Level 3 Certificate of Competence in Utility Arboriculture – Tree Species Recognition, Growth Characteristics and Associated Hazards, Prune and Fell Trees (Ground)

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Utility Arboriculture – UA2


  • Be able to identify a range of common broadleaved and coniferous tree species and be able to comment on their individual timber characteristics and growth rates in relation to overhead powerlines;
  • Gain a basic understanding of the factors which might influence a trees growth;
  • Understand the significance and hazards associated with epicormic sprout growth, climbing plants, defective trees and trees with dangerous overhang;
  • Understand the basic principles of targeted and directional pruning.


  • Recognise the importance of site specific/electrical risk assessments and be able to identify and control hazards on a variety of sites;
  • Understand the electrical method of work required for dealing with each category of tree;
  • Display competence in the use of insulated pole tools for installation of ropes and carrying out pruning operations;
  • Understand the importance of the care and maintenance of insulating poles;
  • Be able to assess individual trees for hazards prior to felling;
  • Demonstrate the safe method of felling trees adjacent to overhead power lines.

The pre-requisites for UA2 are:

UA2.1 – pre-requisite: UA1

UA2.2 – pre-requisites: CS30 or 002003, CS31 or 002004, UA1, UA2.1

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