Tree Surgery (NPTC)

Ayrshire College


Kilmarnock Campus


This course is highly specialised, very physical and - due to the potentially hazardous nature of the work - extremely disciplined, so you’ll need to be able to follow instructions easily.

Two days a week, you’ll leave the College in the Land Rover at 9am and spend most of the day in a forest environment, either at the Dean Estate in Kilmarnock or Craigengillan Estate outside Dalmellington. (We provide all the Personal and Protective Equipment to bursary funded students).

The third day is classroom based, improving your employability skills through completing a First Aid course, or developing core skills.

The course includes: carrying out a full risk assessment; cross-cutting, felling and pruning; how to use and maintain your key piece of equipment; how to cross-cut trees at ground level; felling coniferous and broadleaved trees; pruning trees using pole mounted, long reach pruning equipment.

Entry Requirements

4 relevant subjects at National 5 or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. Entry subject to interview.

You must be 18 years or over, capable of working at height and able to demonstrate an awareness of a health and safety culture.

Progression Routes

Progression to a relevant HNC or HND, or employment.

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


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