PTI - Professional Tree Inspection (Lantra Awards)

About the Course

This three day integrated training and assessment programme is aimed at the experienced arborist or tree work professional, who already has the knowledge and skills to identify and diagnose potential problems, recommend and prioritise appropriate treatments and work programmes. The course is designed to help candidates recognise hazardous trees as part of their main duties and then implement control measures in a specified and appropriate timescale. The training consists of classroom and practical activities with an exam on the final day.

Entry Requirements

This intensive course requires the ability to study written technical information. Candidates must hold a Level 3 national qualification, such as a National Diploma in Arboriculture, an AA Tech Certificate or be able to demonstrate an equivalent level of academic knowledge relating to legislation and general arboricultural practice. They must also possess a detailed knowledge of tree biology before taking this course.

Candidates should have read the following books prior to attending the course and if possible bring with them;

1. Lonsdale D (1999) Principles of Tree Hazard Assessment and Management, Research for Amenity Trees - No 7 Stationery Office, London

2. Mattheck C & Breloer H (1994) The Body Language of Trees, Research for Amenity Trees - No 4 Stationery Office, London

3. Strouts R G & Winter T G (1994) Diagnosis of Ill Health in Trees, Research for Amenity Trees - No 2 Stationery Office, London

4. Davis C Fay N & Mynors C (2000) Veteran Trees: A Guide to Risk and Responsibility - English Nature, Peterborough

5. Fay N Dowson D C & Helliwell R (2005) Tree Surveys: A Guide to Good Practice - The Arboricultural Association

6. Shigo A L (1991) Modern Arboriculture - Shigo & Tree Associates, Durham, NH, USA

7. Weber K & Mattheck C (2003) Manual of Wood Decay in Trees - The Arboricultural Association

8. Recommendations for Tree Work BS 3998 (1989 with 2010 amendment) - British Standards Institute, London

9. Tree Identification book(s)

10. Fungi Identification book(s)

Other relevant publications;

11. Ellison M (2005) Quantified Tree Risk Assessment: used in the management of amenity trees - Journal of Arboriculture Vol 31, International Society of Arboriculture

12. Clarke J & Matheny N (1993) A photographic guide to the evaluation of hazard trees in urban areas, 2nd edition - International Society of Arboriculture, USA

13. Schwarze F W M R Lonsdale D & Fink S (1997) An overview of wood degradation patterns and their implications for tree hazard assessment - Arboricultural Journal Vol 21, The Arboricultural Association

14. Lonsdale D Hazards from Trees F C Practice Guide 13 - Forestry Commission

15. Blanchard R O & Tatter T A (1997) Field and Laboratory Guide to Tree Pathology, 2nd edition - Academic Press

16. Mattheck C (2002) Tree Mechanics: Explained with sensitive words by Pauli the Bear - Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe

17. Schwarze F W M R Engals J & Mattheck C (1999) Fungal Strategies of Wood Decay in Trees - Springer-Verlag Berlin

18. Mattheck C & Huber H (1995) Wood - The Internal Optimization of Trees - Springer-Verlag Berlin

19. Hayes E (2001) Evaluating Tree Defects: A field guide - Safetrees, Rochester, MN, USA

20. ISA Glossary of Arboricultural Terms (2005) ISA Champaign, IL, USA

21. AAIS Research Information Notes

22. AAIS Tree Damage Alert Notes

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Useful Information

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Tea and coffee making facilities are available, please bring a packed lunch and any other refreshments.

Course Dates

Wednesday 12 April 2023 - Friday 14 April 2023 (9:00am to 4:00pm)

£500 per person (11 places available)

For group bookings please contact Lorraine Cornwell 01245 424286