About the framework
This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the land-based and environmental sector. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person in the sector, suitable for job roles including; coppice & craft manager, assistant arboricultural officer, assistant head forester, contractor, social forester or woodland manager.
Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in trees and timber will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.
You must complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.
Mandatory essential skills
To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:
- application of number – level 2
- communication – level 2
However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.
If you haven’t got a level 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 1 as well as the essential skills above.
Competence and knowledge qualifications
You need to complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, selected from the lists below.
- City & Guilds Level 3 Award in Business Management for the Environment and Land-based Sector 500/9232/7
- City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in Forestry and Arboriculture 500/8719/8
- Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Forestry and Arboriculture 603/1904/5
Eligibility and entry to the programme
You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme.
Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in trees and timber. Employers may also apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.
You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you:
• have already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 trees and timber framework and can show the capacity to achieve a level 3 standard
• have previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the Level 2 apprenticeshipsni trees and timber framework.
See also the DfE operational requirements.
Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.
For this framework, the participant is required to complete a suitable employee rights and responsibilities (ERR) workbook. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the ERR has been completed.
It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.
The apprentice must be employed from day one.
While not required for apprenticeship certification, it is recommended that you complete a one day emergency first aid course approved by the health and safety executive.
The content of this framework (Framework No 430 Issue 3: 08/20) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy. For further information, contact: