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Lantra Level 4 Award in Thorough Examination of Arboricultural Lifting Equipment

Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), all equipment that is used to lift or lower a load must be thoroughly examined by a qualified, competent person. Led by our resident LOLER instructor and inspector, this course will consolidate and prove your competence to do this.

Leafblowers

This one-day leaf blower course is suitable for you if you have a combi tool, a back pack blower or a dedicated machine.

The leaf blower is the go-to machine for many working in horticulture, arboriculture, and forestry industries.

Our course will teach you the skills to operate a leaf blower safely and efficiently.

You’ll also learn about maintenance specific to a blower, to help keep the machine in tip-top condition.

ROLO Manager Course

The ROLO Manager courses have been developed by the British Association of Landscape Industries and offer an alternative route in achieving the Land-based industry skills scheme (LISS) and/or the Construction skills certification scheme (CSCS).

This courses have been approved fully by the CSCS and Build UK as being equivalent to the CITB SMSTS courses and will provide the only route for practicing Supervisors and Managers in the land-based industry to achieve their LISS/CSCS cards.

Please note that as of 1st April 2022 the correct level ROLO course will be a requirement for Manager level cards. Dates indicated are the start date. Please contact the office for full details.

Clearing Saws up to and over 50mm

When a job is too big for a strimmer and too small for a chainsaw there is the clearing saw.

These versatile and powerful machines can make light work of plants up to small saplings.

Make sure that you are getting the most out of your machine in a safe and efficient manner by taking our clearing saw course.

Level 3 Award In Severing Uprooted or Windblown Trees Using a Chainsaw

Master the skills needed to tackle uprooted trees. This course is designed for experienced chainsaw users only so you can walk away from this course with the skills and confidence to tackle uprooted and windblown trees..



There are 2 dedicated days for training and 1 day for Assessment

Number of candidates per course: 4

Ladder Training

Learn safe use of a ladder with this course. Designed for beginners in any role that uses a ladder regularly. Walk away from this course with knowledge and skills to reduce your risk to injury.


Number of candidates per course: 6

Hand Held Hedge Trimmer and Strimmer/Brushcutter (Bundle)

Why not take our two-day Trimmer and Hedge Cutter bundle course and gain the relevant training in the two basic ground maintenance tools used within the industry.

Theses Lantra accredited course is run back to back, with the learners outcome being equal to that of the one day strimmer course and one day hedge cutter course. The advantage of booking the bundle is not only the cost, but the added learning time of two solid days on the equipment that will allow you to be confident in using the tools.

Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Pruning.

Our course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to carry out aerial pruning of a tree through a three day course followed by a one day assessment. It covers the pruning of a tree from either a rope and harness or from a MEWP. Upon successfully completing the assessment element of this course, you will receive a nationally recognised qualification that is registered with Ofqual.
Please note that there are prerequisites to this course that are listed below.

Level 2 Award in the Safe Operation of Pesticide Plug Equipment

This is a bolt on course to our Principles of the Safe Use and Application of Pesticides that allows for safe and effective use of pesticides Plugs.

ROLO Supervisor (British Association of Landscape Industries Register of Land-based Operatives)

British Association of Landscape Industries ROLO Supervisor Course

The course consists of a blended learning approach set out over two and a half days (half a day online and 2 days face to face).  The course is equivalent to the CITB SSSTS and fully endorsed by both Build UK and the CITB and designed specifically for supervisors working in Landscaping, Arboriculture, Amenity Maintenance and Ecology based industry sectors.

Number of candidates per course: 12

Blended learning 1/2 day online self study, 2 days face to face in the allocated training room. Please note the dates indicate the first day of the course, please contact the office to confirm full details.

Secondary Roost Surveys for Arborists – including endoscope use (Lantra Accredited)

This follow-on course teaches participants how to undertake a secondary roost survey including use of an endoscope. You will explore in more depth the practical skills needed in the field, the methods that can be used to rule out the potential of features as suitable bat roosts, learn the appropriate use of endoscopes and be given guidance on what can and cannot be done without a bat licence. Now also accredited by Lantra.
Please note that this course is hosted by VMT but must be booked via the Bat Conservation Trust.
Details to be advised on booking.

Bats and Arboriculture – Scoping surveys for arborists Lantra Accredited

“Very good introduction to bats in relation to ecology, the law and tree use.” Course participant, 2017

This Lantra-accredited course, developed by the Bat Conservation Trust and supported by the Arboricultural Association, will enable participants to carry out tree works with consideration for the potential effects on bats and their habitats.
This course is in line with the British Standard 8596 – Surveying for bats in trees and woodland.
Please note that this course is hosted by VMT but booking and payment must be made via the Bat Conservation Trust, the link will be provided when the booking is confirmed.

Price TBC on enquiry.

Introduction to Climbing

Get the basics of climbing with this course. Designed for beginners to try their hand at climbing, learning both practical and theory elements before moving on to more advanced climbing course.


Number of candidates per course: 4

Aerial Tree Rigging Refresher (TG1 Update 2020)

This course is developed to refresh your skills and update on the industry best practise including any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with an improve knowledge of the field and refreshed skills.



Number of candidates per course: 4

Lantra Basic Tree Survey and Inspection

Acquire Key tree inspection skills with this 1-day Lantra accredited course. Learn how to identify potentially hazardous trees. This course is designed for anyone working within industries that have contact with trees. Walk away from the course with basic knowledge and new skills.


Number of candidates per course: 12

Supervisor Skills Course

Led by an experienced HR lead, this course will help bridge the gap as individuals move from either working as part of a team to leading a team or leading a team to taking on more managerial responsibilities. Topics covered include setting expectations, leading and motivating staff, delegation and handling conflict.

First Aid at Work for Forestry

A deep dive into First Aid at work within the forestry/agricultural industry. Designed for those that need a full range of knowledge or are in charge of teams. Walk away from this course with life-saving knowledge and skills.


Number of candidates per course: 10

Level 3 Award Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform

There are many situations were you may need to use a MEWP to carry out works on trees. This course allows you to learn to do this safely. You must be an experienced Chainsaw user to develop your skills in the MEWP. Upon succesfully completing a verbal and practical assessment you will achieve a Level 3 Award Use of a Chainsaw from a Mobile Elevated Work Platform.
There are 2 dedicated days for training and 1 day for Assessment



Number of candidates per course: 4

Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)

Learn how to use a Mobile hydraulic/telescopic boom. This course is designed for beginners to get the skills and knowledge to safely use this machinery. Walk away from this course with newfound skills to go out develop in the field.



There is 1 day dedicated for training and Assessment

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award In the Safe Application of Pesticides using Vehicle Mounted Boom Sprayer Equipment (without Safe Use)

Take your pesticides skills to the next level. This Lantra accredited course is designed for experienced users who wish to build further skills. Walk away from this course with knowledge and best practices to put into action in the field.


Number of candidates per course: 4

General Winching Theory and Practice

A Lantra accredited course to help you Become proficient in operating this equipment, essential for everyone required to operate a hand or powered winch.
Overview in brief
This course will equip you with the knowledge and confidence to operate a winch safely, protecting both you and those around you.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award in Accessing a Tree Using a Rope and Harness and Level 3 Award in Aerial Tree Rescue Operations

This Lantra accredited course is developed for anyone needing to learn how to safely climb a tree, and how to rescue someone stranded in a tree. Walk away with new skills that could be potentially lifesaving. Upon successfully completing the assessment element of this course the learner will gain a the qualification.



This course has 5 dedicated days for training and 1 day for assessment.



Number of candidates per course: 4

Pedestrian Mowers

This course is designed for anyone working in the horticultural and landscape industry so you can walk away with the knowledge and skills to use these pieces of equipment.
We allocate 1 day for training and assessment.
Number of candidates per course: 4

Off Road Vehicle Operating 4×4

Learn how to drive confidently on a mixture of different terrains. This course is designed for beginners or to update your current off-road skills. Walk away from this course with newfound confidence and knowledge for future experiences driving off road vehicles.



There is 1 day dedicated for training and Assessment

Number of candidates per course: 3

Level 2 Award In Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-cutting

The Chainsaw is one of the most useful, powerful and dangerous tools used across a range of industries. This course is designed for beginners and novices to gain or build their skills, knowledge, and confidence. Walk away from this Lantra accredited course with the ability to successfully maintain and safely use this powerful tool.



There are 2 dedicated days for Training and 1 day for Assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award In Felling and Processing Trees up to 380mm

Take your Chainsaw skills to the next level. This course is designed for individuals that already have some experience in tree felling and processing. Expand on your basic skills and improve your confidence. Walk away from this course ready to develop your newfound skills in your working industry.



There are 3 dedicated days for training and 1 day for Assessment

Number of candidates per course: 4

All Terrain Vehicle – Sit-In Conventional Steer

Sit-in All-Terrain Vehicle are incredibly versatile machines, but with this flexibility they can be potentiality dangerous. This course is designed for beginners all the way to experienced handlers to learn safe use of these machines. Walk away from this course ready to develop on your skills and knowledge in real life experiences.


Number of candidates per course: 4

Remote Control Mowers

Learn how to use a Remote Control Mower. This course is designed for anyone working in the horticultural and landscape industry. This course gives you the skills and knowledge to develop your skills in your job role. We allow 1 day for training & assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Stumpgrinders

Stump grinders remove tree stumps by literally chipping away at them. This course is designed for beginners or anyone looking to refresh their skills. Walk away from this course with newfound skills and knowledge ready to develop out in the field.



We allocate 1 day for training and assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 6

Ride-On Mowers

Learn to use a Ride-on Mower safely and efficiently. This course is designed for beginners or anyone wanting to update their skills. Walk away from this course ready to use your newfound knowledge and skills in the field.



We have 1 dedicated day for training and assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides and Level 2 Award in Safe Application of Pesticide using Hand Held Equipment

In this Lantra accredited combined course learn about correct use and the application of pesticides. This course is designed for beginners to become safe and compliant to use specialist chemicals. Walk away from this course with the knowledge you will be safely handling chemicals and handheld applicators.


Number of candidates per course: 6

Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing trees over 380mm

Develop your skills further with a course that teaches you new cutting techniques to fell and process larger trees. The course is designed for experienced Chainsaw users and on completion you will walk away from this course with updated skills ready for you to work on larger trees. After a practical and verbal assessment, successful candidates will receive a Level 3 Award in Felling and Processing trees over 380mm



There are 3 dedicated days for training and for 1 day for assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award in Safe Application of Pesticide using Handheld Equipment

Develop your skills with Pesticides and learn how to use a handheld applicator. This Lantra accredited course is designed for beginners to develop their skills with pesticides. Walk away from this course with a new skill ready to develop out in the field.


Number of candidates per course: 6

Using a Powered Pole Pruner

Powered Pole Pruners are powerful pieces of equipment. This course is designed for beginners or more experienced users to learn how to confidently use these tools. Walk away from this course with newfound skills and knowledge ready to develop them in the field.



We have 1 dedicated day for training and assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award in the Safe use of Pesticides

Learn about potentional harmful substances. This Lantra accredited course is designed for beginners to enable you to work with pesticides effectively. Walk away from this course with the knowledge to start working with pesticides.



This course can be combined with the Lantra Pesticide Plugs course as an add on module.

Number of candidates per course: 6

Woodchipper

Safely learn how to use this powerful piece of equipment. This course is designed for beginners or more experienced users to develop the basics and understand the techniques of using a Woodchipper. Walk away from this course with newfound skills and knowledge ready to develop out in the field.


We have 1 dedicated day for training and assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 6

Strimmer / Brush Cutter

Brush cutters and trimmers are popular tools and work great in tricky terrains. This course is designed for beginners or anyone looking to refresh their current skills. Walk away from this course with newfound skills and knowledge, ready to develop in the field.



We allocate 1 day for training and assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 6

Hand Held Hedge Trimmer

Handheld Hedge Trimmers are an effective, flexible and versatile piece of equipment. This Lantra accredited course is designed for beginners to novices to learn all of the basics. Walk away from this course with newfound skills and knowledge to use in practice.


Number of candidates per course: 6

Level 3 Award In Aerial Tree Rigging

Often when working on trees, free-fall techniques will not cut it, this is where aerial tree rigging comes into play. This advance course will show you how to remove sections of trees safely. This course is designed for experienced Chainsaw users with climbing backgrounds. Walk away from this course ready to develop your newfound skills in the field.


There is 5 dedicated days for training for 1 day for assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 3 Award In Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques

Chainsaws are powerful tools, it is essential to have training to use a chainsaw at height. This Lantra accredited course teaches you the skills and knowledge to prepare for the for Level 3 Award In Aerial Cutting of Trees with a Chainsaw Using Free-fall Techniques assessment. Please note that there are prerequisite that you must hold to complete this course.



There are 2 dedicated days for training and 1 day for assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting and Level 2 Felling and Processing Trees (up to 380mm)

In this a Lantra accredited combined course learn how to maintain and use a Chainsaw, and then develop these skills to fell and process trees up to 380mm. This course is developed for beginners or novices to build on important basics. Walk away from this course ready to develop your newfound skills.
There are 5 dedicated days for training and 1 day for Assessment
Number of candidates per course: 4

Emergency First Aid at Work + F

A fully accredited first aid course approved by Qualsafe Awards. Designed to provide learners with the knowledge and skills needed to deal with emergency first aid situations in the forestry/agricultural environment. Walk away with new skills that could be potentially life saving.


Number of candidates per course: 10

Manual Handling Awareness

It is important that manual handling is done correctly to avoid any physical injury. This course is designed for anyone working in a role where manual handling is required. Walk away from this course with the knowledge of best and safe practises.



There are 0.5 days dedicated for training

Number of candidates per course: 8

ROLO Operatives (British Association of Landscape Industries Register of Land-based Operatives)

ROLO (Register of Land-based Operatives) was developed by BALI to raise the standards of health and safety and reduce risks and accidents throughout the industry. This course is designed for beginners in the land based sector to learn new skills. Walk away from this course with newfound knowledge that will help you progress on your role.


Number of candidates per course: 10

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  • Landscaping and Pesticides
  • Plant and Machinery Courses
Felling and Processing Trees upto 380mm Refresher

Enhance your skills with our dedicated Lantra accredited refresher course. This course is for those who are already operating in industry and need to complete refresher training as set out in the Chainsaws at Work INDG317 document.

Tree Climbing, Aerial Rescue and Use of a Chainsaw from a Rope and Harness Refresher (TG1 Update 2020)

A three day refresher course to keep you updated with any new skills that are needed to reflect any changes to best climbing practice as laid out in the new Technical Guidance 1: Tree climbing and aerial rescue.

Safe Use of Pesticides and Hand Held Applicators Refresher

This course is developed to refresh your skills and update on the industry best practise including any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with an improved knowledge of the field and refreshed skills.



We allocate 1 dedicated day for training

Number of candidates per course: 6

Felling and Processing Trees over 380mm Refresher

This course is developed to refresh your skills and update you on the industries best practise including any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with an improved knowledge of the field and refreshed skills.



Number of candidates per course: 4

Aerial Cutting of Trees Using Freefall Techniques Refresher

The Course will be delivered at our fully functional modern training facilities with access to multiple sized, various skill level climbing trees.
This allows the ability for candidates to move at their own pace when training, but also addressing multiple scenarios that Arborists come across when removing limbs in a controlled manner.

Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross-Cutting Refresher

This course is developed to refresh your skills and update you on the industries best practise including any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with an improved knowledge and refreshed skills.



Number of candidates per course: 4

Aerial Tree Rescue Operation Refresher

This Lantra accredited course is developed to refresh your skills and update on the industry best practise including any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with an improve knowledge of the field and refreshed skills. The HSE recommend that this skill is refreshed.


Number of candidates per course: 4

Level 2 Award in Chainsaw Maintenance, Cross Cutting, Felling and Processing Trees (up to 380mm) Refresher Course

This Lantra accredited course is developed to refresh your skills and update on the industries best practise including any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with an improved knowledge and refreshed skills.



There are 2 dedicated days for training

Number of candidates per course: 4

Woodchipper (Refresher)

This course is developed to refresh your skills and update you on the industry best practises and any updates that have taken place since completing your qualification. Walk away from this course with improved knowledge and refreshed skills.



We have 1 dedicated day for training and assessment.

Number of candidates per course: 4