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Hi all,


I'm currently working in an Arb team of local council, and would like to improve my knowledge in Arboriculture.


What's main difference about certification on HCC ABC Level 2 and Treelife ABC Level 2? Because the course fee seems different. Or any other college suggestion?


Also, I have undergraduate background but my degree is completely irrelavent to tree work. Which path do you suggest: level 2 -> level 4  OR  level 3 -> level 5? I don't mind about hardwork as I have a lot of time after work.


Thank you for your help 🙂 !

Edited by Eddyisok
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Hi @Eddyisok

We cannot define the differences entirely but it appears that the HCC is delivered online with materials sent to you with two years to complete the qualification; whilst Treelife is classroom based over 1 year. Hence the cost difference. Its all down to how you learn; some students can just knuckle down on their own and find the time to do the work and stay motivated, whilst some like to keep it separate and face-to-face with opportunities to ask questions during the learning and bounce off other students. We offer the Level 4 Arb as a classroom based course so it is more expensive then an online course but you get that one-to-one interaction, questioning and community.

All depends on your experience whether you start at Level 2 or 3. Our Level 3 Forestry and Arb qualifications take you from training about Tree ID right through to Tree Survey and Inspection. Many of our students are just starting out and don't find it over demanding. Many have then gone on to the Level 4 which has a higher level of coursework requirements; which the level 3 has prepared them for. (Think of the Level 2 as a GCSE and the Level 3 as an A'Level; however you should have one or the other before moving onto the Level 4)

Hope that helps.

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