A course designed for people working or intending to work in the forestry industry.
This craftsman-level course can complement your training and experience, and provide evidence of your knowledge of forestry. It covers all the theoretical knowledge you require to achieve the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry and the theory part of the RFS Certificate in Forestry. It is a valuable, long-standing award – and a useful first step should you wish to go on to take the RFS Professional Certificate in Forestry.
Your first set of course materials will be sent to you when you enrol. You can start as soon as you want and progress through the course at your own pace (you have 2 years to complete it), studying when and where you choose. This flexibility makes it easy to fit learning around work and family commitments.
The extensive course materials have been developed by forestry experts and are clear and straightforward, so your studying is easy and enjoyable. As you complete each lesson, your tutor will promptly return your marked assignment with constructive feedback and guidance. You will be guided in the preparation of your portfolio work. (You can also contact your tutor or the support team for help at any point during your studies.)
The course includes all the required study materials.
You will be assessed, through a portfolio of completed coursework for the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry.
We are proud of our friendly, caring ethos and aim to do all we can to help you succeed.
Our tutors are all experienced, highly qualified and passionate about sharing their love of their subject. You can phone or email your tutor throughout the course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.
You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
All learners are eligible for an NUS Extra card.
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry (in partnership with the RFS) – A 6-unit study programme following the ABC/RFS syllabus.
Students must complete the following 5 units:
Unit 1 – Principles of woodlands, forestry and ecology
Unit 2 – Woody Plant Physiology
Unit 3 – The Supply, Planting and Aftercare of Woody Plants
Unit 4 – The Interaction of Soil Environments and Woody Plants
Unit 5 – Tree inspections and Statute and Common Law Applied to Trees
Plus 1 of the following options:
Unit 6 – Identify and Select Forestry and Woodland Trees for Planting
Unit 7 – Principals of Practical Silviculture & Habitat Management
NOTE – If you have completed the ABC Level 2 Certificate in Arboriculture course (501/1411/6) you will only have to complete one of the optional units for this ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry course (601/3582/7).
If needed you have 2 years to complete the course. Many students are able to complete this course in approximately 12-18 months*.
*Timescales are approximate and depend upon application and motivation.
ABC and RFS qualifications:
Assessment is through a portfolio of completed coursework. When you pass all six units you will be awarded:
ABC Level 2 Certificate in Forestry1
The ABC qualification covers the theory component of and can lead to the:
RFS Certificate in Forestry
To gain the full RFS certificate – widely recognised throughout the forestry industry and strongly advised for those pursuing a related career – you will also need to complete a suite of practical competence tests. For details of these practical tests and how to apply for the RFS Certificate in Forestry please click here.
1 The ABC fee of £64.20 should be paid when you enrol on the course, but no later than 30 days after your enrolment date. The ABC fee is correct at time of publishing.
You do not need previous gardening or arboricultural knowledge or experience to enrol on this course.
There are 3 ways you can enrol