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SRUC Training Courses: Tree Survey & Inspection (Professional)


This three-day course aims to provide specific tree inspection training at an advanced level for competent arboriculturists. This will enable you to identify defects from ground level, from a climbed inspection or inspection aided by the use of a Mobile Elevated Working Platform (MEWP)

What is Involved?

To enable course members to:
◾Recognise the role of the tree inspector in risk management.
◾Identify the legal framework in the context of statute & common law that affect tree inspection & the duties & liabilities of the owner, manager & inspector.
◾Summarise how a tree system functions, what constitutes a safe tree & know that energy is required to keep the tree in a healthy/safe state.
◾Adapt a systematic & consistent methodology for carrying out visual tree inspection at an advanced level with the aid of binoculars, mallet & probe.
◾Collect data out in the field in accordance with the inspection instructions (having determined the scope & limitations) using a suitable format – for this course a written survey template with appropriate headings will be used.
◾Recognise a range of observable mechanical & biological defects as seen in trees & confirm by the use of text books where necessary.
◾Identify a range of commonly seen pests, diseases & disorders that affect tree safety; confirm their identity by the use of text books where necessary & state the arboricultural significance of finding them in the field.
◾State the appropriate control/remedial measures required to eliminate or reduce risks identified in the inspection process to an acceptable level.
◾Determine when an aerial inspection is required and whether pro-active recommendations can be made which may eliminate future defects from forming.
◾Prioritise the necessary tree/management works with time scales based on a broad category of risk assessment.
◾Identify when it is appropriate to recommend the use of decay detecting or measuring equipment based on a basic knowledge of the working principles of commonly available equipment.
◾Understand that a balance between the remedial measure opted for & the range of benefits/values that a tree may have requires special attention, for example amenity, wildlife, historical, veteran, rarity & public access.

Course content:

◾The legal framework
◾Basic inspection
◾The tree
◾Visual tree assessment
◾Principal fungi decay organisms
◾Mechanical symptoms of defects
◾Tree inspection equipment
◾Data recording
◾Making & writing remedial actions
◾Hazard evaluation
◾Introduction to decay detection & measuring equipment

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for this course, you must be an experienced and qualified arboriculturist with an in-depth knowledge of plant and arboricultural science. This will need to include 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.

You will also need to be thoroughly experienced in carrying out tree inspections and surveys.

You will be professionally involved in arboriculture

Certification/Award on Completion

Lantra Awards Certificate

Course Dates

SRUC Oatridge Campus Dates:
31 August 2020

We require a minimum of 6 candidates to run this course. However, we are able to run bespoke courses for smaller groups if required.


3 days

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


SRUC Oatridge Campus


£425.00 per person. Course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


Important update

Individual Training Accounts will open on Monday 13 January 2020.

This phase of the scheme will accept up to 10,000 new applications.

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To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Samantha Bain (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 534520