of 60 minutes duration, focusing on the apprentice’s portfolio and the holistic project. It shall cover both what the apprentice has done, the standard of their work, and also how they have done it.
  • Online Multiple Choice Knowledge Tests - A number of online tests developed will test the knowledge of apprentices covering the areas not covered by the other forms of assessment. These are detailed in the training specification.
  • Practical Tests - Three real work end practical tests will test the knowledge and skills learnt by apprentices during their apprenticeship and not tested elsewhere in the assessment process. These tests will sample the elements itemised in the assessment plan.


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3. Speak to your City & Guilds Business Manager about how to access our products or how to register your apprentices with us.

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