Forestry (Arboriculture or Forest Mechanisation) (Advanced Certificate)

Scotland`s Rural College (SRUC)


Barony Campus


The study of forestry involves managing trees and woodlands in rural areas for commercial, social or other benefits. The study of arboriculture is more usually associated with the management of single or groups of trees, in more urban areas. Expansion of private and public forest estates, combined with major investment in the wood processing sector has created a demand for trained people to fill forestry related jobs. This course offers the opportunity to specialise in Forest Mechanisation or Arboriculture.

Some of the topics are tree identification, planting and care of trees, practical tree climbing, tree survey and inspection, forest and tree measurement, silviculture, forest machine service and repair and specialist forestry machinery operations and use of geographical information systems.

You will gain experience working on real practical jobs, driving machines and tree surgery contracts both on campus and on private forest estates.

Entry Requirements

English, Maths and Geography or a science subject at National 5; or Certificate in Forestry

Progression Routes

Relevant course at SCQF Level 7

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Forestry and Arboriculture

SCQF Level



Career Sectors


Aquaculture and Fishing

Arboriculture and Horticulture

Earth Studies

Environmental and Rural Resource Management

Environmental Services


Work with Animals