Independent Arboriculture and Urban Forestry

We deliver a range of tree knowledge and tree inspection courses either directly through Independent Arboriculture and Urban Forestry (IAUF) or with some great training businesses we have relationships with. Simon Cox, who is a vastly experienced Lantra training instructor and arboricultural consultant, delivers all of our courses. He aims to delivery really good training – not average or merely acceptable. So, if you’d like to be trained by Simon you are in the right place.

Upcoming courses open for booking:

We also provide bespoke provision with training tailored to your needs. If you would like a course delivered directly to your organisation please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Some of the courses above are through other training providers but delivered by Simon, for these courses contact the training provider listed. For IAUF courses booking is simple, send the following information to

  • Course name and course dates.
  • Name, phone number and email address of attendee(s).
  • Billing address, company/person name, email address and telephone number.
  • We will then send an invoice for payment to confirm booking. If you will be issuing a purchase order, give us a ring beforehand to ensure a smooth process for both parties.
  • Note: Terms and Conditions as below.

Basic Tree Inspection and Survey (BTI)

A one day basic attendance course open to anyone who would like to identify hazardous trees. The content from Lantra Awards is designed to help you recognise and then report issues to an appropriate expert.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • State the legal and safety implications of hazardous trees
  • Maintain your own health and safety while carrying out a basic tree survey and inspection
  • Recognise hazardous trees
  • Determine level of risk
  • Decide on an appropriate course of action
  • Collect and maintain adequate information
  • Recognise your own limitations.

There are no prerequisites from Lantra for this course. More detail can be found on the Lantra website.

You can attend an open course by making an individual booking/s or we can run a bespoke course for your organisation.

Professional Tree Inspection (PTI)

This Lantra Awards three-day training aims to provide a specific tree inspection programme at an advanced level for competent arboriculturists to enable them to reach a level of competence that can be recognised as having received adequate training.

Objectives for the programme include:

  • Recognise the role of the tree inspector in risk management
  • Identify the legal framework in the context of statute and common law that affects tree inspection and the duties and liabilities of the owner, manager, and inspector
  • Summarise how a tree system functions, what constitutes a safe tree and know that energy is required to keep the tree in a healthy/safe state
  • Adopt a systematic and consistent methodology for carrying out visual tree inspection at an advanced level with the aid of binoculars, mallet, and probe
  • Collect data out in the field in accordance with the inspection instructions (having determined the scope and limitations) using a suitable format. For this course, a written survey template with appropriate headings will be used
  • Recognise a range of observable mechanical and biological defects as seen in trees and confirm by the use of textbooks where necessary
  • Identify a range of commonly seen pests, diseases, and disorders that affect tree safety, confirm their identity by the use of textbooks, where necessary, and state the arboricultural significance of finding them in the field
  • State the appropriate control/remedial measures required to eliminate or reduce risks identified in the inspection process to an acceptable level
  • Determine when an aerial inspection is required, also if pro-active management recommendations can be made which may eliminate future defects from forming
  • Prioritise the necessary tree/management works with time scales based on a broad category of risk assessment
  • Identify when it is appropriate to recommend the use of decay detecting or measuring equipment, based on a basic knowledge of the working principles of commonly available equipment
  • Understand that a balance between the remedial measure opted for and the range of benefits/values that a tree may have requires special attention, for example, amenity, wildlife, historical, veteran, rarity, and public access.

It is suggested candidates meet the prerequisites from Lantra:

Course members must be experienced in Tree Inspection, carrying out tree surveys and making management recommendations. Ideally they should hold a minimum level 3 qualification in Arboriculture – but this is not essential.

More detail can be found on the Lantra website.

You can attend an open course by making an individual booking/s or we can run a bespoke course for your organisation.

Professional Tree Inspection Re-assessment

For those that weren’t as successful as they’d hoped in the 3 day Lantra Awards Professional Tree Inspection course. This is an opportunity to re-take the assessment part of the PTI course, we also offer the opportunity to attend the full third day of a PTI course for some valuable recapping and tree inspection practice.

Also see Professional Tree Inspection (PTI) above.

Professional Tree Inspection Refresher

A one day Lantra Awards course to update and ‘refresh’ attendees. It includes both practical inspection training and an overview of recent developments in arboricultural research, opinion and industry standards.

It is ideal for anyone who has successfully completed the Professional Tree Inspection course as refresher training is recommended every 5 years. But don’t worry, this time it is non-assessed attendance only, so a little less stressful that the full 3 day PTI.

Objectives are the same as the PTI programme. More detail can be found on the Lantra website.

You can attend an open course by making an individual booking/s or we can run a bespoke course for your organisation.

Tree Inspection Improvers (ITI)

This three day training course, developed by Independent Arboriculture and Urban Forestry,  provides an overview of skills and knowledge required to formally assess trees, an introduction to tree inspection process, and opportunities to practice tree inspection. Attendees may go on to progress towards higher level training such as ‘professional’ tree inspection.

Not dissimilar to what has become known as Intermediate Tree Inspection – but this course is longer and better. Each day attendees can expect a mixture of outside practical sessions and indoor workshop style presentations:

  • Basics of tree species recognition
  • Tree biology – Parts, Processes, Aging, Energy use, Wood structure, Growth and Responses
  • Tree Risk Management – Client objectives and instructions
  • Systematic tree inspection processes/procedures and risk assessment
  • Risk control – making management recommendations
  • Survey vs Inspection and styles of recording and reporting
  • Measurement skills and useful tools and equipment
  • Tree survey and inspection practice sessions
  • Recognising defects, signs and symptoms of tree health and structural issues and their significance:
    1. Introduction to common tree pests and diseases
    2. Introduction to wood decay and common tree decay fungi
    3. Common defects in trees
  • Tree Inspection case studies and scenarios
  • Personal safety considerations when inspecting trees
  • UK legal system for tree owners and tree assessor with relevant case law
  • Introduction to detailed tree inspection equipment and techniques and when to seek further advice.
  • Suggested further reading and learning

Ideally attendees will be comfortable with basic plant science and have attended a Basic Tree Survey and Inspection course, but this is not essential.

You can attend an open course by making an individual booking/s or we can run a bespoke course for your organisation.

Highway Tree Inspection

Highway Tree inspection is aimed at highway personnel, to enable them to inspect highway trees for obvious defects. It’s a one-day Lantra Awards course with assessment that will give you the knowledge to be able to identify potential hazards on the highway network.

By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Identify obvious defects by visual inspection of the trees from ground level with the aid of binoculars, mallet and a probe: this may include an initial inspection by drive-by
  • Record defects and place the tree in a broad category of risk rating
  • Identify the required action upon finding a tree with an obvious defect.

More detail can be found on the Lantra website.

We offer this as a bespoke course for your organisation only.

Aerial Tree Inspection

A one-day workshop offered by Independent Arboriculture and Urban Forestry with practical training and demonstrations in aerial tree inspection. We use the Aerial Tree Inspection Guidance Note and other European reference material throughout the event.

  • A reminder of PTI standards for inspectors. Clear and concise observations, findings and comments
  • Explaining inspection types and understanding specifications for aerial inspections
  • The power of photographs and sketches
  • Explanation of a proforma
  • Equipment requirements and uses
  • Discussion and demonstration of inspection features including of cracks/splits, cavities, weak forks, and missing bark for different inspection types
  • Operation requirements for aerial inspections. This will include a risk assessment and briefing for the afternoon exercise and kit checks
  • Demonstration of aerial inspection. Instructor taking measurements with delegates recording information on proforma
  • Tree climbing exercise. Delegates to measure and record one tree each in teams
  • Bracing – Function and integrity
  • Summing up and sources of information.

Delegates should have passed the Professional Tree Inspector (PTI) course or similar and hold a tree climbing and aerial rescue competency.

If you would like to attend this course please get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Ultimate Tree Inspection (doesn’t make for the best acronym)

This event aims to challenge experienced tree inspectors to deliver and document good, not just adequate, advice. After some ‘refreshing’ CPD sessions, attendees will be given a brief to inspect trees and justify their recommendations.

Sessions will be delivered on:

  • Systematic tree inspection processes/procedures and risk assessment
  • Positive and negative recording styles and reporting for surveys and inspections
  • Pros and cons of detailed inspection equipment (stress wave timer, drills, tomogram, dynamic assessment, tree pulling) with case studies (you will get to see and touch some items on the day as well – partly weather dependent)

Then it is tree inspection time with scenarios set for each tree. A mixture of defects, signs and symptoms. Attendees will be expected to use their knowledge, experience, and reference material to deliver the brief and justify their recommendations to find a balance between the concerns of a client and what is arboriculturally significant or treatable.

This isn’t just about collecting facts but forming opinion in a palatable format for a client, to meet their expectations……. Which should open up much discussion to reinforce key points!

In summary; if you think you are already ‘good’ this event will be reassuring CPD, if you know you need to, or want to, improve, this event will guide you.

We collate an interested delegates list as this event is resource heavy. If you would like to attend please get in touch and we will see what we can do.

Practical Arboriculture Day

A one-day workshop discussing and introducing underlying tree knowledge and arboricultural skills useful for operational arborists. The day uses in person presentations, flip charts, exercises, fungi and real trees – no powerpoint presentations.

Attendees can expect:

  • Quick intro and session on benefits of trees
  • Basic tree biology, functions and process
  • Defects in trees
  • Pests and diseases (a little on biosecurity), fungi and wood decay
  • Reminder about Risk Assessments for tree work and the risk assessment process
  • Climbing equipment checks
  • Discussion on aerial rescue practice and emergency procedures
  • Group discussion – what makes for an efficient team
  • What makes for good pruning (and specifications)
  • Stuff to worry about – Tree legislation and H&S legislation
  • A little on tree management and tree risk management

Lasting 5-6 hours long this workshop is offered as a bespoke course for your organisation only (no more than 10 persons).

Valuing and Managing Veteran Trees

The course is aimed at any person, in any industry, with an interest in trees. The course is derived from a project called Vetree which aimed to provide basic level information on valuing and managing veteran trees. The course content incudes:

  • Definition of a veteran tree and their value for cultural history and biodiversity.
  • Field visit to look at veteran trees.
  • Importance of roots and the management of the land around veteran trees.
  • Management of veteran trees exercise and an introduction to pruning.
  • Protection, legislation, questions and summary of course.

It is a fantastic day appreciating older trees but also useful for upskilling and refreshing any tree inspector.

We offer this as a bespoke course for your organisation only.

Terms and Conditions for Training

Full joining instructions are normally forwarded 10 working days before the course commences.

Confirmation of any training place is strictly on receipt of 100% of the course fee including VAT, or, on receipt of a purchase order for larger organisations.

Please note that interest will be charged at 8% over the Bank of England base rate on accounts that are more than 30 days old. Reasonable debt recovery costs will also be charged. These could include a fixed fee or percentage (%) surcharge to cover collection costs incurred. Such charges, together with all other charges and legal fees incurred, shall be the responsibility of you (the client) and shall be legally enforceable. Re-invoicing of overdue accounts may incur a £50 charge (excluding VAT).

We reserve the right to postpone courses and to change the training venue. Should a course be postponed by us 10 days’ notice will be provided. If a course is postponed we will transfer the candidates’ booking to the next available date or should the candidate wish, a full refund will be provided.

Delegates may rearrange course dates up to ten days prior to the course start date. Otherwise, the full course fee will be incurred with no refunds provided to cancellations made 10 working days (or less) from the start of the course. This may be altered or waived in extreme circumstances. We will only request, handle, and record your data that is relevant to training provision and certification processes (e.g. Lantra Awards).